Senator Andrew Rice
Democratic Floor Leader Elect
Senate District 46
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2010
Sen. Andrew Rice
Senator Rice: “GOP Leadership Must
Rebuke Incendiary Rhetoric”
Rice (D-Oklahoma City) said today, the anti-government rhetoric
among some Republican state legislators has reached disturbing levels.
Rice pointed to comments by a Republican legislator running for
statewide office who said on Wednesday the federal government is
"tyrannical" and said he is willing to take his challenge
of the federal government "to the max."
Rice said these comments are particularly disturbing given the
fact the remarks come just days after the Republican state legislator
and others said the state of Oklahoma should create a citizen's
militia to protect Oklahoma's sovereignty from an "overreaching"
United State's government.
"All elected officials have a tremendous responsibility to
be careful with the words we choose to use in public," Senator
Andrew Rice said. "At a time when more and more people are
using words that carry violent connotations to express what may
be legitimate frustrations with government policies, you would hope
that elected officials would refrain from feeding into that frenzy."
Rice said that non-partisan experts of anti-government violence
and terrorism have recently expressed concerns about the rhetoric.
Rice pointed to comments by David Cid, executive director of Oklahoma
City-based Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, who
was quoted in the Oklahoma Gazette saying: "People are angry
and frustrated. And among those who are angry and frustrated, there
is a small number, but there are a number who will pick up a gun.”
Rice said examples of evidence of anti-government violence occurred
both in Austin, Texas and Michigan as one group threatened violence
against the government, and another person act out on his anger
in an act of domestic terrorism against the IRS, killing one innocent
citizen and himself.
"I call on the Republican leaders of the Legislature to rebuke
this inflammatory language of some of their members coming just
days before the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing,"
Rice said. "All Oklahomans should be offended to hear any elected
official use language that is reminiscent to the anti-government
language used by Timothy McVeigh, especially leading up to this
painful time of year for our state."
Rice explained while McVeigh was on death row awaiting his execution
for the murder of 168 innocent Oklahomans, he sent a letter to a
London, England newspaper titled: "Why I bombed the Murrah
building." In it, McVeigh explains: "I reached the decision
to go on the offensive - to put a check on government abuse of power,
where others had failed in stopping the federal juggernaut running
amok," he said.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Rice: (405) 521-5610