The RNC (Republican National Committee) recently told the Republican presidential candidates to sign a pledge whereby the candidates promise to vote for whomever ultimately became a candidate from the Republican field.

I thought in the USA a vote is a private matter and that no one has a right to demand of anyone that they vote in a certain way – or that they vote at all – especially by making them sign a document to that effect.

Voting for whomever we like is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. To demand publicly that the candidates pledge to vote a certain way – by putting their John Hancock on the document – should be scorned by all Americans and citizens worldwide as voter tampering.

It is a bad example the RNC just set to the rest of the world – a world that Republicans especially, have gone to extraordinary lengths to convert to their brand of democracy through nation building.

All the candidates signed it. I would have liked if at least one of them had objected on the grounds that the demand violated the democratic principles that they claim to hold so dear, then a dialogue regarding appropriateness could have ensued.



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