Daily Outrage: 17 August, 2010
In another example of the right wing mesmerized by themselves, a gale of words and a deluge of ink have raised a storm of controversy around construction of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan. Last Friday, after enduring weeks of the usual drivel from Republican blowhards, the President cited the Constitution in explaining that government neither has, nor was ever meant to have, the authority to act according to their bluster. Predictably, that clarity has invoked still more wind from the noise machine.
The eye of the hurricane is a building renovation in New York City. Despite the fact that conservatives despise the city as an axis of cosmopolitan liberalism, they regard the site of the collapsed World Trade Centers as “holy ground,” and the construction of a “mosque” in the neighborhood offends their sensibilities. Even though a real mosque, which was founded before construction of the towers, sits closer to the site, their rage is directed at the new construction. Facts can never get in the way of good, right wing bile.
The open-minded Dutch founded New Amsterdam, and today’s residents live up to tradition and reputation in supporting construction which the rest of the nation, and even the rest of the city, opposes. Still, it seems rather presumptuous of outsiders to scream, “not in this backyard,” when the backyard in question belongs to someone else. And therein lies a simple solution to the whole problem.
If the wing nuts are so concerned, let them pony up the dollars to purchase the real estate in question. I am sure that the current owners could be convinced to sell at the right price, and might even be happy to obviate the whole controversy for a tidy profit. In fact, there are other, similar structures available in the area; so maybe they should start a fund to buy all these properties. The city is certain to appreciate the tax revenue.
Of course, that is ridiculous. Conservatives carpers don’t really want to create solutions; they are much more interested in complaining about things, which are not actually any of their concern, and over which they have no real control. The rest of the country should shut up and let New Yorkers run their own city.
Note: The Author has lived in Arizona for 19 years, but is a New York City native with parents, 3 siblings, 4 nieces, and 4 nephews still residing in the New York metropolitan area.
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