Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Jeff Miller, Connie Mack and most Republicans signed Grover Norquistís pledge to never raise taxes. Now some may think thatís not such a big deal and others may actually like the idea.

I happen to think it is a very big deal.

Grover Norquist is the millionaire leader of the Tea Party movement and controls their super PAC. He is from Massachusetts and has little interest in Florida politics. But, if a Republican wants Tea Party support and Norquistís donations, they better sign his pledge.

 I am reminded of the German Reichstag of the 1930s. They were obligated to vote the way Hitler wanted or suffer the consequences. Of course, Iím not comparing Norquist to Hitler, but to me the principle is the same. There is no room for the signers of the pledge to compromise or change their mind. Their vote is predetermined. We might as well send a robot to Washington or Tallahassee.

 I guess Iím old fashioned, but I always believed that our elected officials were supposed to represent us, their constituents, and not some rich guy from up north.

Frankly, I wouldnít care if a candidate was a Republican or Democrat but if they were coerced into signing a pledge to support anyone but us, I would not vote for them.

Fortunately, we have a clear choice in November. We can vote for the Democratic candidates who have pledged their support to all of the American people, not just some special interest group. Or we can vote for the Grover Norquist puppets.


Robert Hirsch

Miramar Beach