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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God is not Great

August 17th, 2010
10:39 am

I wish we could ban Muslims and Christians from planet Earth, Lennon was spot on with his “Imagine” lyrics…

Ezra

August 17th, 2010
10:40 am

Someone may have said they dont have the right to build a religious structure near ground zero. However, nealy everyone knows they have the right in accordance with the laws and constitution. So let them build it. Soon afterward the community will have thousands of muslims in the area. Sharia law will be demanded. Violence will appear. Honor killings will continue and increase. And the democrats will be out of power. All this burden will fall upon GOP leadeship to resolve with the constant obstruction by the left. The only person who suffers are the children of our forefathers.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
10:40 am

You Asked wrote:

Upon Further Review- One Jewish group in Manhattan collected 10,000 signatures in support of the Mosque. I’m sure there are more but that’s where you can start counting.
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*** Source?

And how do we know that there were 10,000 JEWISH signatures?
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You Asked wrote:

Heh.. They weren’t 10,000 Jewish signatures. They were signature collected by a Jewish group. I will refrain from making a crack about your reading comprehension.

Google JStreet 10000 mosque and you will find several sources for that number.
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*** My reading comprehension is just fine, thanks. But your memory needs some tweaking.

If you recall, I challenged CT on her assertion that “many Jews” supported the mosque near Ground Zero. I asked HOW MANY Jews, and what was the source of her claim.

Your response about a Jewish group collecting 10,000 signatures does NOT answer my question. I didn’t ask, “How many signatures in favor of the mosque have been collected by Jews?” … I asked, “How many Jews support a mosque near Ground Zero?”

See the difference? I’m still waiting for CT to define “many Jews” and give us a source for her assertion.

Gator Joe

August 17th, 2010
10:41 am

Cynthia,
Once again, the Right Wing, aided by its Right Wing propaganda arm, Fox news, has managed to turn a phony non-issue into the appearance of an issue. Today’s Right Wing will ignore, or worse, manipulate the Constitution for their short-term political aims. They also will repeat lies and falsehoods to further their political aims. The first Amendment is clearly on the side of the Muslims wishing to build their community center, and would be so even if the center were to be built accross the street from Ground Zero, which it clearly is not. For the record, the correct one, it is not a mosque, it is not at Ground Zero, and the Muslim citizens wishing to build a community center are withing their Constitutional and moral rights to do so.

PS
This phony issue is brought to us by the makers of “Death Panels” and the “Iraq War”.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:41 am

@DK – What would happen if a Rib Shack is built next door to the Mosque? I wonder if the Rib Shack would get their permit approved….
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It would get approved then go out of business within a month of opening because of the stupid decision to place it in a neighborhood with a large population of Jews and Muslims who don’t eat pork.

Someone already threatened to put a gay bar there. Equally stupid.

Billybob

August 17th, 2010
10:41 am

How about some responses Tucker…..you pen hate and then run and hide…..typical and it shows you are not a SERIOUS person. I try to give you the benfit of the doubt, but I’ve grown tired of your ’strong black woman’ racist attitude……I’ll leave you with this….’those that can, do, those that can’t, write about it’…..I wonder which side you fall on……hmmmmmm

Drifter

August 17th, 2010
10:42 am

No, the Democrats are not reducing the deficit now, but they still might. The Republicans won’t…or haven’t since WW II.

Crazy Cons

August 17th, 2010
10:42 am

Those Crazy Cons are at it again! (Can the home of a birther be called a “birther’s crib”?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
10:43 am

DK
August 17th, 2010
10:39 am

A rib shack to the left of the mosque, a synagogue to the right of the mosque, a stip club directly across the street, and a bomb making factory just behind it (they have to have at least ONE thing to make the community center appealing).

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
10:43 am

What’s important. were you describing George Carlin or George W. Bush. like Jose, you can come sit on my lap and I’ll tell you a story. but first, grab a dictionary and look up thw word irony. as an American, I have the right to worship and venerate whomever I choose, and I put more value in Carlin’s books than the Q’ran or the Bible. sticks and stones, amigo. you want to chime in on my arguments, have at it. which brings me back to Jose.

Jose, you don’t have to cut an paste my posts. I (and other readers) know what I wrote. as I noted on Friday, I am not a “typical liberal elitist”. I cannot seem to articulate the concept of “projection” to you, but I’m going to keep trying. I know I cannot control what goes on inside Jose’s brain, but your assessment of my ideological values borders on delusional. as I noted to What’s It Matter; if anything I am a “typical neo-Carlinist.” and, with respect to the true conservatives on the bog, I do not find you “typical” of anything ideological, unless being stuck in a permanent state of childhood is an “ideology”. I have no “finger on the pulse of the country”. I am a historian by trade so I merely document what history provides. truth be told, this nation’s pulse is very weak, and it has been “sick” for many years. as far as sophmoric references to my genitalia, see my “childhood ideology” reference above. OH, and if I don’t “have a male organ” how could I have it “in your hand”? I don’t have all the answers, but I investigate all “clues.” You (and others) are most certainly “speaking for the jewish community” when you profer your ignorant “Nazi monument next the the holocaust museum” straw man argument. So, speaking of “only common sense” where do you come off “owning” the words “common sense” and where do you get the authoritu to “dictate(s) that the majority of jews would not want my example.”? I am not as “smart as you think” and thankfully I am not “as smart as you”.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:43 am

Upon Further Review- Do your own homework. There are obviously some strong Jewish supporters of the mosques right to build. Asking “how many” is a cheap debating trick which does not answer the question “is there significant Jewish support?”

Again – Google or Bing it yourself. Bring some facts into the discussion not just your biases.

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

August 17th, 2010
10:43 am

getalife
August 17th, 2010
10:25 am

I’m not here.

You’d welch too.

Fool me once………
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Figured you would back down, once exsposed

Libertarian

August 17th, 2010
10:43 am

Food for thought: Affirmative Action is discrimination based on race (violation of 1st amendment) but it generally discriminates against white males…and most liberals are perfectly fine with affirmative action. Not allowing the mosque would discriminate against Muslims…so liberals are in an uproar. Seems a bit hypocritical.

kayaker 71

August 17th, 2010
10:44 am

Johnny Reb,

Best post of the day.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
10:47 am

Upon Further Review
August 17th, 2010
10:40 am

“I’m still waiting for CT to define “many Jews” and give us a source for her assertion.”

She will probably talk with her “many” white friends before getting back to you.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:48 am

Best post of the day.
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…but how exactly does it negate the constitutional rights of the Cordoba project developers again? I just can’t make that link for some reason?

Just call me a true constitution lovin’ conservative that equates the inspired law of the land with the right thing to do.

candi

August 17th, 2010
10:48 am

Jose, The Grand Old Party IS the Republican Party. Surely you’re not that ignorant.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 17th, 2010
10:48 am

Lennon wrote some great songs but other than that he was a two faced Judas.

Contractor

August 17th, 2010
10:49 am

neo-Carlinist,

You’re such a badass. Fear doesn’t govern you, so what does, the media?. Well lets take a look at what your president has whiffed at thus far. Everything he has pretty much said he was going to do, with the exception of his Healthcare reform which no one else wanted. Fold your hand and get a grip man.

kayaker 71

August 17th, 2010
10:49 am

To quote Achmed, the Dead Terrorist, “SILENCE, I KILL YOU!!!!!!

DK

August 17th, 2010
10:49 am

You Asked- Ummm….thanks for calling my idea stupid, but a quick google search showed over 6 BBQ restaurants around the WTC and several wing places…

So, I guess there is demand for BBQ!

And you missed the point completely….

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
10:51 am

We’re ok with driving Japanese cars, aren’t we.

true, but we peaceful Christians had better refudiate the practice of parking VWs within two blocks of any Jewish community center.

(Doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland?)

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
10:51 am

John K wrote:

“That’s because the same First Amendment that allows Muslims to try to open a mosque near Ground Zero also gives American citizens the right to speak out against it, protest it, and oppose it on any and all legal grounds at their disposal.”

And as much as you whine, no one has said you don’t have the right to protest/speak out.

That was an awful lot for you to write just so you could play the victim card.
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*** To use one of your expressions: “Ah, projection. The tool of the tool of the small-minded.”

Sheesh, John, who said I was writing about myself?

And what emotional word(s) do you see in my factual statement about the First Amendment that would suggest that I was whining?

Come on, John ol’ buddy. Sure I called you out for grossly mischaracterizing my argument … but is that any reason to go schoolyard on me?

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
10:52 am

Oops, pardon my computer. Make that:

*** To use one of your expressions: “Ah, projection. The tool of the small-minded.”

John

August 17th, 2010
10:52 am

“Someone may have said they dont have the right to build a religious structure near ground zero. However, nealy everyone knows they have the right in accordance with the laws and constitution. So let them build it. Soon afterward the community will have thousands of muslims in the area. Sharia law will be demanded. Violence will appear. Honor killings will continue and increase. And the democrats will be out of power. All this burden will fall upon GOP leadeship to resolve with the constant obstruction by the left. The only person who suffers are the children of our forefathers.”

Ezra, if you believe that then pressure the GOP to repeal the 1st amendment. If all the fear bs the GOP is feeding you, then don’t you think they would have called for the repeal of the 1st amendment already. Are there any other amendments we should repeal besides the 1st and 14th amendments you think should be repealed due to insane fears?

getalife

August 17th, 2010
10:52 am

I’m way out there,

No con.

I never back down but learned not to bet with cons because they welch.

candi

August 17th, 2010
10:52 am

I’m Here, Huh?????

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

August 17th, 2010
10:53 am

candi

2nd time! What made you a racists?

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
10:54 am

Not that anyone asked, but I am just as peeved at Harry Reid’s spinelessness as I am encouraged by the efforts of some on the right (Josh Barro at the National Review being a notable example) to speak responsibly on this matter.

And with that, I’ll let Mr. Barro do the rest of the talking, to make a point I was trying to make earlier:

As an aside, I think that some of the concern over this mosque, especially among people who do not live in New York City, is based on a misunderstanding of the geography of Lower Manhattan. This is an area that had significant high-rise development before New York imposed setback requirements and floor-area ratio maximums (limits on how many square feet of building you can put on a lot). As a result, the area is denser and more canyon-like than Midtown.

This means you can be two blocks away from something without any sense that you’re near it. City Hall is four blocks from Ground Zero, but you’d never stand there and think “I’m right near Ground Zero.” There is even a strip club three blocks south of Ground Zero, but nobody seems to have noticed that it is sullying the memory of the place.

In most cities, including Washington, 13 stories constitute a very tall building. But in the environment of Lower Manhattan, Cordoba House will be just another structure—which is not exactly consistent with the view that it is a Towering Monument to Jihad. In short, people are overestimating the extent to which this building will interact with, or be noticeable from, the World Trade Center site.

And this brings us to why I disagree not only with those who would use the power of government to stop the mosque, but also with the NR editors and others who urge private anti-mosque action. In general, my presumption is that it’s OK for people to build what they want on their property, with the burden on opponents to show why that’s such a bad thing. The proper question is not “Why here?” but “Why not here?”

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:55 am

The 2000 Census shows Jews (ethnicity) as a population group in Manhattan at 20%. Their population is concentrated in lower Manhattan. Only Catholics are larger at 37%.

A Rasmussin(sp?) poll from a few days ago showed that residents of lower Manhattan favored the mosque at a rate of 70%.

Without a census of Jews opinions on the Mosque (again do your own homework if you want to find statistics that no one has polled for) the population and poll numbers indicate there must be a significant population of Jews that support the mosque unless there is an unusually high support rate among Catholics and Protestants.

Additional evidence is a series of public statements like the one from Jstreet made by Jewish community and political groups in support of the mosque and even in opposition to the ADLs earlier statements.

In short – Cynthia is correct that there is widespread Jewish support.

I still think the bigotry is more than a Republican problem and don’t know why she would frame this as a purely partisan issue.

Normal

August 17th, 2010
10:56 am

Johnny Reb @ 10:39…So, what’s your point?

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:56 am

@Candi – “Surely you’re not that ignorant.”
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You don’t blog much do you?

Harry Callahan

August 17th, 2010
10:56 am

I’m still waiting on Cynthia to share her opinion of Muslim position on women’s right’s, human rights in general, etc. You know what’s really ironic here? These libs falling all over themselves to welcome a group of people who think anyone not like them (i.e. not Muslim) is not even human…

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
10:56 am

Contractor, there you go with the projection. I never said I was a “badass”. I said I will not be governed by fear. I am and American and Barrack Obama is the POTUS, but he is not “my president”. I didn’t vote for him. this issue is not about YOU, ME, the POTUS or 9/11 families. it is about the first amendment and the distinction between al qeada/terrorists and Islam.

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

August 17th, 2010
10:56 am

getalife
August 17th, 2010
10:52 am

I’m way out there,

No con.

I never back down but learned not to bet with cons because they welch.
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BS! Either you don’t believe your BS or you have no $$$$$$. A third party holding the funds insures we both pay. Try another excuse.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
10:57 am

Enter your comments here

TnGelding

August 17th, 2010
10:57 am

Because they’re bigots? This is a Christian country, you know.

Grand Old Purveyors of fear.

The proposed mosque is only NEAR ground zero. But why build anything when it’s so easy to tear down and destroy? Who or what group will be the next sacrificial lamb?

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
10:57 am

You Asked wrote:

Upon Further Review- Do your own homework. There are obviously some strong Jewish supporters of the mosques right to build. Asking “how many” is a cheap debating trick which does not answer the question “is there significant Jewish support?”

Again – Google or Bing it yourself. Bring some facts into the discussion not just your biases.
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*** Whoa … lighten up, bro!

Are you seriously arguing that it’s a “cheap debating trick” to ask CT what she means by a vague statement like “many Jews” support the mosque … and to ask her for the source of that assertion?

If so, then I guess you believe it would be a cheap debating trick to question my accuracy if I said that “many in the Obama administration believe Obama is a Marxist.”

Come off it — it’s not my homework to do. Anytime you make a vague claim, you should at least be able to back it up … especially when you’re a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
10:58 am

Thanks Kayaker 71. I think I will quit while ahead, at least ahead in my mind. Work Calls. Regards.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
10:58 am

DK – I didn’t miss your point. You suggest putting a BBQ place next to a mosque in order to offend the people who’s religion offends you. Cute.

The last time I checked doing the right thing and doing the legal thing was not based on tit-for-tat or infantile stunts.

John K

August 17th, 2010
10:59 am

“Come on, John ol’ buddy. Sure I called you out for grossly mischaracterizing my argument … but is that any reason to go schoolyard on me?”

You’re the one who had to make the point people had a right to protest. And I’m not really mis-characterizing your argument because there’s really not much of an argument to begin with. Just platitudes of “but it’s not right!”

getalife

August 17th, 2010
10:59 am

Oops,

way out there,

No welcher.

std,

Joe S and another gop guest agreed with the President.

Said the gop would take their card.

Joe said “screw em”.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Upon Further Review – see my 10:55am

I’m not a huge CT fan but in this case her assertion was correct. If you want to call someone out on their statements it is up to you to do your homework.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:04 am

C Tucker, the race baiter

“I’m still waiting for CT to define “many Jews” and give us a source for her assertion.”

She will probably talk with her “many” white friends before getting back to you.
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*** And now I have You Asked telling me that it’s a “cheap debating trick” to ask CT what she meant by “many Jews.”

Note to self: “Demanding specifics and documentation is a cheap debating trick.”

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

August 17th, 2010
11:05 am

getalife

You seem to take your excuses from Obama. Chicken shyt!

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:06 am

Obama knows he’s a welcher too?

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:07 am

Upon Further Review – Note to self: “Demanding specifics and documentation is a cheap debating trick.”
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Prove its not and address the statistics I provided on the Jewish Population in Manhattan vis a vis the broad support for the Mosque in Manhattan. Those same polls indicate that there is also broad support among Catholics and Protestants.

Asking for specifics and proof that is hard to find while refusing to provide your own evidence is a “cheap debating trick” used by talk show hosts (libs and cons) all the time.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:07 am

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:06 am

No, no, no. Obama is not welch. He’s a Kenyan.

Reggie

August 17th, 2010
11:08 am

A lot of politicizing with no thought on “following the money”- may be helpful for formulating an opinion

straitroad

August 17th, 2010
11:08 am

Cynt,

You must have a great collection of polaroids of Cox Communications management in compromising situations. Hold on to them and you’ll keep your job no matter how silly your rants get.