Don raises an interesting point: if supporting the Ground Zero Mosque was such a no-brainer, then why are Democrats getting so bent out of shape about Bob Turner (R) pointing out that Dave Weprin (D) enthusiastically supported it being built?
Don already knows the answer, of course:
If supporting the building of the mosque is the right thing to do, why not stand by those words that were said 13 months ago? Oh wait, that high-moral-ground stand might cost Democrats a seat in Congress. So what liberals are saying is that they are willing to stand up for unpopular causes — unless doing what they say is right may cost them a few votes.
Continue reading #rsrh Don Surber, Turner/Weprin & the Ground Zero Mosque.
Remember when George W. Bush and his neoconservative allies used to say that the “war on terror” was a struggle on behalf of Muslims, decent folks who wanted nothing more than to live free like you and me? Remember when Karen Hughes paid millions to produce glitzy videos of Muslim Americans testifying about how free they were to practice their religion in the USA? Remember Bush’s second inaugural, when he said “America’s ideal of freedom” is “sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran?”
Sure, this neoconservative remembers, Petey. Just like this neocon remembers how at the time you and the rest of the freaks in the professional antiwar movement – and may you never be forgiven for your part in bringing over The New Republic to that side – did everything in your power to assault, deride, decry, degrade, and generally oppose the men and women who you are oh-so-hypocritically pining for now. And that pining will last precisely as long as it takes to get the grownup party on foreign policy – mine – back into office. After that, you’ll call us devils again.
Moving along to the merits of your article – such as they were – face facts, Sparky: you don’t speak for the trees. You also don’t speak for the 70% of the population that readily admit that the backers of the Ground Zero Mosque have every right to build it. You may not even speak for the 30% or so that want it built. You speak for the fringe… just like old times, hey? Continue reading #rsrh Aww, Pete Beinart’s all nostalgic…
There’s been a good deal of discussion over whether the President should have gotten involved with the conflict over whether to build a mosque in Ground Zero*. Certainly the President himself has had second thoughts about that: his strong statement on Friday was followed up by a predictable backtrack on Saturday, and the anonymous sniping from his own administration officials over that was likewise inevitable. But what probably should not be a point of contention is that the issue is getting in the President’s way on other things.
For example, remember the Gulf? – Because the President wishes that you had. Unfortunately for him, President Obama’s comments last weekend completely fouled his later attempts to tout the Gulf for tourism**.
It was meant to be a quick family trip to the Gulf Coast to show that local beaches are safe for swimming and that the Obamas can vacation as humbly as the next family.
But President Obama’s visit was overshadowed by his foray into the dispute over the mosque planned near the former World Trade Center site, once again drowning out what was supposed to be a sharp, focused message.
Like it or not, but the country wants to talk about the mosque thing. And they’re not happy about it – to the point where the President can’t count on majority support for this from his own party. You know, that sounds familiar: I wonder if Barack Obama remembers the Dubai Ports matter? I further wonder if he realizes that he’s currently in the middle of the equivalent to that unhappy time in American domestic politics.
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