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?

720 comments Add your comment

Kamchak

August 17th, 2010
8:56 am

But McCarthy, for better or worse, was right more often than wrong.

There’s your sign.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
8:57 am

whatever you’re calling yourself today, well actually at this minute
@ 8:53

You mean the one (Tim Horrigan) who resigned, because he felt our outrage?

WAR

August 17th, 2010
8:59 am

starring kf
islam IS a religion? it is older than christianity–or at least what we call christianity. if you read the quran, it has many of the same principles as the bible and other religiously based books. it has been taken over by extremists who want to destroy America, themselves, the planet pluto! timothy mcveigh was “christian” and used that as a reason to attack oklahoma city. extremists exist extremely.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
8:59 am

granny godzilla – “our” outrage? You mean you posted your outrage at the comment? Or did you wait until the Obama Administration issued you your talking points?

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 17th, 2010
8:59 am

Imam Obama was using lil Sasha as a prop. Sure they went for a swim, father/daughter and that would have been the end. But no…Ayetollah Obama allows the pix to be posted in papers…kinda like “Hey America come look at me, love me, worship me, bow down to me…Im your Imam, your King, your Ayetollah”.

Thats what Imam Obama is about…styling and profiling…All Flash and not substance.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:00 am

How far down will the GOP go. We’ve seen their rhetoric over the Healthcare bill turn into acts of violence at Democrats’ headquarters. We’ve seen Sarah Palin put out a map targeting these offices with crosshairs. Sharron Angle’s talk about “2nd amendment remedies” and how it’s good to have revolutions. And now they’re targeting Muslim Americans. Will it take people being hurt or killed before they stop pushing hatred and fear for votes?

And they call themselves “leaders”. Instead of tearing this nation apart, they need to become leaders and help in uniting the country.

Shawny

August 17th, 2010
9:00 am

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Harry Reid. Senate Majority Leader Reid.
Same stance. But the GOP are all bad. Not the democrats.

Hypocrites.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:01 am

Enter your comments here

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:01 am

T-Town, The outrage is completely manufactured, stirred up by rightwing activists. Some 9/11 families object, but some support the Cordoba Initiative.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Ah, the mantra of the right: “Freedom of (Our) religion.”

The GOP sure loves that politics of fear thing.

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am

To Whiner’s man crush

While the history of Christianity has some unfavorable periods, there is no modern day shared traits between Christianity and Islam. The issue with Muslims is their irrational core remains.

I believe in religious freedom, but would pull the welcome mat to Muslims. Allowing the Mosque under any pretense is the height of naïveté.

Reggie

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Fully confident in myself but if you re-read not a tough post. Don’t favor the “football” type posts on a news blog- kind of silly. This is a serious issue that is being politicized versus thought out- bet anyone a diet coke that a substantial amount of the funding will be laundered.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am

cynthia is sexy
i thought he was taking pictures to demonstrate that the gulf was safe so that Americans can come back to the gulf states. wow. with your insight, you’re saying that not only is not the president, but an islamic radical extremist president who allows his daughter to wear a bathing suit. you don’t know much about islam do you?

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Shawny

Long time dude…How are you and the family?

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
9:03 am

Peadawg, again, how is a group of Americans excercising their first amendment rights “a slap in the face”? you folks need to man up. your collective self-esteem is pathetic. the psychological profile of the right is disturbing. you project your fears and emotional baggage to ALL Americans. you “assign motive to behavior” (claimin the mosque is a “victory monument” or an attempt by Muslims to “rub salt in the wound”). where is “the wound”? we were attacked on 9/11 and we retaliated (Afghanistan and Iraq), remember? now some Americans are hiding under the bed with chattering teeth because Newt Gingerich and Saral Palin want to be President? here’s a rhetorical question, which is rooted in the neo-Carlinist notion that all religion dressed up political ideology and all politics is relgious dogma. when I used to do philosophical battle with the born again Christians who told me I was going to hell because I liked Led Zeppelin, I used to ask; if there is a god and a devil (good and evil, as it were), and you recognize your god as a supreme being; all powerful and all knowing, why even acknowledge to devil? why give the devil (Islam) the power that comes with fear? either you have “faith” in the righteousness and perfection of your god, or you don’t. you can’t have it both ways. “fear” is the same emotion used to entrap people into dependence on god. case closed.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:03 am

WAR

August 17th, 2010
8:59 am

Not much of a history buff are you? Islam is older than Christianity? Hmmm, Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead around 33 AD. Mohammed, Muhammed, or however you want to spell it, is the founder of Islam and was born in the 500s.

Thank you for playing, we have some lovely parting gifts for you.

Reggie

August 17th, 2010
9:03 am

CT- not manufactured on the money trail- you and others are manufacturing a political attack to obscure the real issue.

Bob

August 17th, 2010
9:03 am

Why do the felchers make this out to be right vs left ? Repubs do not have anyone in higher office than Harry Reid and he says the mosque should not be built. Is Reid a bigot or just intolerant or does he see the writing on the wall.

joe

August 17th, 2010
9:04 am

libs like CT just don’t get it…we Americans are sick and tired of left wing loonies steam rolling over everything that is America. We do not have to adjust our ways for the sake of anyone…including illegal aliens and Muslims. If they want to live here, they have to come her legally and adjust their ways to fit in with our ways of living. If Muslims (and libs for that matter) cannot see that putting a mosque next to Ground Zero is offensive, then they are not thinking or acting like an American. Simple as that. If they don’t like how we do business here, we give them the freedom to move where ever they like…same with the left wing looney libs. Got news for all of you…there are a lot more of us Americans than you quazi socialist elitist libs, so the sooner you realize this will not change the better your lives will be. It’s like bashing your head against the wall…does you no good.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:04 am

Newt Gingrich is now fundraising off of his opposition to the Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan (the so-called Ground Zero Mosque), telling conservatives in an e-mail appeal to “Please SELECT HERE to STOP the Ground Zero mosque! Your decisive DONATION to Real Action will help us to RALLY and ACTIVATE all Americans, to TAKE REAL ACTION!”

The fundraising appeal, which is signed by Gingrich and which you can read below, was blasted out to the e-mail list of WorldNetDaily Thursday to raise money for Renewing American Leadership Action. Gingrich is honorary chairman of the group and his spokesman Rick Tyler is its director. Founded last year to help Gingrich reach out to evangelicals, it is “dedicated to defending and advancing American civilization by restoring our Judeo-Christian heritage.”

In his new fundraising appeal, Gingrich repeats his cry for the United States to follow Saudi Arabia’s lead when it comes to religious freedom:

Even though there are more than 100 mosques in the New York City area, there are no churches and synagogues in the entire country of Saudi Arabia.

The time to end this religious double standard is now.

The appeal continues:

Please give the most significant gift that you possibly can to help us to not only inform all Americans but to specifically MOTIVATE patriots to ACTION to halt the building of this mosque. As one who holds your freedoms dearly, I know I can count on you.

The time to take a stand is now.”

Guess next Newt will be calling for repeal of the 1st amendment.

Durkadurkastan

August 17th, 2010
9:05 am

Let them build a mosque and let someone bomb it

Tommy Maddox

August 17th, 2010
9:05 am

Maybe the Right has learned from the Left:

NEVER LET A GOOD “CRISIS” GO TO WASTE.

Besides, it’s people across the board that are riled up about this mosque business – not just the right.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:05 am

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Ah, the mantra of the fringe left: “Freedom FROM religion.”

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:06 am

CT calls it “anti-Muslim” to oppose a mosque near Ground Zero, apparently arguing that you can’t judge all Muslims by the actions of a few.

Well, OK … but if Ms. Tucker feels so strongly about stereotyping large groups of people, how come she said this to Chris Matthews on “Hardball” about a year ago in regard to the anti-ObamaCare town hall protesters?

“CYNTHIA TUCKER: Oh, I’m just guessing. This is just off the cuff. I think 45 to 65% of the people who appear at these groups are people who will never be comfortable with the idea of a black president.”

Ah, I get it — it’s wrong for the rest of us to judge the intentions of Muslims who want to build a mosque near Ground Zero, but CT considers herself qualified to sit in front of her computer and judge the racial attitudes of thousands of protesters she’s never met.

Classic.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:06 am

“I believe in religious freedom, but would pull the welcome mat to Muslims. Allowing the Mosque under any pretense is the height of naïveté.”

Doesn’t make any sense…either you believe in religious freedom or you don’t. Read the 1st amendment…I don’t see a “but” in there.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:07 am

Durkadurkastan

August 17th, 2010
9:05 am

Hmm, not bad. Try this one. Start building it, declare it to be an Iranian nuclear reactor, and let the Israeli Air Force take care of it.

stranger in a strange land

August 17th, 2010
9:07 am

note to self – do not read log on to read CT blog till breakfast has been fully digested

See through a mirror dimly

August 17th, 2010
9:07 am

CT—

Much of the support for Cordoba is manufactured by democrats. This, after all is a midterm election year isn’t it.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:08 am

johhny reb
all religions (and i do mean all) have unfavorable history moments. christianity has an irrational core. for example, some people think it is okay to kill doctors who kill babies. both religions–and others as well–have extreme people. i agree the mosque is not the greatest idea in the world to have close to sacred ground, but if we hold true to the principles of our constitution and the legality of said writ, then why would we stop them?

Peadawg

August 17th, 2010
9:08 am

“Peadawg, again, how is a group of Americans excercising their first amendment rights “a slap in the face”?”

Just like hanging a Confederate Flag at the NAACP would be a slap in the face to them.

burlington coat factory

August 17th, 2010
9:08 am

maybe we should’ve thought this through and sold it to someone else….

Shawny

August 17th, 2010
9:09 am

I’m doing good granny godzilla. Its been awhile. I can’t help but noticed that things have changed a lot on this blog. For example, now you are an anti-Chrisian bigot. Why so?

if the muslims

August 17th, 2010
9:09 am

were REALLY hoping to improve their image, they’d steer clear of this area. there seems to be some type of underlying motivation here, and it doesn’t seem altruistic or unifying

Granny Godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:09 am

Please ignore anything I post since I am a complete moron.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:10 am

How is this like hanging a confederate flag at the NAACP?

The mosque is NOT at ground zero, no matter how much the right screams it is. It is close, not at.

And it’s not even primarily a mosque, it’s more of a community center. Which of course, probably makes it extra terrifying for the paranoia crowd.

AndyW

August 17th, 2010
9:10 am

To steal from Tony Snow: Thank you Cynthia for presenting the official Hamas point of view.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:11 am

ct
some muslims believe that islam began with the creation of the world… thus older than christianity. i expect those parting gifts to come with a nice red bow.

uhoh

August 17th, 2010
9:11 am

Let em’ build it. Imagine someday a fire will start maybe on one of the top floors. A call will go out to NYFD/NYPD.

“What? Where?” “Sorry, we’re busy, don’t call back.” Click.

Peadawg

August 17th, 2010
9:11 am

Or, instead of my 9:08 post, let’s go build a Confederate History museum next door to the NAACP headquarters.

Helen Thomas

August 17th, 2010
9:12 am

Dear CT
“The outrage is completely manufactured, stirred up by rightwing activists. Some 9/11 families object, but some support the Cordoba Initiative.”

Manufactured? I think the majority object. As usually, you are way off base.

Hamas

August 17th, 2010
9:12 am

Cynthia,

When are coming back to the fold?

Rickster

August 17th, 2010
9:12 am

Cynthia… would you be so tolerant if someone wanted to build a KKK museum near the Pettis Bridge – or near the Lorraine hotel in Memphis? What about a Nazi heritage center near a concentration camp or the Holocaust Memorial in Washington, DC?

They have every right to, but the perception would cause all kinds of problems.

No one on the “right” has argued that Muslims do not have the right to practice their religion. The complaint is that the location is just totally inappropriate. Pieces of one of the airplanes hit the building for goodness sake.

Even your precious, anointed St. Barack the Magnificient says he questions the “wisdom” of trying to build a mosque that close to one of the worst tragedies in American history.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:13 am

ignore the name-jacker at 9:09. I am the real Moron

AndyW

August 17th, 2010
9:13 am

@John K – a piece of the landing gear from one of the WTC planes hit the same building where this mosque will be built. How is that NOT ground zero.

Rightwing Troll

August 17th, 2010
9:13 am

“They have also now clear Tom Delay”

Ummm, idiot,
“The Hammer” has been cleared of ONE of the pile of charges, there’s still plenty of charges left for that “fine American” Tom the Hammer Delay…

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:14 am

So if it’s wrong to oppose a mosque at Ground Zero — because after all, the Constitution allows it — would CT consider it equally wrong to oppose a KKK museum near the site of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama … site of the 1963 church bombing that killed four young black girls?

After all, the Constitution allows that, too. And that incident also happened a long time ago. And as we all know, you can’t judge an entire group by the actions of a few members.

CRS

August 17th, 2010
9:15 am

A huge portion of one of the jets’ engine fell though the roof of this site…so I think it is part of the memorial.

T Knight

August 17th, 2010
9:16 am

“There is no good reason why a mosque at ground zero should concern the vast majority of americans, especially 9 years after Sept. 11″.

Cynthia…. are you smoking crack! The thought that you would make such an insensitive asinine comment is just unbelieveable. Technically, yes they have the right to build there, but the peaceful, loving religion of Islam should be considerate of the fact that area is a grave yard, one that they made.

Most muslims are not radicalized and would probably not think building a mosque at this site is appropriate.

Bratty1

August 17th, 2010
9:16 am

hey CT, did you notice Dingy harry Reid come out against the mosque? as well as Ed Koch..I know you are semi literate at the very least, so your leftist stupidity is probably a sham show (although why anyone would want to portray a retarded clown a.k.a leftist is beyond me) but even you can’t mistake Harry Reid as a republican leader. and Mark Mckinnon voted for obama..he is not a conservative, just a go along to get along douchebag…

T-Town

August 17th, 2010
9:17 am

Ms. Tucker; I would hope your right and all this hoopla dies down. Did you read my 8:54 post? The rally was canceled, but the riot was not. While I don’t condone or condemn either the right or the left, the area where the riot took place was over 90% Democrats, intolerant Democrats.