image Does this really surprise anyone?  President Obama supporting a mosque that 68% of Americans are against is just following the same pattern of tone deafness we’ve seen in his administration.

Americans wanted secure borders, supported Arizona’s illegal immigration law, the Obama administration sues an action with which the American people disagree.

President Obama pushed through an unpopular health care reform bill with a mandated insurance provision.  Several states are suing the federal government over it, Missouri overwhelmingly rejected it, and the Administration says, “so what?

Then the overwhelming majority of Americans say we’re on the wrong track.  They are concerned about the spending and government expansion, and yet we have more spending underway.

So instead of pointing out that while what they are doing may be legal, but wrong.  He endorsed it.  If you have been following him this should have been expected.  Want to know where President Obama is going to land on an issue?   See what the majority of Americans believe and then find him on the opposing side.

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  1. Well, given that my father and his family lost their home, most possessions and businesses, and were interned in camps during WWII for the crime of being of Japanese descent (though US citizens) by people scared of the ‘yellow menace’, I’m remain a bit underwhelmed by the fear-driven, Constitution-shredding rhetoric against this Islamic mosque and community center. Good for Obama for clearly taking a stand against the fickle populism of demagogues. And good for President Bush, who after the 9-11 attacks similarly reminded Americans not to discriminate or retaliate against Muslim Americans. Both asked us not to succumb to our irrational fears and stand for what our country represents. You ask for leadership and sometimes that means doing something right but unpopular. Shane, your being a conservative, I can’t understand why you’d think Obama, Bush or any public official should follow those promoting bigotry and religious discrimination.

    1. Argon,

      Linking this to internment is not the same thing. I’m not saying they don’t have the legal right to do this. I’m questioning the wisdom of it.

      It’s not bigotry, it’s based on the location, it’s trying to be sensitive to victims’ families.

      I could say that you don’t give a rip about 9/11 victims, but that wouldn’t be a fair comment to make. How about not demonizing those who are no the other side?

  2. With all due respect, even though I am one of the 68% opposed to this being build here, in the past, how often have we conservatives criticised Presidents for ONLY doing stuff after looking at the polls? At least he can’t be accused of that! 🙂

  3. Obama is not “supporting” the mosque, he is upholding the Constitution, the job he was elected and sworn to do.

    NYrs have already met, listened to the arguments, and made their own decision to issue a building permit. We should respect their political process, their land laws and above all, rights regarding private property in this country, which, when I last looked, was prized above all within the Right-Wing pantheon of political liberty.

    Cordoba in Spain is associated with a history of religious tolerance under the Islamic sultans – one, might I add, especially protective of Jews at a time when the Catholic Church was persecuting them. A number of Rabbis have spoken out in favor of the project, which is intended to promote intra-religious understanding, something this country could use more of.

    One must walk fearlessly into the storm of hatred to bring peace. Christ understood, lived and died this.

    1. On Friday he endorsed the building of the mosque, so I have to disagree with you.

      I’m not going to argue with you on their constitutional right to build. I have the constitutional right to do a number of things that are not positive or right.

      I’ll have to check out Cordoba more because I’ve read background which claims the opposite. I think you forgot that Muslims were in Spain because they invaded Spain.

  4. I should note that my sophomore year roommate from college is a Muslim. I also had a classmate who died in the Twin Towers on 9-11 (He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald). While our class mourned the loss I certainly don’t hold my former roommate responsible (why would anyone?), nor do I in any way feel insulted or shocked by the building of a mosque/community center a couple blocks away from where the WTC was. Meanwhile the groups that want to encourage division and religious polarization beat the drums louder. In the long run (and perhaps not even for the short election cycle), pandering to those elements will not help the GOP gather wider support.

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