Everybody Does Deserve Health Care

Let’s be clear that everyone deserves health care, even those people who voted for President-elect Donald Trump and for Republicans in the House and Senate.

We’re all in this together, whether we’re insured through our employer, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicare. All three have a symbiotic relationship with one another. Any adjustment to one of the three affects the other two. So when the Senate passed a bill recently that could lead to the repeal of ACA it created a lot of uncertainty about everyone’s health care in this country, except, of course, for the very rich.

Here’s what Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a right-wing extremist from a right-wing state, had to say about the vote:

Last night's vote paves a path for the Republican-led Senate to follow through on the promise we made to the American people; we are now set and ready to repeal Obamacare. For the last seven years Americans all across the country have been feeling the devastating effects of this law. And Oklahoma has been among the worst hit. Individuals have lost their health plans and many families have seen their hard-earned dollars come up short when it comes to affording their skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Repealing Obamacare will give us the opportunity to make things right again and will allow us to work with the incoming administration to ensure our healthcare system actually works for this country.

Of course, none of Inhofe’s indictments of the ACA are true, and he doesn’t even mention all the millions of people who now have insurance and are happy about it.

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Historical Inaccuracy: Inhofe Wrong Again On Iraq

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is exactly wrong when it comes to the nation’s military operations in Iraq.

In a response to President Barack Obama’s recent speech declaring the end of combat operations in Iraq, Inhofe released a statement that included this:

President Obama was wrong to be against the war in the first place, he was incorrect about the surge, and he still fails to recognize the strategic importance of the United States being in Iraq. Our effort to liberate the people of Iraq from the grip of one of the most dangerous and brutal dictators in the world cannot be overstated. In so doing, we have taken steps toward putting Iraq on the road to a democratic form of government that will provide stability to the region.

Here’s why Inhofe is wrong: (1) It’s disingenuous to argue that a future “democratic form of government” in Iraq is somehow intrinsic to our nation’s security or the region’s stability. Why not argue the same point about Saudi Arabia? (2) The military occupation, which has come at the cost of 4,418 American soldiers’ lives, has accomplished little. Iraq is still a mess and its government is unstable. The occupation has actually de-stabilized Iraq. (3) The so-called surge decreased American causalities, but it has done little to stabilize Iraq.

Here are some notable facts (in bold type) Inhofe left out of his press release about Obama’s speech:

Increasingly, Americans are tired of the continued military operations in Iraq. A recent CNN poll showed that 65 percent of Americans oppose the war and 62 percent argue it wasn’t worth fighting.

Besides the growing death toll of American soldiers another 31,929 soldiers have been wounded in Iraq, and some estimate that approximately 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died in the violence. American taxpayers have spent more than $740 billion to fight in Iraq, and that number increases by the day. With 50,000 troops still in Iraq, it’s almost certain Americans will spend at least $1 trillion on the occupation. That doesn’t account for the continuing medical care for wounded soldiers.

Speaking of getting it wrong, here’s what Inhofe said in a 2002 Meet The Press interview:

Our intelligence system has said that we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction -- I believe including nuclear. There's not one person on this panel who would tell you unequivocally that he doesn't have the missile means now, or is nearly getting the missile means to deliver a weapon of mass destruction. And I for one am not willing to wait for that to happen."

We all know now American forces were unable to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

A major difference between the Iraq and Vietnam military occupations is that the country seems virtually unified in its appreciation for the troops these days, but that doesn’t mean the invasion wasn’t ill-advised or wasn’t based on lies and distortions. Inhofe was and still is wrong about the military occupation and no amount of political posturing will ever change that.


Peace Walk Scheduled For September 23

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”We have guided missiles and misguided men”—Martin Luther King

The anti-war movement in Oklahoma continues to bring a message of hope and peace to area residents.

It does so in one of the reddest of red states. The corporate media here and angry warmongers such as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe continue to support Imperial President George Bush’s gruesome, Iraq occupation, even as leading Republicans, such as U.S. Sens. John Warner (Virgina) and Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) have moderated their views. But not everyone in Oklahoma is a Bushbot. Recent polling shows a majority of Oklahomans actually disapprove of the way Bush is handling the occupation.

The Iraq occupation is a disaster. It has taken the lives of thousands upon thousand of American soldiers and innocent Iraqi citizens. Some estimate the occupation will cost at least $2 trillion. The only people who have benefited from the occupation have been war profiteers, who put their own greed above the interests of their country.

The next “Spiritual Walk For Peace” will begin at 2 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Episcopal Center at NW 9th Street and Robinson. The walk goes around the Murrah National Memorial.

For more information, contact Nathaniel Batchelder at The Peace House.

Latest Republican Homophobe Caught In Police Sex Sting

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in Minnesota in connection with a police report that says he solicited a male undercover police officer to engage in “lewd conduct” in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom.

Craig is an ultra conservative who supports banning gay marriage because, according to a news article, it is "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."

But here he is in a metropolitan airport of all places trying to have sex with another man. Craig denies he was soliciting the officer, but his excuses make no sense. Why would you plead guilty to a charge in connection with a “lewd conduct” police report if it was not true?

Craig, like U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe here in Oklahoma, is one of those Republican leaders who have “gone Washington.” They feel no accountability to the people they represent or to basic logic. They are hypocritical and have no value system. Their only allegiance is to themselves and the big corporations who fund their campaigns.

Do not forget Inhofe’s gay-bashing performance on the Senate floor in June, 2006. Inhofe said, “I'm very proud that in the entire recorded history of our family, there has never been...any kind of homosexual relationship.”

I wonder what Inhofe and his family think of Craig’s conviction.