Periodically, a lawmaker seeking to stem the perceived tide of cultural decline will propose a new loyalty oath. Last month, a Republican state lawmaker in Arizona, Rep. Bob Thorpe, proposed legislation requiring high school students to swear an oath defending the Constitution before being allowed to graduate. That measure, House Bill 2467, is pending.
In general, though, such efforts are on the wane — a state of affairs not lost on communists themselves.
‘‘It’s a good thing to get rid of these laws,’’ says Libero Della Piana, vice chair of the Communist Party USA. ‘‘But the reality is that people are more worried about foreclosures on their houses than subversives in student government.’’
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