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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Agnostic Angie

August 17th, 2010
4:10 pm

If fear-mongering were a Olympic sport, Southern Baptist’ would sweep the medals…..

Agnostic Angie

August 17th, 2010
4:18 pm

I forgot my Haldol and Abilify. Please excuse me while I smear the walls

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

August 17th, 2010
4:33 pm

Normal
Saddam might have been a bad man
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I now know enough about you that’s all I needed to know!!!

BTW, what size burka do you wear?

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

August 17th, 2010
4:35 pm

barking frog
August 17th, 2010
3:26 pm

ihftgaihth 3:22 He would not have had that choice
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Nice dodge! Would you like some bread with your kook-aid?

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August 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

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August 17th, 2010
4:32 pm

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Simply guilt by association. Get used to it cause Republicans will be pounding it all the way back into control. :)

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

August 17th, 2010
4:38 pm

…and ctucker remains silent and world was good! :)

Paul

August 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

Awaiting moderation at 4:51 – why?

Avenger

August 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Carlinist. You must remember that a lot of old farts have nothing to to but sit around reading the news and making up things after forgetting what they read.

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 18th, 2010
7:38 am

Oopsies, looks like some of your Democrat fellow travelers are the new McCarthyites now…Harry Reid says the mosque should be built somewhere else!

Lil' Barry Bailout

August 18th, 2010
7:46 am

More of the Idiot Messiah’s “Recovery Summer”:

US Says Bankruptcies Reach Nearly 5-Year High

U.S. bankruptcy filings have reached the highest level since 2005, government data released on Tuesday show, as the economy slows and the unemployment rate hovers just below double digits.

There were 422,061 bankruptcy filings between April and June, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, up 9 percent from 388,148 in the prior three-month period, and up 11 percent from 381,073 a year earlier.

buck@gon

August 18th, 2010
8:25 am

Cynthia,

Your harpy-like squawking over this issue is just ruinous to your own perceived logic. For years the left has shrilly whined about US imperialism (especially one Jay Bookman). Now that we see Islamic imperialism, suddenly it’s all the GOP’s fault.

Good for you and your readers that most Americans think the GOP is entirely correct in what they’re doing–good thing for Harry Reid that he has come out on OUR side as well!

Cynthia, you are a nincompoop.

Leon Van Gelderen

August 18th, 2010
8:56 am

II disagree with Obaqma and Cynthisa Tucker’s position on the Ground Zero Mosque because any one who thinks that you need 15 stories to build a Mosque is totally ignorant to the real purpose behind this proposal. Muslim Mosques are built to be seen from afar and as evidence of a conquest. Why the need for 15 stories and in a building directly hit as part of a Muslim attack on an American financial landmark?

Just go to Israel you see examples of this everywhere. My favorite analogy that I know personally was built to be evidence of a conquest is in the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem Only recently the elaborate and ornate Hurva synagogue was rebuilt as on of the tallest buildings in the old city with a magnificent dome. The synagogue was destroyed twice since the 1700s by Muislims. and what is next door – a mosque and spire . Too small for a service and rarely used. In 1948 the synagogue was blown up by Arabs after the old city was made “judenfee.” so what memorializes this series of conquests in ther name of Allah? an unused mosque.
And guess what the Arab reaction to rebuilding the synagogue they destroyed in 1948- a protest and claims it was a provocation and attempt to story Al Aqsa Mosque almost a half mile away. So where is there sensitivity and tolerance???????????
And guess what Imam Rauf said in australia in 2004 when he waws off the State Department dole? That the US and Christians were also terrorists for killing civilians in World War II and that Muslims do not commit such horrific acts. Isn’t that the justification for the 9/11 attack?

Let’s see where the money for this 15 story monument really comes from – I am sure it is not from American Muslims. I challenge the President to have Homeland urity expose the true donors of this multi million dollar monument.

So is this really a constitutionally protected exercise of religion or something else?. How about a 15 story Japanese religious shrine at Pearl Harbor? “

too tall trucker

August 18th, 2010
9:20 am

CT is like Jimmy Carter, the older she gets the more demented. CT, YOU are the racist, YOU are the intolerant one, YOU are the one that tries to blindly stir up emotions with your unsubstantiated claims, your assumption that others are “expoiting”. If folks don’t agree with you they are exploiting the issue? BO is shwoing himself to be just another wishy washy south side Chicago politician, who just happens to be HALF black. But your blind adherence to him and the naive opinion that even the evil in this world will go away if we all just play nice will, if left unchecked, find you in a position where you will no longer be able to express your opinions openly, no matter how biased they are.

Ahilq

August 18th, 2010
1:37 pm

Imam refuses to reveal source of funding for the mosque.
70% of people polled are against the mosque being built in that particular location.
Our beloved POTUS screws up talking points within a 24 hour period
The Majority Leader from Nevada, a liberal DEM, *GASP* is against the location site of the mosque
Now, the imam refuses to meet the Gov. of NY for dialogue on the issue. I thought the imam was all about normalizing relations witht the west and being tolerant and sensitive.

What a joke.

Hakim Shaheed

August 18th, 2010
2:53 pm

Many have no idea of Islam and Muslims. The best thing that can be said is that these very things going on right now are in the Quran. There will be people who will lead many astray for political and financial reasons to the hellfire. The CREATOR has given the republican party permission to do what it is doing. It is HIS plan and HE is the best of planners.

C. A. Clark

August 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Anyone been to New York? There are strip clubs closer to ground zero than the proposed community center (which is “not” a mosque). Moreover, there is an existing mosque closer to ground zero than the proposed center.

There is also a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor. Doesn’t anyone understand the significance and relevance?

Disappointed

August 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

I am absolutely disappointed with many of the comments posted. I was born in the US to Iranian parents and was raised Muslim. I have always been proud to call myself an American. As a population made up of diverse cultures, races, and ethnicities, I thought we as Americans would be supportive of each other. Islam is a religion of peace. Unfortunantely, the small percentage of radicals has marred Islam’s image. I would hope, however, that my fellow Americans would not choose this moment to forget that our great country was built on the principle of religious freedom. Many of the colonists came to the New World to escape religoius persecution. Yet here we are centuries later doing the very thing we vowed to fight. Let’s put our weapons down and support each other. Let us show the world that we are not the imperialist, ignorant pigs they call us, but a country that fights for what is right, no matter the cost. Let us not forget the men and women who have died for us protecting our freedoms. Let us not forget that those soldiers who died came from a variety of backgrounds, but all fought for a common cause. Let us stand and show the world our tolerance and respect for one another. If we can’t do that, than what are we really. I for one will continue to respect my fellow Americans.

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