Sunday, August 15, 2010
Ground Zero Mosque... The Partially Right Presidential Response
Rational Nation USA
I am not one prone to utterances of support for the individual currently holding the office of the President of the United States. I believe Barrack Hussein Obama, more often than not, does much to undermine the principals of our Constitution, and the strengths that made this nation great.
Having voiced this opinion on many occasions, I find myself in disagreement with some of the critical commentary over his speech on August 13, 2010. Following several focused sessions listening to his remarks I came away with a two fold take on the issue.
Before beginning my commentary I first give you his speech. The purpose which is to form judgement on his actual words, as well as that which is implied or left unsaid. Either intentionally or unintentionally.
The President scores 100% on the issue of freedom of religion as set forth in our founding document. Article 1 of the Bill of Rights reads in part as follows: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free excercise thereof:...
In so much as none of us were alive at the time of the signing we can only interpret the words of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as they were written. The President, despite all his failings, is correct in his support of the First Amendment as written. Article 1 of the Bill of Rights in fact guarantees the right of those wishing to build a mosque near Ground Zero too do so.
The second aspect of this issue, and perhaps the most important is this... What is the pulse of the American people? While the President is correct in his understanding the first amendment (and apparent support thereof) he is also the leader of this nation and should be in touch with it's sensitivities. Which are, in large part, against the construction of a Mosque and Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero.
This leads us to the question on many peoples mind, which is, what is the President's proper role in addressing this volatile political issue? While perhaps a nettlesome question for some (as it obviously is for Obama given his spokespersons retraction, or explanation of his original remarks) the answer really rests in objective reasoning devoid of emotional considerations.
Given the above considerations:
A) The President is correct in his interpretation of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights. He is correct in his strong support of its wording and intent.
B) He is at best insensitive too the majority opinion of the citizens he was elected to represent.
While clearly enunciating the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the organization responsible for the proposed building of the mosque near Ground Zero he feel short of his obligation to the American people. Which is recognizing the sensitivity they have toward the issue as well as the reasons why. A leader of any real consequence would recognize that supporting the Constitution, as well as the American people need not be mutually exclusive.
While supporting the Constitutional right of the builders to construct a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero the President could have (and should have done so) expressed the citizens concerns and strongly suggested an alternative sight be considered. In fact behind the scenes Obama could have engaged in discussion with those responsible for proposing the construction at the sight near Ground Zero.
If the Islamic group responsible for proposing the construction was truly interested in "bridging" the gap between America and it's view of Islam they would respond positively to such a Presidential urging. As it stands now the President gets an overall Fail... The group proposing this affront to America's feelings receives an equally as large Fail.
And I won't even get into Mayor Bloomberg's lack of sensitivity to his own fellow New Yorkers.
Cross posted to Left Coast Rebel.