Friday, July 30, 2010

Ground Zero Gingrich (con't)

And while we're talking about Americans who hate other Americans based on religion, don't think for one minute I'm going to forget the lunatic controversey over the Cordoba Mosque.

That people who wrap themselves in the flag and then try to undercut America's founding principles (all to make money and gain press exposure) have the temerity to call other Americans two-faced and anti-American is far beyond disgusting.

Funny time is over.

HT: Cynthia Tucker.



DADvocate said...

I'm sure glad those tolerant, loving liberal Democrats don't do anything based on religious hatred. When a Congressman appeals to anti-Semitism, it's pretty serious.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

For some reason, that link isn't working for me, so I'm not sure where it goes or what it says.

But just because someone on some other side is also behaving abhorrently does not negate this point.

Several incorporated Tea Party groups, many right wing bloggers and radio hosts, and a group of national Republican leaders (including Palin and Gingrich) have made the Cordoba Center a vehicle for the worst sort of fear-mongering and demagougery. And they are doing so for naked political gain.

They deserve to be roundly denouced for this, and held to account for this disgusting behavior.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Went to your site and checked the story. I googled the guy through to Politico, I found out a few things that do make this relevant to the overall point I'm trying to make:

This is a freshman Democrat in a heavily Republican district who voted with the GOP on health care.

Disingenuously or not, he is attributing the anti-Semitic report to members of his staff, which he has already removed from his election campaign. For all we know about the story, it could be a straight up faux pas, or it could be something more sinister. You never know with the kids these days.

He has publicly attempted to distance himself from the anti-Semitic report.

Compare that with the Cordoba nonsense:

Newt Gingrich is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, a mainstay on cable news shows and a national Republican leader. Sarah Palin was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate on the last election ticket, and is now a national brand. These are the national faces and voices of the Republican Party. The radio, television, internet and Tea Party pundits and personalities are also mainstream fixtures in their respective areas.

All of the above individuals are attaching their very names and organizations to the cause of playing on xenophobic and religious fears.

Finally, all of the above individuals are not just owning their anti-Muslim, anti-religious plurality, anti-tolerance positions, they are actively repeating them in order to drive policy, generate political interest from their base, and make money through donations and advertising. Most of all, they are attempting to gain more and more attention to their issue.

All that being said, I can understand why folks on the right are using the anti-Semitic report from this obscure low level Democratic congressman in relation to the Cordoba situation: they want to say tu quoque here while this is absolutely not an acceptable comparison.

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