I had the misfortune today of catching an interview with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) on the Neal Boortz radio show. In a display of knuckle-dragging impolitic diatribe Sen Inhofe accused President Obama of intentionally setting out to destroy America and eagerly agreed with the host that Obama lacks the courage to authorize a rescue of pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, currently being held captive in Afghanistan.
Once again I find myself appalled at what is passing for political discourse from Republican politicians. Not: “I disagree with the policies of the President”, but rather: [sic]”I think the President is doing all he can to destroy the country.”
Boortz: “I believe Obama is dedicated to the cause of weakening America.”
Inhofe: “I agree completely. I think he really is.”
Boortz: “Does Obama have the stones to send a mission to rescue our captured soldier?”
Inhofe: “No, he definitely doesn’t.”
These were by no means the only words Sen. Inhofe had to say, and his enthusiasm in expanding on the theme left no doubt whatsoever that he wished to express his firm belief that President Obama has set out to intentionally destroy the country. He made it overwhelmingly clear in his own words and his unblinking agreement to his interviewer’s most extreme accusations against the President that Barack Obama has no love for America and is in fact the kind of mole sent to destroy our Republic that the most fanatical extreme-right-wing survivalist tinfoil hatters claim him to be.
Sen. Inhofe? On behalf of many center and center-right voters, I would like to tell you that there is nothing you can do to drive me further into your political opposition’s camp.
When I heard statements from Democrats – either private citizens or politicians – during the previous administration that were in any way similar in accusing then President Bush of intentionally acting against the interests of the country I called them out for what they were: at best enthusiastically hyperbolic trash-talk and at worst libelous paranoid delusion. Though I cannot say as I sit here today that Democratic politicians engaged in the type of direct accusations of treason (“the crime that covers some of the more serious acts of disloyalty to one’s sovereign or nation”) against the sitting President I will willingly acknowledge any examples that can be produced. For senior members of federal bodies of government to casually level such accusations against the President is disgraceful and self-serving, at the cost to the country of inspiring internal extremism. These sorts of accusations made by senior Senators on national radio shows listened to by those who are already inclined towards extreme actions is – to be very Conservative – carelessly adding to the risk to the President himself, and to be very harsh crosses over the line into willfully bringing risk against the President.
I enjoy heated debate over important topics. I fully understand the necessity to retain a civil discourse and to assume and support the positive intentions of my counterparts and even opponents in these debates. To insert such wild accusations against the intentions of another – particulary among the United States leadership – strikes me as either the height of childish idiocy or the despicable underbelly of coldly calculated malice.
Sen. Inhofe, I find it virtually impossible to believe that you intentionally attack the foundation of the essential political discourse necessary to guide this country, or that you knowingly feed the fires of those irrational and dangerous extremists among us who could heighten the risk to our President. I also find it extremely difficult to believe that you are not fully cognizant of the power and import of your words. Only you can explain to all of us what you can be thinking by publicly casting your President as a willful traitor to the best interests of our country. Please, help me to see that you in fact have our best interests in mind.