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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Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:33 am

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

Exactly!

But when a certain un-named person(s) flaunt their children for political gain, how can they not expect some whacko jouralist or politician to take shots?

Anyone, who would use their children for political gain, other than the traditional “family album” PR shoot, stands in the realm of “Adnormal”, too. Wouldn’t you agree?

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
9:33 am

John – when a religion is manifested in forms that threaten our being, it can no longer receive the protection of the 1st Amendment. You can’t equally shelter and destroy your enemy. And yes, I am stating Islam is the enemy.

War – I can see some comparitive points between Islamic terrorists and anti-abortion Christians, but certainly the degree to which the terrorists have acted causes that comparison to pale to insignificance.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:33 am

C Tucker, the race baiter “Would the muslims be okay with the Jews building a Synagogue right next to their “community center”?

The pro-Israeli lobby JStreet collected over 10,000 signatures in support of the center that were delivered to the Landmarks Preservation Commission ahead of its vote on the Cordoba House. In response to their efforts Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said, “I express my heartfelt appreciation for the gestures of goodwill and support from our Jewish friends and colleagues. Your support is a reflection of the great history of mutual cooperation and understanding that Jewish and Muslim civilizations have shared in the past, and remains a testament to the enduring success of our continuing dialogue and dedication to upholding religious freedom, tolerance and cooperation among us all as Americans.”

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:34 am

You Asked, Then you are one of the remaining Republicans who respects American values. BTW, you’ll note that this morning’s post was specifically about the GOP leadership.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:34 am

Normal wrote:

Upon Further Review

I’m sorry, but that is the most inane post I have read here. Legal is THE LAW, period. What you perceive as “right”, has nothing to do with it, most especially when the majority of this country doesn’t agree with you. We are a nation built on rights and laws,period.
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*** Getting past the schoolyard name-calling, let’s examine your premise:

1. What do you mean, the majority of the country doesn’t agree with me? The last poll I saw said that about two-thirds of all Americans oppose a mosque near Ground Zero.

2. If what I perceive as “right” has nothing to do with it, then you apparently believe that no American has a right to oppose ANYTHING that is legal. OK, but by that standard, you have no right to object to a KKK museum constructed near the site of the Martin Luther King assassination, complete with a goofy caricature of Dr. King.

After all, the KKK museum is legal, too. Are you saying you wouldn’t object to it either?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:34 am

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:30 am

If something is legal it is right? California rejected gay marriage in the last election, so that means banning gay marriage is right. Is that the connection you’re making?

Okay, so since we have immigration laws they must be right, and if they are right, why doe the feds fail to enforce them?

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

Normal, The Bill of Rights stands regardless of what the “majority” thinks. That’s the point of the Bill of Rights.

candi

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

The ironic thing is, this is NOT holy ground. It is TWO BLOCKS from the site of Ground Zero in a former Burlington Coat Factory. The Republicans have sunk to a new low. Sadly, many Americans seem to agree with them. What has happened to our country that hate and intolerance have been pushed to the forefront of our political discourse? We are looking more and more like the Taliban every day. Al Quaeda must be thrilled at our vile actions.

ken R

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

I have seen many instances on TV, movies, and in the paper where most religions were made fun of sometimes even hateful stuff and yet those religions have been very tolerant, however almost all of these same groups are terrified to make fun of the Koran or Muslims because they don’t want a price on their head. Rushdie comes to mind.

markie mark

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

To my liberal friends….I notice that in the media, they typically repeat each others words…you hear a story about a specific conservative and that news anchor (pick your mass media outlet) says a phrase like “…the Republicans ill-advised move” and you can change the channel that night to any other station (NBC, CBS, ABC, GPT, etc) and they are all saying ” …the Republicans ill-advised move”…..they really DO act in concert….what frosts me, however, is for some radical who claims to be part of the conservative movement and all of a sudden ALL conservatives are treated like SFD does with sayings like “teatards”. There are many good, honorable people that can argue their point intellectually and passionately. We may, and probably wont, agree. But at least be adult enough to argue THE POINT. And not deflect with stupid childish names…..people do that when they dismiss the point before its made….how the hell can I learn from you or you from me if we cant argue in an adult manner?

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

Which form of Islam is your enemy Johnny Reb? (Go take a while to look it up- we will await your informed answer…)

Ricardus

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

The Socialist-Democrats always look for excuses to play the “Constitution card” as well as the race card hoping for an advantage.
Truth is most SDs know nothing about the US Constitution and don’t believe in it…it isn’t even part of their culture.

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

Libetarian, I disagree with Harry Reid, but he’s not leading the demagoguery. He didn’t compare the Cordoba Initiative to Nazis

killerj

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

I didn,t know Reed was republican,this is great! you go girl!

Rob

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

Would it be okay for me to build a bar that caters to Gay Muslim males right across the street from the Islamic temple?

jt

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

ken R

I’m with you, but………………………….
who REALLY has the moral high ground. Democrats who promise big government, and deliver. Or Republicans who promise smaller government, but lie.

They both are evil. No matter how good an individual may be, he or she would still be judged wrong if he or she was a member of the Klan. That is the way I see it.

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

race baiter, you know that Muslims died in the World Trade Center, right?

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

@CTucker- “Then you are one of the remaining Republicans who respects American values. BTW, you’ll note that this morning’s post was specifically about the GOP leadership.”

There are a lot of us remaining republicans that share my sentiments including perhaps the most influencial Republican leader that has a direct say so in this case. Michael Bloomberg.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

All of you who fear the Islam Boogie Man, had better start funding NASA,
because they are everywhere, they are EVERYWHERE, OMG, EVERYWHERE! BOO!!!

Time for y’all to go to the moon…jus’ sayin’

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:37 am

John K wrote:

“*** The issue is not what is LEGAL, but what is RIGHT.”

What is legal is right. It should not fall down to the whims of paranoid alarmists who have been whipped up into a frenzy by Palin/Gingrich, etc.

I understand the right wants to put this disclaimer on our rights:

*invalid if we don’t like it.
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*** OK then, I’ll put you down as supporting a KKK museum on the site of the Martin Luther King assassination … complete with goofy caricature of Dr. King.

Because that is legal, too — and according to you, “what is legal is right.”

Granny Crapzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:37 am

I am building a mosque in my back yard and atop will have placed the confederate flag, a cross, the black panther closed fist, a buddha with a big belly and a crescent moon.

Jose

August 17th, 2010
9:37 am

calvinb

August 17th, 2010
9:32 am
Well, Well, Well. You guys guys need to be ashamed of yourselves. If you are the ones who opposed a Church/Mosque that is not really a mosques but an Islamic Center. But to discrimiinate against a religion that you are not personnaly apart of is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong and it goes against one of the basic Tenents.

Americans don’t do that to people who may not be Jewish, or Christian, or Hindu, or whatever RELIGION you happen to be. All Religions worships freely in this country without fear of being singled out. PERIOD.

This is typical liberal spin. There is not one about religous freedom. This about a building being built to close to ground where 3,000+ people died because of islamic terrorists. They could move this proposed mosque somewhere else today but, want it right in that spot as a reminder. You think the extremists would not laugh their butts off once this is completed? Quit spinning libs and start understanding the feelings of the families of those killed by the islamic extremists. I thought you were the part of feeling and caring.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:37 am

“If something is legal it is right? California rejected gay marriage in the last election, so that means banning gay marriage is right. Is that the connection you’re making?”

Ah, so this is when you say you don’t understand Constitutional issues?

Granny Crapzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:37 am

“Would it be okay for me to build a bar that caters to Gay Muslim males right across the street from the Islamic temple?”

Im building one of those in my backyard also.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:38 am

You Asked wrote:

There are a lot of us remaining republicans that share my sentiments including perhaps the most influencial Republican leader that has a direct say so in this case. Michael Bloomberg.
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*** Bloomberg isn’t a Republican — he became an independent three years ago.

jt

August 17th, 2010
9:39 am

It is also tragic to note, this “sacred” ground that the Federal government took over is still (nine years later) just a hole.

Government at work.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:39 am

“Because that is legal, too — and according to you”

Yes, I may not like it, but it would be legal. This is a real difficult concept for you to grasp, isn’t it?

You do understand that part of having rights granted to our citizens, is that they may say/do/believe things we don’t like? But they have a right to do them?

This is 5th grade social studies, shocked so many of you can’t grasp that.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:40 am

“Can you please tell me why the mosque can be built near Ground Zero, but the Confederate flag can’t be flown without a major issue?”

Contractor, I’ve seen the Confederate flag in truck windows and flow on private property many times without a major issue. Noticed, I said on private property. The Confederate flag issue was about it flying at state capitals…which is public property. The building of this Mosque is on PRIVATE property…not public property. I would oppose a Mosque, Church or any other house of worship on public property based on the 1st amendment.

Rob

August 17th, 2010
9:40 am

CT -

You really need to read Ann Coulter’s book Treason to learn about McCarthy. He was a good man who has been demonized by the liberal media to no end.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:40 am

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:38 am

boo yah, harumph, and attaboy!!!

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:40 am

John, Thank you for helping contractor to understand the difference between public and private property

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:40 am

Point taken Ms Tucker, but I did say we were a Nation built on rights and law. Those rights are, of course, the Bill of Rights.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
9:41 am

Upon Further Review, good point (not). There is not “instant replay” in Constitution. I have not attempted to deny or challenged the rights of Americans to opine about the mosque. I have merely noted my opinion of the weak, cowardly, shameless arguments proferred by some. which brings me back to Peadawg, …Further Review, and other purveyors of ominous, speculative, “what if” arguments. Ever been to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead? There are exhibits which include BOTH the Civil War and the Civil Rights movemen. Ever been to a concentration camp in Germany? they are de facto Holocaust museums, which are preserved and maintained as monuments to those who died there, and not those who operated the camps. YOU PEOPLE ARE COWARDS. you allow politicians (ideology) to fill your heads with images of boogeymen and slaps in the face, and you allow yourself to be told what you find “offensive” and “insulting” and then you defer responsibility for your own self (important word) defense to others (politicians, gods). you clowns need to stop yammering; “Remember the Maine” (look it up and check out the term “yellow journalism” – I think I am about to copyright the term “yellow politics”).

Brian

August 17th, 2010
9:42 am

Seriously? Head meet sand. So I guess you’re right. Islam is no threat whatsoever to the USA, and if it is a threat at all, the answer to that threat is to simply “extend an open hand” even to the most fundamentalist regimes. Of course, it is true that the vast majority of muslims, certainly those that live in the West are peace loving and tolerant. However, I mean, there are no middle eastern governments set on the basis of sharia law that regularly dehumanize women, petty criminals, and homosexuals, right? They don’t have any sort of desire to spread that sort of government to other areas, do they? Any sort of militant groups supported by these theocracies? But hey, at least they are committed to living in peace with their neighbors…ugh. Funny, too, I didn’t realize that Harry Reid had become a GOP leader…that is interesting. Here, though, is the definition of irony, if the United States government were run in the same manner as these islamic theocracies that you all love so much, you would be the very first ones arrested!

MiltonMan

August 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Granny & Ms. Tucker tonight at 11 on 11Alive sporting the latest Burqa fashions while they turn over their drivers license. Watch it or be an infindel.

Funny to see these two supporting a “religion” that treats women like second-class citizens. I recall Ms. Tucker bashing Christianity a couple of years ago because of the Bible mentioning slavery & that masters should be respectful of them but no mention on how the Islamic faith thumbs it nose at women.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:44 am

ken R

August 17th, 2010
9:35 am

That is a good point and perhaps my only gripe with Islam is that while other “religions” have evolved to more or less fit the day, Islam has remained awash in the seventh century. I would pray (if I prayed at all… :) )that one day they will see the light.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:44 am

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:36 am

Yes. As I said earlier, I’m well aware that the muzzzzlums who hijacked the planes died that day.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:44 am

“Bloomberg isn’t a Republican — he became an independent three years ago.”

egg/face

John

August 17th, 2010
9:45 am

“John – when a religion is manifested in forms that threaten our being, it can no longer receive the protection of the 1st Amendment. You can’t equally shelter and destroy your enemy. And yes, I am stating Islam is the enemy.”

Get your facts straight…Islam is not the enemy. Even George Bush made the distinction between Islam and extreme terrorist while he was president just after 9/11.

“War – I can see some comparitive points between Islamic terrorists and anti-abortion Christians, but certainly the degree to which the terrorists have acted causes that comparison to pale to insignificance.”

JohnnyReb , so are you trying to say it’s ok to kill a few not not many? What number terrorized or killed is the threshold?

Jose

August 17th, 2010
9:45 am

neo says:Further Review, and other purveyors of ominous, speculative, “what if” arguments. Ever been to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead? There are exhibits which include BOTH the Civil War and the Civil Rights movemen. Ever been to a concentration camp in Germany? they are de facto Holocaust museums, which are preserved and maintained as monuments to those who died there, and not those who operated the camps. YOU PEOPLE ARE COWARDS.

WTF does this mean neo? So you are telling us that jews would support a building being built next to a concentration camp that would be a think tank for nazi’s? You would support a building next to the King Memorial that would be a memorial to all those KKK people righfully killed? I know you are such a deep thinker but, what the hell does that mean?

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:46 am

MiltonMan

August 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Wrong again…

They are supporting the right to build a community center. Thay have not said they support Islam.

AndyW

August 17th, 2010
9:47 am

@JohnK.

It’s also perfectly legal for me to travel to Colorado, stand across the street from Columbine High dressed in a black tenchcoat holding a sign that says “They all deserved to die” while doing a happy tapdance.

Does not make it right.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

“1. What do you mean, the majority of the country doesn’t agree with me? The last poll I saw said that about two-thirds of all Americans oppose a mosque near Ground Zero. ”

Did you also notice the polls where majority of Americans also believe they have a Constitutional right to build on this site.

Russ555

August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Don’t think the City of New York has the legal grounds to deny the permit to build if the projects meets the zoning and other building regulations.
That leaves public opinion, pressure and good sense to convince the people who want to build that they are doing more harm then good and that they should choose another location. Then it’s up to them to decide whether or not to go forward.
Just because you have a right to do something does not mean it’s a good idea, or in your best interest to do it.
On the other hand, sometimes you have to ignore the objections of the crowd and go forward with what you have a right to do.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:44 am

You are so funny you ought to be on a stage…there’s one leaving in ten minutes…do be on it, please.

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

August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

ctucker, are you STUCK on this issue? How we doing in IRAQ? How’s the JOBS markets? How’s the GULF of MEXICO?

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
9:48 am

You asked – I don’t have to do a lot of “looking up” to answer. It’s that religion and way of life that degrades women, stones people to death, and has at its core the elimination of all but their religion and way of life.

Normal – you are on the money about Muslims being everywhere. They will take over Europe in our lifetime, and Europe is not happy with that. It’s not too late to stop it in the USA, but the Progressives must wake up and move away from wanting to hug everyone to make it ok.

Tall

August 17th, 2010
9:50 am

A woman named Anna George had a letter to the editor of the WSJ published this morning. In it she states that her family had to flee Iraq in the1960’s to escape the persecution of Christians by Muslims. She makes a very good point and I quote: “Why should the victors(Muslims) be allowed to build a monument on the graves of the victims?” It is in your face by these people. Who is financing the construction of this complex? When Pope John Paull II asked an order of Carmelite nuns to vacate the vvicinty of Aushwitz because it was offensive to the victims, they did so. Isn’t that the same case here?

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:50 am

Did you also notice the polls where majority of Americans also believe they have a Constitutional right to build on this site.
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I’ll see those results and raise you an almost 70% level of support among residents of lower Manhattan that also support their right to build there.

Thankfully most Americans seem to understand the constitution and the rights it preserves.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:50 am

John wrote:

“1. What do you mean, the majority of the country doesn’t agree with me? The last poll I saw said that about two-thirds of all Americans oppose a mosque near Ground Zero. ”

Did you also notice the polls where majority of Americans also believe they have a Constitutional right to build on this site.
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*** Yeah … and so what?

The KKK has a right to put a museum on the Martin Luther King assassination site, too.

Doesn’t mean Americans would have to shut up and accept that, either. Last time I checked, the First Amendment covered both sides of this issue.