The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims

What has happened to the leadership of the Republican Party? Are there no longer any statesmen/women in the GOP? Does the party have any leading figures who believe in the Bill of Rights?
The GOP’s leadership has been taken over by a group of shrill demagogues who cozy up to birthers, talk of rescinding the 14th amendment and want to deny peaceful American Muslims the right to practice their religion. In terms of decency and principle, this season may mark the lowest ebb for the Republican Party since the McCarthy era of the 1950s.
There is no divisive issue the party won’t exploit, no wedge it won’t use as it seeks votes and tries to separate the unum into pluribus. If you listen to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), head of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, gleefully talk about exploiting the emotions surrounding the so-called 9/11 mosque in New York, you can see how low the party’s leadership has sunk.
There is no good reason for a mosque in NYC to concern the vast majority of Americans — especially nine years after the Sept. 11 atrocities. But Cornyn can’t wait to continue the shameful harangues against Islam.
Newt Gingrich — who won’t be out-demagogued by Sarah Palin or anyone else — has gone so far as to compare the Cordoba Initiative to Nazis.
Rick Scott, trying to win the GOP primary for governor of Florida, has an ad attacking President Obama for supporting the Cordoba Initiative’s right to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. What in the world does that issue have to do with being Florida’s governor?
A few Republicans have called on the leaders of the party to stop the shameful attacks on the Cordoba Initiative. Mark McKinnon, former adviser to George W. Bush, praised Obama and criticized the leaders of his party, pointing out that they are “reinforcing al-Qaida.” But McKinnon is little known and not among the party’s elected leaders:


From the standpoint of political strategy, the most interesting thing about the GOP’s anti-Muslim bigotry is this: It betrays a lack of answers to the nation’s pressing problems. For more that a year, Republicans in the House and the Senate have been predicting big gains in the mid-term elections, as they pointed to Democratic votes they claimed most citizens rejected: stimulus, health care, Wall Street reform.
If those votes are so unpopular and pave the way for GOP success in the mid-terms, why do they feel the need to whip up anti-Muslim hostility?

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John

August 17th, 2010
11:33 am

“Elitist John, since you like to wave the Constitution like a woman waves a hanky at an Elvis concert, please tell me where the Constitution approves gay marriage? Do you not find it slightly amusing that the judge who ruled against what the majority of Californians approved is gay? Conflict of interest perhaps?”

C Tucker, the race baiter…read the judge’s ruling, it’s the 14th amendment. The supreme court and upheld many times that marriage is protected under the 14th. Conflict of interest? First of all, the judge has never claimed nor denied that he’s gay. Secondly, would a heterosexual married man or woman be a conflict of interest? Would that also mean women should not rule on cases of abortion or other women’s issues, etc.?

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

welchers even afraid to just read ……

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
11:32 am

where are the rights of gays mentioned in the Constitution.

Grumpy

August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

Give it up folks. Once you get past about 100 comments, Ms. Tucker quits reading and moves on to her next “poke the bear” column.

p.s. I guess Harry Reid is now part of the McCarthy wing of the Republican Party too.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

and Kenyans afraid to lead….

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
11:37 am

neo-Carlinist;
All I can say is OMG are you lost. Really, football. Since BO has taken over 3 million jobs have been lost and he is doing nothing to stimulate the job market to regain them. Now that’s more of a socialistic trend than football

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:38 am

John

August 17th, 2010
11:33 am

You brought up abortion while addressing the Constitution. Remember, abortion was never voted on. Instead, the judicial branch “interpreted” what the Constitution meant. Therefore, the Constitution is open to intrepretation. Make it mean what you want, right?

John

August 17th, 2010
11:40 am

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. ”

C Tucker, the race baiter …here is the 14th amendment. Are you trying to say gay people born or naturalized in the United States are not American citizens?

getalife

August 17th, 2010
11:41 am

The cons want to send them to camps like the Japanese Americans so this is as good as it gets for them.

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
11:41 am

granny godzilla
August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

welchers even afraid to just read …

No sense wasting time reading propaganda. The cleaners called, your burqa is ready for pickup

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:41 am

John

August 17th, 2010
11:40 am

And that has exactly what to do with gay marriage?

Lots of hate

August 17th, 2010
11:43 am

on this blog, mainly from the left

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
11:44 am

getalife
August 17th, 2010
11:41 am

The cons want to send them to camps like the Japanese Americans so this is as good as it gets for them.

No Rep. John Lewis wants to send them to that little island so it will sink

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:45 am

You Asked wrote:

Excuse me not Rasmussen – it was Marist poll last week that did the poll and showed only 16% of Mnahattan residents opposing the Mosque.
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*** Sorry, but I’m going to have to call B.S. on this claim, too … as well as your assertion that a significant number of Jews support the mosque.

Here’s what I find from a Wall Street Journal article of Aug. 11 (titled “Bloomberg’s Rating Drops”) … feel free to Google it:

“The mayor’s approval rating declined in most categories of voters versus the last Marist poll, in April. The drop was particularly steep among Jewish voters, the overwhelming majority of whom oppose the mosque. The rating among Jews—historically a bloc of robust support—fell 15 percentage points to 58%. ‘The difference is significant,’ said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist poll.

“According to the [Marist] poll, which surveyed 696 registered voters, 53% of city voters oppose constructing the center near Ground Zero, while 34% favor its development and 13% are unsure. One in five Jewish voters said they supported the mosque, while more than 70% opposed the project, according to the poll.”

This from Real Clear Politics regarding the same poll: “A nearly identical 50% say that building such a structure ‘offends the memory of the 9/11 victims and their families.’ Thirty-four percent say the project will ‘help people better understand the teachings of Islam and the Muslim religion.’”

Unless you have some kind of documentation to the contrary, I call that “checkmate.”

B. Morris

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Americans are exercising their first amendment rights, and for that, the left excoriates them.

An imam of questionable allegiance is exercising his first amendment rights, and for that, the left celebrates him.

HDB

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:27 am
John

August 17th, 2010
11:22 am

Elitist John, since you like to wave the Constitution like a woman waves a hanky at an Elvis concert, please tell me where the Constitution approves gay marriage? Do you not find it slightly amusing that the judge who ruled against what the majority of Californians approved is gay? Conflict of interest perhaps?
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I’ll take that one: look for the basis in the 14th Amendment: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Add the 9th: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Since marriage is a contract based in both legal and moral principles, equal protection for all parties is paramount. It does NOT restrict as of sexual preference!! The right to choose a marital partner can not be disparaged or denied to ANYONE!! The judge ruled on the basis of law!!!

Were you just as disparaging at the judge who lfted the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf….and he is a stockholder in the oil companies?? Isn’t THAT a greater conflict-of-interest??

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

No Rep. John Lewis wants to send them to that little island so it will sink

John Lewis, Hank Johnson, whatever–hey, all them ni*CLANG!* Congressmen look alike, right?

sheesh.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Harry, I don’t personally “equate Christians to Muslims” because as you know, I think ALL zealots are fools, which I guess means I find both groups to be equally foolish, BUT this is not about me; it’s about the First Amendment and the 14th (equal protection). SO, if you have a beef, or want to change the rules, write your congressman, let’s convene a Constitutional Convention and fix this mess.

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

If this had happened a couple of years ago, CT would have posted an item titled “Bush Economy Kills Kids”:
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Sheriff Larry Williams said 29-year-old Shaquan Duley told investigators she was distraught about money troubles and unemployment and that she killed her children by putting her hand over their mouths

How’s that “Recovery Summer” working out?

getalife

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

Asleep at the switch,

I think that was RW’s rep.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:47 am

B. Morris

August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

I believe the final decision on this issue will be well know after November’s election.

Mike K

August 17th, 2010
11:47 am

@John
“We’re ok with driving Japanese cars, aren’t we?”

Yes – and we’re okay with Muslims building mosques – just not at the site of an attack against Americans that was motivated by Islamic extremism. Sheesh it’s totally different.

As I said, this mosque is akin to building a German heritage museum at Aushwitz or a Japanese heritage museum at Pearl Harbor, because it celebrates the ideology that inspired a massacre at the site of the massacre. Not all Germans or Japanese are bad people and very few of them today would support what their governments did back in the 30’s, but most people would still find it offensive for them to build memorials to their national heritages at the sites where they committed atrocities that were inspired by a belief in the superiority of those national heritages. The Cordoba initiative is a proposal to build a mosque and a community center near the site of a massacre inspired by the belief that Islam is superior to other religions (and that it should politically dominate the world). That’s why it’s offensive. This isn’t rocket science.

Mind you, Muslims have a right to build the mosque (as the President pointlessly lectured), but it’s offensive to choose to build a mosque called the “Cordoba initiative”, of all things, near to Ground Zero. If this Imam truly wanted to encourage interfaith harmony, then he would choose another location (and another name) for his mosque.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:48 am

C Tucker, the race baiter wrote:

John

You brought up abortion while addressing the Constitution. Remember, abortion was never voted on. Instead, the judicial branch “interpreted” what the Constitution meant. Therefore, the Constitution is open to intrepretation. Make it mean what you want, right?
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*** GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
11:48 am

The bigger point here is that because Obama is so out of touch with the American public, he once again mishandled what should have been a straightforward topic- and politicized it along party lines. Obama’s inability to understand what it means to be an American is turning out to be his Achilles’ heal.

It’s amazing how the “right’ have these short term memories. Obama didn’t bring this out into and into the news…..Palin, Fox, et al did. How “right” of the “right” to have conveniently forgotten that part.

The GOP, and may I add some Democrats as well that you neglected to mention, are opposed to the location of the proposed mosque only, not their freedom to worship.

You speak with forked tongue. You say it’s okay that they have their mosque but wrong for where they plan to build it, (which, as everyone knows, is no where NEAR ground zero), and that in no way infringes upon their freedom when you know that’s not true. What’s the point in having the “freedom” to worship your religion if you can only do it where you’re told to do it? Do Christians have those same restrictions?

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:50 am

disregard anything i post because i am a moron.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
11:50 am

Mike K.

There is one overcrowded mosque four blocks away.

Is that too close too?

What about the strip club one block away?

Or all the Muslim owned shops on the same block?

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

August 17th, 2010
11:51 am

Geeze, are you going off deep end come back to earth!

Jason

August 17th, 2010
11:51 am

Cynthia, How much would it take for you to retire? Just go away.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:51 am

stands for decibels

John Lewis, Hank Johnson, whatever–hey, all them ni*CLANG!* Congressmen look alike, right?
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*** Still waiting for any credible proof that Tea Party members called Lewis and other black Congressmen the N-word.

There’s $100,000 waiting to be claimed.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
11:53 am

cons would welch on that reward.

tscali

August 17th, 2010
11:53 am

(CNN) – A proposed mosque to be built two blocks from the World Trade Center has little support nationwide, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll suggests.

According to the new survey out Wednesday, nearly 70 percent of all Americans oppose the controversial plan to build the mosque just blocks away from the solemn site in lower Manhattan while just 29 percent favor the construction.

Broken down by party affiliation, 54 percent of Democrats oppose the plans while 82 percent of Republicans disapprove. Meanwhile, 70 percent of independents said they are against the proposal.

The poll also showed opposition did not vary widely by age.

“Support for the controversial project is slightly higher among younger Americans than older Americans, but even among those under the age of 50, six in ten oppose the plan,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
11:54 am

Not all Germans or Japanese are bad people and very few of them today would support what their governments did back in the 30’s, but most people would still find it offensive for them to build memorials to their national heritages at the sites where they committed atrocities that were inspired by a belief in the superiority of those national heritages.

You are mixing apples with oranges. German and Japanese AMERICANS, have the right to build a site there if they wished. German and Japanese citizens who are not Americans do not. People who are not Citizens of the country where the event took place, have no rights whatsoever in that country. We, as Americans, can not go to Berlin and build a shrine at Bradenburg gate; however Germans of American descent can.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:54 am

Jason
August 17th, 2010
11:51 am

No. Let her continue writing. We need to have people like Cynthia continuing to speak for the left. It makes life so much easier to be a conservative when you have people like her representing the other side.

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
11:56 am

stands for decibels
August 17th, 2010
11:46 am

No Rep. John Lewis wants to send them to that little island so it will sink

John Lewis, Hank Johnson, whatever–hey, all them ni*CLANG!* Congressmen look alike, right?

sheesh.

Sorry for the name confusion they are both dems, so what’s your point. And they are called mongrels

Avenger

August 17th, 2010
11:56 am

Kayaker. ” That scares most Americans who have half a brain and it should scare you. If not, you are part of the problem, certainly not the solution.” Why would you and Joe Reb. be scare of a few terrorists. Heck, during most of the 1800s and 1900s, America had a big terrorist group (kkk). The worst thing about this evil group was that they were backed by the government and the majority of the “American people”. So – I ask again. If the majority of Americans are against this minority, why are you afraid? Of course, I for one wouldn’t necessarily agree with the majority of the “American people”. The “American people” disregarded the constitution and was morally wrong on the biggest issue ( racism and bigotry) that America had to face.

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
11:56 am

tscali – the link is always nice to see as well, (only because there are some on this blog who inadvertently change wordings around to suit their agendas). Thanks ahead of time for the link to your article!

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
11:56 am

*** Still waiting for any credible proof that Tea Party members called Lewis and other black Congressmen the N-word.

1) Could you more thoroughly miss the point I’d made if you tried?

2) When John Lewis says “Somebody called me a ‘n!gg3r’”, you say “I’m profoundly sorry to hear that, sir.” You don’t ask for [bleep]ing video proof.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
11:57 am

Yeah, she is kicking your buts and some people can’t be bought.

Figures, you want to bribe her.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

DebbieDoRight wrote:

What’s the point in having the “freedom” to worship your religion if you can only do it where you’re told to do it? Do Christians have those same restrictions?
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*** Why, yes they do.

Here are three quick examples that are a few years old, but make the point:

1. “Sponsors of the Good News Club, a private Christian organization, applied to the Milford Central School in upstate New York to use a school facility after hours. The school officials denied the group’s request, although they allowed other community organizations to use the space. The club sued the school on free-speech grounds, claiming the school discriminated against it based on its views. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Milford Central must make its facilities available for religious organizations in addition to other community groups.”

2. “In Massachusetts, the American Center for Law and Justice filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming a school committee in Marion denied a religious organization access to the school cafeteria to discuss church business. ACLJ filed the suit on June 20 on behalf of Gary Taylor, pastor of the South Coast Community Church, claiming the school’s policy violates the church’s free-speech rights … (T)he school allows other organizations such as the YMCA, sports teams and other civic groups to use the facilities, the suit states.”

3. “In Texas, a pastor who was denied after-hours access to school facilities for a religious play now can do so under a settlement reached with the school district. The settlement allows a Naples church to use school space for after-hours religious purposes. Use of the facilities is governed under the same terms and conditions as other community groups, the settlement said.”

Next …

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

STD

2) When John Lewis says “Somebody called me a ‘n!gg3r’”, you say “I’m profoundly sorry to hear that, sir.” You don’t ask for [bleep]ing video proof

No Lewis committed race baiting. What do you left wingnuts call it?

JackLeg

August 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

I think these wonderful peace loving Muslims should be able to kill as many infidels as they want, isn’t that right CT? CT and her ilk are so lost in space; even the few peace loving Muslims there are do not want the mosque built there, and they are going on TV to tell liberal loser why. Please look up the definition of Dhimmitude, the building of this mosque has nothing to do with building bridges it has ALL to do with subjugation of the US. Muslims build mosque at places that they have won battles or over the top of churches to show superiority. If they want to build a mosque how come the land further away from ground zero is not good enough for them? You know why, it is because this is not the site of their victory over the US infidels. I do believe that liberals get dumber every day.

jt

August 17th, 2010
12:01 pm

I really don’t care about the muslims. I recognize the REAL enemy of liberty.

Since the commies bought out our corrupt federal government, there has to be something to feed the military/industrial complex. Islam.

Regardless, Cynthia uses the term McCarthyism. I wonder if she did her homework?????????

Using new information obtained from studies of old Soviet files in Moscow and now the famous Venona Intercepts — FBI recordings of Soviet embassy communications between 1944-48 — the record is showing that McCarthy was essentially right. He had many weaknesses, but almost every case he charged has now been proven correct. Whether it was stealing atomic secrets or influencing U.S. foreign policy, communist victories in the 1940s were fed by an incredibly vast spy and influence network.

Just google it.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:01 pm

Upon Further Review,

1 – McVeigh cited his “peace with my God…” Was he referring to Allah? the God of Abraham? The Buddha?

2 – Rudolph, whom you seem to have omitted, most certainly viewed his actions as Christian.

3 – I didn’t know there was a “time limit” as far as the actions of “wacos and misfits”. OH, and in my opinion, al Qeada and ANY terrorist falls intot he “misfit” category. some are just better funded (follow the money… it begins when you fill your SUV).

MY POINT is, not every Muslim is a “wacko and misfit” and if our previous President spent more time hunting and killing “wackos and misfits” – a/k/a paying attention at August 2001 security briefings held by members of the CIA “bin Laden unit” AND less time trying to reverse engineer an invasion/occupation of Iraq, maybe 9/11 doesn’t happen.

BUT that’s all speculation, right? I mean we know 9/11 happened, but we don’t know if every Muslim on the planet was involved, so we need to condemn and sanction ALL Muslims, lest we spend the rest of our lives living in fear.

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DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
12:02 pm

Sheriff Larry Williams said 29-year-old Shaquan Duley told investigators she was distraught about money troubles and unemployment and that she killed her children by putting her hand over their mouths. How’s that “Recovery Summer” working out?

Anyone remember who was president when Susan Smith drowned her kids for “love”?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:01 pm

And again, please cite an instance where a Christian strapped a bomb to a mentally handicapped girl and sent her in a public place to randomly kill people all in the name of God. I’ll wait…..

JackLeg

August 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

Liberals are so stupid that liberals are like lemmings to the Muslims, they will follow them over a cliff; guess what liberals they would kill the infidel as soon as they could. And that means you

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

Well, I hope the poor, can’t-catch-a-break Christians, especially the white males among them, so savagely persecuted in the United States, manage to shake off this yoke of Muslim oppression without my help.

Later, kids.

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:05 pm

JackLeg @ 12:00

Can they get ant dummer? How about Ole Harry Howdy Doody Reid scrambling to keep his job by disagreeing with BO on the Mosque? Why didn’t he stand up and disagree with him on his socialist agenda?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

Well at least you shifted your blame from Bush to WASPs.

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

granny godzilla
August 17th, 2010
11:35 am

welchers even afraid to just read ……
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MNGL, the net is full of mis-information designed for people who believe anything. Maybe you should heat the kook-aid, cause the ICE is not working.