It has been said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” Are we not overly preoccupied with this controversy, now being used in various ways by grandstanding politicians? It looks to me like the politicians are “fiddling while the economy burns.”
The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque.
Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from “ground zero.”
Just think of what might (not) have happened if the whole issue had been ignored and the national debate stuck with war, peace, and prosperity. There certainly would have been a lot less emotionalism on both sides. The fact that so much attention has been given the mosque debate, raises the question of just why and driven by whom?
In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.
They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers from in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.
It only gets worst from there.
Frankly, I think Ron Paul is a distraction, but we need his vote. Just to be clear all of the "sunshine patriots" I've have talked to do not dispute the fact that the mosque can be built two blocks from ground zero, the question is SHOULD it be built. This Patriot is going to exercise her first amendment right and say, NO! Just because you have a right does not necessarily mean you should do it. Case in point, I have a right to smoke cigarettes, but should I.
The bottom line is that Ron Paul has not been paying attention to Glenn Beck, maybe he needs to kick back at 5pm EST (cigarette optional) and tune in...