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From Coup by Memo:
September 6, 2008
I never thought I would say this, but Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) may have just said the stupidest thing he has ever said.
This from today’s Tulsa World:
Regardless of what polls show, Inhofe said, voters will have to ask themselves a question once they get behind the curtain in the voting booth on Election Day:
“Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?” he asked.
“That’s the big question.”
“Let me be clear,” he said.
“I am not questioning Sen. Obama’s patriotism, but you have to question why at times he seems so obviously opposed to public displays of patriotism and national pride, like wearing an American flag lapel pin.”
Why is this the stupidest thing Inhofe has ever said? Four reasons:
1. Inhofe’s remarks don’t hold up to the law of non-contradiction (it may be easier to say he is lying). He says he is “not questioning” Obama’s patriotism; while at the same time questioning whether he “really loves his country.” This would only make sense to Jim Inhofe.
2. Obama never said he was “opposed” to wearing a flag pin. He often wears a flag pin. Besides, a fashion accessory is a ridiculous measure of patriotism.
3. If not wearing a flag pin means we should question someone’s patriotism, I guess Inhofe is also saying we should question the patriotism of most of the people who addressed the 2008 GOP convention (for pictures, see http://www.coupbymemo.com/flag…
No flag pins on John and Cindy McCain (though Cindy is wearing a very expensive-looking brooch).
No flag pins on Laura Bush, George Bush Sr., Joe Lieberman, Fred Thompson, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tom Pawlenty, or Tom Ridge. The only ones to wear flag pins were George Bush Jr. and Rudy Giuliani, who, as we know, are real patriots.
Sarah Palin might even not love her country. I can’t tell– what is that on her lapel, anyway? Is it a pin for the Alaska secessionist group she belonged to?
4. Fourth and finally, Inhofe’s remarks are stupid because Inhofe himself is no shining example of patriotism. In his stint in the US senate, he has voted over and over again to deny benefits to veterans and basic body armor for our troops fighting overseas. Inhofe is no patriot, regardless of how many flag pins he’s wearing.