By Camille Landry for OklahomaActivist.com
This is an OklahomaActivist.com original opinion piece from contributor Camille Landry. Cross posted with permission.
The leaders who founded our nation and our state envisioned a government of laws and principles that would apply equally to everyone. They wrote a federal, then state constitutions to ensure that the most important […]
It’s no surprise the extremist, right-wing U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is unequivocal in his support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, but it doesn’t make it any easier for rational, intelligent people to live here.
— News 9 (@NEWS9) October 18, 2016
Inhofe, an ultra-conservative Republican, recently joined Trump’s National Security Advisory Council, according to media reports, and our 81-year-old Senator is giving the candidate his great advice:
Mine was an effort to try to simplify the issues, so that they’re easy and he doesn’t have to get into the weeds…we’ll find out if it works.
Of course, keeping Trump out of the “weeds” and urging him to “simplify the issues” is ultimately ambiguous and the local corporate media here won’t challenge Inhofe on a comment like this, but I guess what Inhofe means is that Trump needs to stop saying all the crazy and stupid stuff that he says and speak in more nuanced sound bites. But, as we all know, this is crazy trying to stop crazy.
We have a global warming denier and anti-LGBTQ homophobe trying to stop a serial sexual harasser of women and a compulsive liar from going ballistic in the media. Good luck with that.
Let the historical record show that when this country faced a real, viable fascist threat from a despicable, racist, sexist, lying wannabe dictator in waiting, The Oklahoman, our state’s largest newspaper, declined to speak up for freedom.
Clinton: 80+ newspapers endorse
Libertarians: 6 newspapers endorse
— JordanDane (@JordanDane) October 1, 2016
The newspaper’s non-endorsement of a presidential candidate in the Nov. 8 election in a Sunday editorial, and its relentless and unfounded criticism of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, taken together represent a cowardly, immoral act that should shock and rattle any rational human being living here.
Traditionally conservative newspapers across the country—The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Arizona Republic, among many others—have come out for Clinton because their ownership and their staff know the risk the country and world faces if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump becomes president, but The Oklahoman can only ask us to pray.
Here’s the gist of the newspaper’s non-endorsement of anyone for president this year:
Our advice: By all means vote on Nov. 8, then pray for this country.
That was the last line of a sexist, hateful editorial that essentially railed against Clinton but then between the lines indicated it wasn’t openly endorsing Trump either. The editorial first noted, “One nominee, Republican Donald Trump, is the wildest of wild cards” and that . . . “he’s prone to repeated crude and offensive behavior” but then it used its next seven paragraphs to beat up on Clinton on minor issues and ideology. It’s difficult not to see the extended Clinton criticism as an implicit endorsement of Trump.
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