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9/11 is back — just in time for 11/2/10!

Mosque near ground zero becoming political football

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“Intellectually the president may be right” on the freedom-of-religion issue regarding the establishment of a Muslim complex near the former site of the World Trade Center (which would replace the building on Park Place in Manhattan shown above), one Repugnican Tea Party strategist concedes, but adds: “But this is an emotional issue … and it’s going to be a big, big issue for Democrats across this country” for the upcoming mid-term elections. Because emotion always should trump the rights guaranteed to all by the U.S. Constitution.

President Barack Obama actually seems to have resisted, for once, the urge to sell out those of us of the “professional left.” On Friday he stated, correctly, that to block the opening of the planned Muslim center near the former World Trade Center would be a violation of the freedom of religion, guaranteed to all by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

This is the freedom that the “Christo”fascists want for themselves, like free speech — but, also like it is with free speech, they want freedom of religion only for themselves.

As I have noted before, I believe that Islam, Judaism and Christianity — at least as they are practiced by the bloodthirsty zealots who claim to follow these patriarchal, backasswards religions — all are bullshit religions, but if we’re going to let the members of one bullshit, psychopathic religion establish a place of worship, fairness (as well as the freedom of religion) dictates that we allow all of them to do so.

But Repugnican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, that bastion of equal human and civil rights, has declared that the establishment of the Muslim center near the former WTC site is not an issue of freedom of religion. Reuters reports:

“This is not about freedom of religion because we all respect the right of anyone to worship according to the dictates of their conscience … but I do think it’s unwise to build a mosque at the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as the result of a terrorist attack,” Texas Republican John Cornyn said on the “Fox News Sunday” program.*

Cornyn’s “logic” apparently is that “freedom of religion” is “the right of anyone to worship according to the dictates of their conscience” — but that the majority religion (in this case, what passes for Christianity) may dictate to a minority religion (in this case, Islam) where it may and may not establish centers of worship.

It seems to me that the establishment of places of worship is central to freedom of religion, but Cornyn tries to weasel out of this somehow.

Cornyn, because he cannot win on the matter of the Muslims’ constitutional right to establish a place of worship, then appeals to the tyranny of the majority, to the mob mentality: “To me it demonstrates that Washington, the White House, the administration, the president himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America,” Cornyn said.

So Cornyn’s “argument” becomes that if the majority of Americans — the majority of whom call themselves “Christians” — don’t want Muslims to establish a place of worship at a certain site, then the Muslims should not be allowed to do so.**

The Muslims’ constitutional rights, therefore, in effect, are to be put up for a vote.

Just like my equal human and civil rights — my constitutional rights — were put up for a vote when the Mormon-cult-backed anti-same-sex-marriage Proposition H8 narrowly passed here in California in November 2008 (with 52 percent of the vote).

A federal judge earlier this month ruled that Prop H8 violates the rights guaranteed to California’s citizens by the U.S. Constitution — and he ruled that same-sex marriages must be allowed again in the state of California as of 5 p.m. this Wednesday.

The right wing’s insane response to this is to claim that the haters who voted for Prop H8 are the victims.

The Sacramento Bee actually published a guest editorial on the matter that actually began:

The true victims of prejudice in the decision of federal Judge Vaughn Walker to overturn Proposition 8 are the 7 million Californians who voted for the measure.

So I suppose that the slave owners were the true victims when the slaves were freed. Or, if that’s too far out there for you, we at least can argue that the “rights” of those who believed that mixed-race marriage is wrong were absolutely trampled upon by the tyrannical U.S. Supreme Court when the court ruled in 1967 that no state may outlaw mixed-race marriage.

The “argument” of the right wing here very apparently is that to be a hateful bigot who wishes to curtail the equal human and civil rights of others itself is an inviolable constitutional right.

Uh, I don’t see that right enumerated anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.

As insane as the members of the right wing want to be, calling themselves the victims when they are not allowed to victimize others, those of us Americans who are sane and who truly believe in freedom and liberty and in the U.S. Constitution cannot let stand this new wave of right-wing attacks against the constitutional rights of our fellows — be they brown-skinned immigrants (or brown-skinned citizens mistaken for immigrants), Muslims, or non-heterosexuals. Or even, for fuck’s sake, babies.

The checkered-at-best history of the United States of America demonstrates that during economic downturns, the majority of (or at least a huge chunk of) frustrated (mostly white) Americans, instead of going after the plutocrats and the corporatocrats who are the actual cause of their financial pain and suffering, go after relatively weak minority groups that have little to nothing to do with the nation’s economic downturn — but who, for the most part, can’t fight back.

This dysfunctional, insane dynamic will continue until enough of us real Americans stand up and stop it.

It’s time to stand up.

First they come for the non-heterosexuals who wish to marry, then for the brown-skinned immigrants who want to make a better life for themselves, then for the Muslims who want to establish a place of worship.

Then, they come for you.

*I also believe that it is unwise for the Muslim center to be established, but for a very different reason than do Cornyn, Sarah Palin-Quayle and their ilk. As I noted last month:

I agree with Palin-Quayle that the Muslim complex should not be opened, but for entirely different reasons.

Palin-Quayle wants to milk the whole 9/11 thing and appeal to her Muslim-hating, “Christo”fascist base, but I think that the Muslim complex is a bad idea because the safety of everyone who ever enters the building would be in jeopardy at all times.

I mean, think about it: a Muslim complex opens just two blocks away from where the WTC once stood, and all of the Cooters and Skeeters and Zekes of the backasswards parts of the nation are going to get ideas in their tea-baggin’ heads about gettin’ revenge on them Mooslems for 9/11. If the Muslim complex opens, I envision shootings and/or bombings and/or other violent attacks upon it.

However, as bad of an idea as I believe the Muslim center is (for safety reasons), I never would posit that the center should not be allowed to open merely because its existence would — gasp! — offend the tyrannical majority.

You believe in freedom or you don’t. I believe in freedom. The wingnuts do not — or rather, they want freedom only for themselves.

**Indeed, apparently a majority of Americans, blinded by their identification with their brand of “Christianity” and their ignorance of constitutional rights, oppose the establishment of the Muslim center. Notes Reuters:

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll showed a majority of Americans across the political spectrum opposed the project being built near the site of the attacks.

The survey, released on Wednesday, showed nearly 70 percent of Americans opposed it, including 54 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents.

Of course, we don’t know how many of those Democrats oppose the establishment of the Muslim center also for safety reasons, but it’s a pretty sure bet that the majority of the Repugnicans and the “independents” (I use the quotation marks because the majority of the “independents” and “swing voters” always lean to the right) are just Muslim-haters.

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Repugnican lynch mobsters show us what they’re made of: treasonous shit

It’s interesting to watch the Repugnicans and other assorted wingnuts when things don’t go their way.

Remember the Repugnican cries of “Sore Loserman!” when BushCheneyCorp blatantly stole the presidential election of 2000, the election that Democrat Al Gore had won?

It’s funny, because even though Gore won the 2000 popular vote by more than a half-million votes and thus was the clear choice of the majority of the American voters, and even though George W. Bush “won” the pivotal state of Florida — even though his brother was governor at the time, and even though Florida’s top elections official, Repugnican Katherine Harris, had sat on the state’s committee to elect Bush (no conflict of interest there!), and even though the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of five right-wingers to four left-wingers, voted to stop the Florida recount and to crown Bush Jr. as “president” — the Repugnicans insisted that nonetheless Bush was the rightful, legitimate president.

Now, in President Barack Obama we have a president who actually was elected legitimately, but the same Repugnicans who cried “Sore Loserman!” won’t accept it.  

First there were the April 15 “tea parties” — which supposedly were about taxes but actually were about the fact that Omigod! Omigod! Omigod! There’s a black! guy in the White! House! — and now there are the Repugnican/wingnut disruptions of elected officials’ town halls.

I wasn’t going to write about the disruptions of the town halls until I saw this news tidbit from The Associated Press today:

Washington, D.C. – As they head home to their congressional districts for the August recess, lawmakers who support health care reform are bracing for protests and demonstrations that threaten to turn violent.

In North Carolina, a congressman who backs overhauling health care had his life threatened by a caller upset that he was not holding a public forum on the proposal.

Democratic Rep. Brad Miller received the call Monday, one of hundreds the congressman’s office has fielded demanding town-hall meetings on the health care proposal, said his spokeswoman, LuAnn Canipe. She said the callers were “trying to instigate town halls so they can show up and disrupt.”

“We had one of those kind of calls that escalated to what we considered a threat” on the congressman’s life, Canipe said [yesterday]. “These are some strong-arm tactics, and we are trying to deal with and trying to talk to people in good faith about health care reform.”

Earlier this week, White House officials counseled Democratic senators on coping with disruptions at public events this summer.

In the week since the House began its break, several town-hall meetings have already been disrupted by noisy demonstrators.

The latest occurrence was at back-to-back town hall meetings held by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., which got so raucous police had to escort people out.

Dingell vowed [yesterday] to push ahead with Democratic-led efforts to extend coverage to all, saying he won’t be intimidated by protesters.

“I am eager to talk about the bill with anyone who wants to discuss it. That doesn’t open the door to everyone who wants to demagogue the discussion,” Dingell said in a statement.

The boos, jeers and shouts of “Shame on you!” at the events in a gym in Romulus, Mich., mirror what other Democrats are encountering around the country. Activists have shown up at town-hall meetings held recently by Arlen Specter, D-Pa. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was greeted by about 200 protesters at an event in Denver, about half supporting Democrats and half opposed.

In Saratoga Springs, N.Y., about 20 protesters showed up at an event held by Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy to let him know they oppose the health care plans in Washington. They carried signs saying: “Obamacare Seniors beware! Rationing is here,” and “If socialized medicine is best … why didn’t Ted Kennedy go to Canada?”

The episodes have drawn widespread media attention, and Republicans have seized on them as well as polls showing a decline in support for President Barack Obama and his agenda as evidence that public support is lacking for his signature legislation.

Pushing back, Democrats have accused Republicans of sanctioning mob tactics, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused protesters earlier this week of trying to sabotage the democratic process.

Miller never had plans to hold a town-hall meeting during the August recess, Canipe said. Instead, he was sitting down with smaller groups of people to discuss the plan. During one of those smaller gatherings [yesterday], hundreds of people from a group called Triangle Conservatives peacefully protested at Miller’s Raleigh office.

The threatening caller, when told by a staffer that Miller was not planning a meeting, claimed the congressman didn’t want to meet with people face to face because he knew it would cost him his life, according to Canipe. The staffer then asked if the caller was making a threat. The caller, said Canipe, replied that there are a lot of angry people out there.

The U.S. Capitol Police confirmed [yesterday] they were looking into a threat against a congressman, but wouldn’t provide further details.

So not only are the wingnuts disrupting public forums, but they are making death threats against those elected officials who refuse to hold public forums that the wingnuts only will disrupt?

This is the same fake-mob mentality that we saw in the fight for the 2000 presidential election results, in which Repugnican operatives in Florida pretended to be ordinary American citizens so angry about an “injustice” that they were rising up against it:

fake citizen rally

This angry mob, which successfully stopped the recount in Miami-Dade County during the 2000 [presidential] election standoff, was portrayed by the media as an uprising by Florida voters.

Here are the identities of the protesters:

1. Tom Pyle, policy analyst, office of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
2. Garry Malphrus, majority chief counsel and staff director, House judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice
3. Rory Cooper, political division staff member at the National Republican Congressional Committee
4. Kevin Smith, former House Republican conference analyst and more recently of Voter.com.
5. Steven Brophy, former aide to Sen. Fred D. Thompson (R-Tennessee), now working at the consulting firm KPMG
6. Matt Schlapp, former chief of staff for Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas), now on the Bush campaign staff in Austin
7. Roger Morse, aide to Rep. Van Hilleary (R-Tennessee)
8. Duane Gibson, aide to Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) of the House Resources Committee
9. Chuck Royal, legislative assistant to Rep. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)
10. Layna McConkey, former legislative assistant to former Rep. Jim Ross Lightfoot (R-Iowa) now at Steelman Health Strategies

(From about.com)

The Repugnicans can’t get a legitimate mob of concerned citizens together because the Repugnicans represent the super-rich and there just aren’t enough of the super-rich to form legitimate citizen mobs.

As the recent 68-31 vote in the U.S. Senate for the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrates, the winguts are no more than about a third of the U.S. population, but they still want to run the show — by force, if they have to.

Fuck the faux mobs. We need to treat them like they are: mobsters. Criminals. Traitors — because they think that they, the minority, can run roughshod over the rest of us, the majority.

They think that if they just throw enough tantrums, we’ll give in.

We gave in to their tantrums in late 2000 and George W. Bush became “president” even though he’d fucking lost the election to Al Gore.

Look what giving in to the vocal minority’s tantrums in late 2000 cost the nation.

Never again.

These sore losermen need to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up — or we need to make them sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up, because their actions now are not democratic, but are treasonous.

The vocal minority fucking lost the presidential election of 2008 — by a margin too great for them to be able to steal yet another presidential election — and, to paraphrase my great senator, Barbara Boxer, these traitors need to learn that elections have consequences. And we, the majority of the American people, need to teach them that.

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