A number of people have commented on the chilling effect of having the Speaker of the House call for investigations of ordinary citizens simply exercising their right of free speech. And I know we’re not really supposed to listen to what they say, but rather we should “feel” the way they feel…but has anyone else noted the incongruity of what Speaker Pelosi had to say?
“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 is this opposition to the mosque being funded. How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City.”
Well, which is it Speaker Pelosi? Is it a national political issue that needs investigations into who is funding the opposition? (Though it is curious that Nancy is not in the least curious about who might be funding the mosque!) Or is it a local zoning issue in New York? Have you ever heard a politician on the national stage call for an investigation regarding the opposition to a local zoning issue??
If it is only a local zoning issue, then why did the President of the United States feel the need to pontificate on it? If it is only a local zoning issue, why does the Speaker of the House want an investigation into its critics? And if it is only a local zoning issue, then why were two of the reporter’s three questions about it?
The “zoning” talking point is mere misdirection. The Democrats know that this is a losing issue for them, even more so after Obama put his foot in it and then flip flopped within 48 hours.
Much like the straw man where they argue in favor of the rights of private property and religious freedom, which no one is seriously arguing, they ignore the question of the propriety of such a move, particularly if the stated purpose for such a center is to foster “positive interaction between the Muslim world and the West”.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks!
Cross posted at Proof Positive