I have a new slogan for the Repugnican Tea Party: “The Repugnican Tea Party: We Hate Everyone YOU Hate!”
Seriously, though, that’s what I imagine wingnuts saying about wingnutty political candidates: “I’m going to vote for him/her — he/she hates everyone I hate!”
Just when everyone was learning the definition of an “anchor baby,” the Repugnican Tea Party decided that the hatees de la semaine would be Muslims again. (I read in some news article that 9/11 is still “fresh” to some. If something that happened nearly nine fucking years ago is still “fresh” to you, unless an immediate family member or very close loved one of yours died in the 9/11 attacks, you really need to get a fucking life.)
Lots of articles are now pouring in about the facts of the proposed mosque near the former site of the World Trade Center.
Such as this one stating, correctly, that it’s actually incorrect to call the proposed new building a “mosque.” It’s much more accurate to call it a Muslim center that would include a mosque. But which is more dramatic? “Mosque” or “Muslim center”?
And there’s this news story about how Muslims have been praying inside of the Pentagon, not far from where the Pentagon was hit on 9/11, for years now.
This news story, titled “Fact check,” notes that the proposed Muslim center actually is more like six blocks (not two blocks) away from the nearest of the two towers that were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, that law enforcement officials have found no link between the individuals behind the proposed Muslim center and any suspected terrorist-related activity, that the old building that would be replaced with the Muslim center already is used by Muslims for prayer, and that an established mosque, the Manhattan Mosque, already is only five blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center.
And then there is this Politico article, which posits that the proposed Muslim center is unlikely ever to be established anyway, not only because of the bigoted political attacks against it, but because fundraising for the $100 million Muslim center has been sluggish, to put it mildly.
So, all in all, the proposed mosque Muslim center at Ground Zero that’s two six blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center is no big fucking deal. There already are plenty of Muslims in New York City — and even a pre-existing mosque in Manhattan. Who knew?
But when did the members of the Repugnican Tea Party ever pass up an opportunity to exploit 9/11 yet once again? And when did the facts ever stop them?
This is what the Repugnican Tea Party is reduced to: which minority group it’s hating this week.
Last week it was the “anchor babies.” This week, it’s the Muslims who want to build a mosque as a big ol’ “Fuck you!” to the victims of 9/11.
Who will it be next week?
Maybe the leaders of the Repugnican Tea Party can make it interesting and exciting and let their members vote, like they would vote for a contestant on “American Idol.”
P.S. I have to share this Tweet: “In fairness, we’ve been building ‘ground zeros’ near Iraqi mosques since March 2003.”
And this Associated Press news story notes:
Republican candidates around the country seized on President Barack Obama’s support for the right of Muslims to build a mosque [sic] near ground zero, assailing him as an elitist who is insensitive to the families of the Sept. 11 victims.
From statehouses to state fairs on Tuesday, Republican incumbents and challengers unleashed an almost unified line of criticism against the president days after he forcefully defended the construction of a $100 million Islamic center two [sic] blocks from the site of the 2001 terror attacks.
Recalling the emotion of that deadly day, Republicans said that while they respect religious freedom, the president’s position was cold and academic, lacking compassion and empathy for the victims’ families.
“He is thinking like a lawyer and not like an American, making declarations without America’s best interest in mind,” said Andrew Harris, a Republican running for Congress in Maryland against first-term Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil.
So respecting the U.S. Constitution, and demanding that it — and not the demands of the lynch mob — be followed, is “elitist,” is “cold and academic,” is “thinking like a lawyer and not like an American.” (Because true Americans sure the fuck don’t think!)
Yes, when it comes to the U.S. Constitution and the rights it guarantees, clearly we should go by our gut. We should let passion, not intelligence, reign! (No wonder these right-wing fucktards loved George W. “Go By Your Gut” Bush so fucking much.)
Finally, the same AP news story notes:
In Ohio, where the president was headed [today] as part of a three-state political swing, Republican congressional candidate Jim Renacci took issue with Obama’s position and challenged his opponent, first-term Democrat John Boccieri, to do likewise.
“Just because we may have the right to do something, doesn’t necessarily make it right to do it,” Renacci said.
I like Jon Stewart’s comeback to that Repugnican Tea Party “argument”: “You can build a Catholic church next to a playground — but should you?”