I just watched “60 Minutes” and became concerned about a man who has a strangle-hold on the American political system.
Grover Norquist has elicited signed pledges from 279 Republicans in the U.S. Congress and 41 in the U.S. Senate, promising NEVER to vote for a tax increase. He is holding them to those promises. When a congressman/woman realizes a pledge signed in the last century no longer fits our nation’s needs and tries to renege, Norquist invests millions of dollars he controls––from unnamed sources––to find and back political opponents for these potential escapees. Several have been defeated. Norquist insists the pledges are to voters, not to him personally. He, however, is the enforcer.
All five Republican members of the Oklahoma delegation signed the pledge. Their unwavering loyalty to this document frightens me. It is probably naive to believe a person elected owes his allegiance to his constituents, but I still believe a representative to Congress or the U.S. Senate is “hired” by the voters back home to represent our interests, that means considering problems and solutions as they arise.
In his interview, Norquist said he set himself on this course when he was 12 years old. He has never held political office. He provided sketchy details of his background. Neither did he saw what qualified him to hold all these political folks hostage to his personal vision of what is best for America. He said programs like Social Security, Medicare, FEMA, welfare and educational assistance impede individual growth and need to be abolished.
Recently, Grover Norquist pops up in pictures hob-knobbing with powerful Republicans all over Washington. Where did he come from? Who is this guy and how far will his ambition take him?
Short guys determined to control the masses always frighten me. Actually, radicals of any ilk do. There have been a number of them in the history of the world who turned out to be bad eggs. Read a little about this Norquist at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Norquist.