Pelosi wants an investigation into mosque foes
It was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east – some politician at a national level was going to call for an investigation into one side or the other of the Ground Zero Mosque debacle.
Unsurprisingly, it was Nancy Pelosi and equally unsurprising, she wants the opposition investigated:
"There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded," she said. "How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City."
That’s right, Ms. Pelosi – it’s a local problem and the sum of your answer should have been, “that’s a local problem for the citizens of New York to sort out”. Period. End of statement.
But she couldn’t leave it there. Oh, no – she has to “join” others calling for an investigation “into how this opposition to the mosque is being funded.”
Really? Have they broken any laws? Have they done anything other than voice their displeasure about the proposed project? Aren’t they attempting, by mostly social pressure, to change the minds of those who want to build the mosque near what they consider hallowed ground? If this were a union protesting, would you be eager to look into their funding?
Who and how they are funded isn’t any of your business, Madam Speaker. And throwing that sort of rhetoric around is simply an act of attempted political intimidation. While I may disagree with some who protest, I back their right to do so to the hilt. It is as much “political speech” as most of the pap the Speaker of the House spews forth on a daily basis.
Why these national politicians feel the need to weigh in on this (on both sides) only reflects the apparent common assumption among all politicians that everything is a freakin’ national political issue. There are very real, important and weighty issues that deserve the time and the debate much more than this stupidity.
And, just as I agree that those who want to build the mosque have every right to do so where they choose if they own the property, I also agree that those who find it inappropriate and an “in your face” move by members of the Islamic faith have every right, within the law, to protest that decision and attempt to persuade the builders to abandon the project.
As long as the protesters fulfill their legal obligations as they protest, Madam Speaker, the issue is none of your or any other national politician’s business. And threatening them with “investigations” only goes to point out how casually thugish our national government has become.
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