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Leftist Elitism: Nancy Pelosi’s Proposed Investigation of Ground Zero Mosque Opponents

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Posted on August 19 2010 2:00 pm
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Just when you thought that Democrats could not find another way to pit themselves even more against mainstream Americans, along comes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Just days after President Obama spoke out in favor of Cordoba House at the White House Ramadan dinner, Pelosi called for an investigation of where the opponents of the proposed mega mosque complex, slated to soar to exalted heights two blocks from Ground Zero, were obtaining their funds.

Echoing the right-wing conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton made famous during her husband’s administration, Pelosi said:

There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how this opposition to the mosque is being funded.

Note that Pelosi said nothing in this statement about investigating where the sponsors of the mosque are obtaining their funding, even though they have not ruled out tapping the Islamic fanatics in Iran and Saudi Arabia for help. And note the eerie silence of the New York Times, that bastion of First Amendment rights at least when it comes to its own press freedoms  and the freedom of religion of the mega mosque complex’s sponsors. The Times had nothing to say about this blatant attempt by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to chill the First Amendment rights of Cordoba House’s opponents.

As we saw with Obama, after being caught like a deer in the headlights, Pelosi later backtracked somewhat. She said that maybe it would be a good idea after all to inquire into the sponsors’ funding. In her typical exercise of moral equivalency, Pelosi said that we need transparency in the funding both of the mosque and of its opponents. In her world, the protesting families (and their supporters) of those slaughtered on 9/11 at the hands of Islamist extremists are on the same moral plane as the imam leader of the Cordoba House who said that the United States was an accessory to the crime of 9/11 because of its foreign policies and who refuses to rule out Iran and Saudi Arabia as funding sources.

Progressive elites like Pelosi abhor grassroots movements of those ungrateful ordinary Americans who refuse to shut up and take the medicine doled out by their intellectual superiors. Pelosi is just continuing her line from last year when she disparagingly referred to the Tea Party as an “astroturf” movement. Now she refers to the mosque as simply a local “zoning issue in New York City,” sidestepping its proximity to what even Obama called “hallowed ground.”

At least Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for whatever reason, said that the mosque complex should be built elsewhere. I suspect that is because Reid is running for re-election in a tough campaign. Pelosi does not have to worry about that. Her San Francisco seat is safe. But she has provided yet another compelling reason to fire her as Speaker in November.

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