How can anyone label all the people that are against the Mosque as racist or anti – Muslim when they express their feelings? Yet demand those people understand the feelings of the other side? I heard the comments and read the article by Michael Moore. For once, I must disagree with him on this issue. We have to respect the opinions and pain of those that oppose it. They are not all radicals. If we do not hear them and respect their feelings then our Democracy fails. How can we help them overcome their fears or misunderstandings if all we do is turn this into a war?
Respect is a two way street and a mutual endeavour. Building this Mosque at this location does not promote good will or understanding – it opens the wounds wider. Our “democracy” is based on rule of the “majority”. Have we forgotten that? This Mosque is not a political or religious issue. It is an issue of understanding, connection and compromise.
We also need the truth of the Quran spoken, not the Propaganda. We need to hear less from the Glenn Becks and Palins of this land and more from religious leaders that speak the actual words of this faith….
Is the Tea Party at war with moderate Republicans? Well if we were not sure before we sure know now.
The most recent battle is taking place very publically in Delaware where you have Christine O’Donnell duking it out with nine-term moderate Rep. Mike Castle. O’Donnell’s former campaign manager Kristin Murray, who ran O’Donnell’s 2008 Senate campaign against then-Sen. Joe Biden, has recorded a nasty robocall that charges her old boss “is no conservative.”
It goes on to make many other claims but the worst being that, “She wasn’t concerned about conservative causes. O’Donnell just wanted to make a buck.”
Unfortunately, this charge has a legitimate place at the table of almost all politicians in office or running for office today. This claim just further reinforces the need to change our criteria when voting. Party politics today is nothing more than winning and making money. They certainly do not seem to understand they are being “hired” by the people to do a job and that job pays a specific salary and has specific benefits. They seem to ignore this and look to how they can further fill their pockets while confusing the people with propaganda and downright lies.
Newt Gingrich has gone excessively far with his latest attack on President Obama. Intellectual or not Mr. Gingrich is a racist that has somehow escaped the deserved wrath of all thinking/feeling Americans. He is clever enough to hover at the edge and send out subtle messages to the fringe radical element of the party. He is why there are the irrational Birthers out there questioning the legitimacy of the Presidents birthplace? This attack though has him emerging from the closet with a real urge to decorate.
However, he is not the only one that is being dragged from the closet, because the lack of response from the Republican leadership including Sarah Palin, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and others speaks loud and clear as to their beliefs.
What does this mean to those race relations within the GOP? Are members of other races not welcome? Or is it they are welcome as long as they know their place?
Many former and current GOP members that cannot stomach what is going on in the party now are bringing this racist element into the light. The guilt has honourable people stepping forward to do the right thing. Including the ex-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Jim Greer, who is now apologizing to the President for his past transgressions via a speech given just over a year ago.
“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served,” Greer said in a statement Tuesday to CNN and other media outlets.
He goes on to state,
“Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President’s speech.”
These statements say it all.