Sometimes, ignorance is just that. If a person, a US senator, say, wants to remain willfully uninformed on issues that pertain to science and society then I suppose that’s they’re right. It’s no reason for anyone to take them seriously but it’s still a personal prerogative.
This, on the other hand, crosses the line from willful stupidity into outright nefarious. Steve Benen puts it this way:
“With forces loyal to Gbagbo targeting civilians and allegedly responsible for brutal violence, and a refugee crisis unfolding, the international community is rallying in support of the lawful Ouattara government. The U.S., E.U., U.N., and African Union have all called for Gbagbo to honor the will of the people and relinquish power. He’s refused, prompting the U.N. Security Council to place tough sanctions on his regime today.”
Seems pretty cut-and-dried. The Obama administration, along with the rest of the international community recognize that Gbagbo is clearly in violation of a whole host of human rights issues as well as illegally refusing to leave office after a democratic election certified by the AU.
Jim Inhofe feels differently. If this petty tyrant wants to murder and torture his opponents and wage a civil war to remain in power, then all he has to do is throw a few mentions of ‘God’ in his speeches and he’s always got a bed at the C Street house. Remember, the Family takes a vow of secrecy, follows a twisted version of Prosperity Doctrine, supports the murder of gays in Uganda, and regularly helps cover up extra-marital wrongdoing by its members. These are nothing more than a bunch of neo-fascists who believe the country should bow down in fealty to Right Wing Christianism and boast an enormous amount of influence over the governing of our nation. Jim Inhofe is a proud member.
I wonder what the reaction would be on the Right if a secretive, unaccountable Democratic group was offering support to a criminal dictator?
Here’s Inhofe’s DC number – (202) 224-4721, and the number for his Oklahoma City office – (405) 608-4381. Let’s ask him why he thinks it’s ok to support a murderous criminal and go against his own government and the international community.