In her most recent column, conservative writer Kathleen Parker claims that the Ground Zero Mosque must be built, precisely because we are a free and tolerant people.
"Ultimately, when sensitivity becomes a cudgel against lawful expressions of speech or religious belief -- or disbelief -- we all lose. "
On that point she is correct. I would hope that she would express that same idea in defense of free political expression in this country, and that she would be vocally critical of those that would limit speech. This is especially important regarding political speech. The tendency to seek to limit opinions is a problem rampant amidst the left leaning p.c. among us. Nancy Pelosi's recent call to investigate critics of the Ground Zero Victory Super-Mosque is a perfect example. The woman is a menace to a free society.
That being said, in this case the Muslim proponents for a Ground Zero Victory Super-Mosque (The GZVSM) are far from nonchalantly and inadvertently choosing to build at the sight of a horrendous massacre of US citizens. The project was selected specifically because the site is tied to jihad. After years of being blown to bits in caves, losing fire-fights to the US Marines and suffering death in the dead of night from guided munitions delivered atop roadside mischief makers, it was important to show that they did do something 'right' in the past ten years.
What is galling is the breathless energy by which the lefty pols rushed in to fast track and support the event, as though that would establish their credibility of being higher minded. They yearn to distinguish themselves from common folk, those of us who took it amiss to see commercial airliners crashed into New York skyscrapers, and who hurt inside for the loss of our fellow citizens.
It is the same kind of empty symbolism that marks most everything they do. Why did so many vote for Barack in the first place? Was it not to show they were ready and willing to vote for a person of color? What did those rank and file Dems and the masses of independents know of his intentions and philosophies? Precious little. No, many voted just because they thought it would show what a mature and open people they have become. Imagine Abraham Lincoln behaving in such a frivolous fashion. Not on your life. He was a serious person who dealt with serious events in a serious way.
The same cannot be said for our current political leadership.