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I‘m sure you’ve noticed that Republican hate-speech has become more and more strident in recent weeks. Here is a sampling of just the past few weeks:
 

o Former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed “Obama policies make U.S. less safe“.

o Newt Gingrich: “I think people should be afraid” (regarding Obama’s policies and the closure of Gitmo).

o Gov. Sarah Palin, always good for paranoid hyperbole, says: the government wants to “control people“.

o “Tea Parties” sent hundreds of angry deluded Conservatives into the streets, often spouting racist remarks toward President Obama.

o And let us not overlook day-after-day of racists/sexist attacks toward Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
 

And now the latest from Senator Jim “Global Warming is a fraud” Inhofe (R-OK):

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo to the Muslim world was “un-American” because he referred to the war in Iraq as “a war of choice” and didn’t criticize Iran for developing a nuclear program.

Inhofe also criticized the president for suggesting that torture was conducted at the military prison in Guantanamo, saying, “There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo” (despite photos and eye-witness testimony).

“I just don’t know whose side he’s on,” Inhofe said of the president. – June 4, 2009

It’s comments like this that lead paranoid, xenophobes that already believe themselves to be part of some imagined oppressed minority, who are being told by Right-wing hate talk radio and cable TV hosts that their President is a “secret Muslim” that “pals around with terrorists”, “coddles terrorists” and (according to Rush Limbaugh on 6/04) “is doing a better job of destroying the U.S. than al Qaeda“, that can have the unintended (or intended?) consequence of pushing them to violence. Such is the growing level of vitriol towards a president that has been in office for less than 150 days.

In the months leading up to the 2008 election and in the months since, outrageous Republican rhetoric such as this has been reaching a fever pitch. Such talk harnesses hate and (as we’ve seen in recent weeks) can have deadly consequences, as it did in the murder of one of three remaining emergency medical late-term abortion doctors left in the U.S. while at church and in front of his wife singing in the choir.

Senator Inhofe already has a reputation as one of the most extremist, narrow-minded, deluded Right-wing ideologues in all of Washington.

I’ve started an online petition asking Congress to take a very public stand against such rhetoric by calling for the Censure of Senator Inhofe for his inflammatory remarks toward the President of the United States. Please add your name at the preceding link and pass it on to everyone you know.
 

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(UPDATE)
 

Since I felt it is necessary to act while Inhofe’s comments were still fresh, rather than wait until enough signatures were collected, I sent the following letter to both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (whom I felt was more likely to take action). I did NOT bother to contact either of my own state senators, both of whom are Republican. The following is a copy of my letter to Senator Reid (shorter is better, so I tried to keep it brief):

Dear Sen. Reid,

Last Thursday, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) made the following comment regarding President Obama’s speech in Cairo:

“I just don’t know whose side he’s on.”
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/06/05/obama-muslim-speech-inhofe/

In those same comments, Sen. Inhofe called the President “un-American” for calling the invasion of Iraq “a war of choice”, and claimed “There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo” (despite photos and eye-witness testimony).

I’m trying to imagine the howls of outrage had a Democratic Senator of made such comments about President Bush (especially while overseas).

These same people have already accused the President of being “a secret Muslim”, “a Marxist”, “helping the terrorists” and (according to Rush Limbaugh last week) “doing more damage to America than al Qaeda.”

This is the kind of reckless rhetoric that provokes already angry people to commit acts of violence and MUST be denounced.

Please, I STRONGLY urge you to Censure Senator Inhofe for making such offensive and potentially dangerous comments.

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