Okay, so all my blogging has to do with current events, but here are a few things that have been bugging me over the past few days.
The Cordoba Mosque - For the past several weeks, conservatives from around the country, including Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, have created an uproar over the fact that a Muslim group wants to build a community center (which will include a mosque) a couple of blocks from Ground Zero. Worst of all, the ADL and the Museum of Tolerance have joined in the spectacle.
I find the whole thing utterly distasteful, and quite frankly, Unamerican. A quick history lesson - 9 of the 13 colonies were founded as a result of religious prosecution in Europe (the rest were founded to make money, but that's for another day). And indeed, until the 20th Century, the most common reason for immigrants to come to the U.S. was religious persecution. As a result, the Framers of the Constitution invoked the Rhode Island rule about separating Church and State, because that was the best way to protect religious minorities. And yet, here we are, attacking religious minorities.
Yes, we were attacked on 9-11 by Muslim extremists, but look at what they attacked - the World Trade Center (a symbol of American economic dominance) and the Pentagon (the center of American military might). They didn't attack a church, or a synagogue, or whatnot. You know why? Because is a nation that separates Church and State. There is no church or synagogue that could be attacked in this country that would have the same kind of emotional punch as attacking either of these buildings.
What's more, we forget that Muslims were also victims of the 9-11 attacks. Indeed the reason why the Cordoba Mosque people want to build the mosque in Lower Manhattan is because there's a substantial Muslim community living there. Of course, to people like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, Muslims are not "Real Americans" and so they don't deserve any rights. And yet, they call Obama a fascist. Lovely.
Lastly, the ADL and the Museum of Tolerance really, really look bad here. First, the Museum of Tolerance is actually building on hallowed ground - its tearing up a Muslim cemetery (and moving bodies) to build a house in Israel. To then complain about the Cordoba Mosque is the height of hypocrisy. The ADL, although a Jewish organization, used to fight for everyone's civil rights. Not anymore.
Gibbs' Bitch Session
This just came out today, I guess, but its been brewing for a long time. For the past two years, the Liberal grassroots have been asking questions like - isn't the stimulus too small? why aren't you pushing for a public option? what's your plan for Afghanistan? when are you going to close Guantamo Bay? why are you leaving Health Care Reform in the hands of Max Baucus? - and every time, the Administration says, essentially, trust us. Here's the thing - we have been largely right, and the Administration has been wrong. So, we keep asking the same questions, and we're getting a bit antsy. In the meantime, the Obama Administration has been largely clueless and rudderless. Where is Obama's statement regarding the Cordoba Mosque? Where is the powerful argument for a new round of stimulus? Where is the communications discipline we saw during the campaign? Instead of bitching about the Left, Gibbs and the boys should figure out what they're doing wrong on the communications side and fix it. Because. That's. His. Fucking. Job.
Ugh. Its a total fucking mess over there. The Taliban are they're typical douche nozzle selves, but the Afghani people have determined that the only thing worse than the Taliban is Hamid Karzai, and we're kinda stuck. So, allow me to kindly make a suggestion - the CIA should create, or empower an insurgent group that aren't total Taliban douche bags, drug runners, or warlords. There has to be some one in Afghanistan that fits the bill. Surreptitiously provide money and arms to this non-douche bag insurgent group, have them "kick our ass" and "force us out" of various areas of Afghanistan, hold peace talks with the group, declare them to be non-douche bags, and get the fuck out of Afghanistan. Of course, this assumes that the CIA is capable of pulling this off without completely fucking it up.