Primitive Politics 8/19/2010
The various News Feeds carry hundreds of stories daily concerned with the construction of this Mosque near the site of the 9/11 attack. There are two basic sides to the argument. Dozens of political figures have added their voices to one side or another. Everyone has an opinion. It has the potential for a second tragedy at ground zero.
The Press and the Politicians fan the fires of hatred for their own selfish reasons. The winner will be nobody; nobody will win anything. In the end, our Constitutional ideals will be diminished and the memory of the dead will be tarnished. The Mosque will stand as a monument to the pain caused by the attack and the benefit to its members will be minimized.
Our emotions blind us. We have engaged in a fight that can have no clear winner. The best thing that could happen would be for the builders to move the project to another location. The worst thing that could happen would be for our government to force a change in location.
We are like a pack of dogs chasing our tails while the important issues of the day are pushed aside by the frenzy. People in America are hungry and homeless. Jobs are scarce. Our debts are high. The economy wobbles and the environment suffers. We have become a dysfunctional society in a land of plenty.
We need to make some serious changes before our foundation crumbles. Although our situation is precarious, it is not hopeless. We still have the potential to realize the American Dream. We just need to open our eyes and reach for it… together.
We all know the drill, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall. One Nation Under God, With Liberty and Justice For All".
My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.