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An open letter to Grover Norquist

Posted: January 17, 2013 - 10:16am

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform (the outfit that required loyalty oaths from legislators not to raise taxes for anything at any time):

Who are you? Who elected you to bring Congress into compliance with your philosophy, whatever it is? In a democracy the elected officials are chosen to provide for the common good of the electorate. Or at least that was what I learned as a student and have continued to believe as a voting adult.

Who are you to demand compliance to be provided you or offer threats of loss of the ability to legislate? Somehow that strikes me as more plutocratic than democratic. I am truly curious why your opinion is used by many in the news media as the “last, most accurate word.” The legislators who have lined up behind you are listening to you for direction as to how to legislate. Where is the electorate in this mix?

If your influence is so great that you are “He Who Must Be Obeyed,” what is your reward system that ensures compliance? Since you are privately sponsored or personally sponsored, how can you demand your rights to compliance beyond that of the electorate? Is it called “support” or “graft” of a specific new form? What form of support can you offer without the knowledge of an informed electorate?

Why do the legislators have to check with you before they vote for a bill impacting the electorate? Have they been good boys and girls for you? How does this process provide for the overall well being of the nation and its citizens?

It is very confusing to me.

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Seafarer 01/26/13 - 09:49 am
Same Here

I have never understood this Grover Nordquist thing. Why are lawmakers loyal to him? Why does what he says the last word on anything. Does he have a picture of them all and a goat? What's the penalty for not following his precious orders? Who, exactly, is this guy?

Raoulduke 01/26/13 - 10:10 am

Which oath binds the legislators? Apparently! Some had taken two .One to serve the people of this country,and defend the constitution from domestic,and foreign enemies.The other oath request they not do their job. Legislators who did not side with Nordquist. Did not get reelected.Because Nordquist spent so much money against them.They lost the race.

Norseman 01/26/13 - 11:12 am
According to Gov Jindal, the

According to Gov Jindal, the party needs to quit being the stupid party. I agree wholeheartedly. This grover guy is one problem of the branding of the republican party.
He needs to either get elected to office, or find some other bully pulpit to strongarm our elected offcials.

Time for the republicans to grow a pair and publically denounce this character.

hutchca 01/29/13 - 04:21 pm
Time for voters to exercise the Navarre Reminder

Regardless of whether there is a Grover Norquist or anyone else watching the pocket book and holding to the fire feet of US Congressmen and Senators, someone needs to do it and it is obviously not the voters. Lead, follow or get out of the way. That may be what is involved with PAYING ATTENTION.

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