Sunday, October 18, 2009
story of my life
Rep. John Shadegg (R) of Arizona
Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia
Rep. Trent Franks (R) of Arizona
What do these four Representatives have in common, other than the unfortunate choice in parties? They have all come out earlier this past week accusing CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) of planting spies in the House and Senate as interns and pages. So um, who are they supposed to be reporting back to? Oh no, not al Qaida! Because obviously no political action group secure coveted internship positions for their youth so that god forbid these kids could grow up to become politicians themselves! Oh wait, I thought thats what democracy and activism were called.
These charges, not only picked up by the right wing media, eager to disseminate some much wanted vitriol, but have also resulted in CAIR receiving death threats. Now given the record of inflammatory and racist remarks that ALL four of these Republicans have indulged in in the past, I wouldn't normally pay to attention to their nonsense, unfortunately i've been roped into caring by friends/family who make it a point to show me every day how America hates Muslims- and of course I know there are people in this society who want to annihilate Islam, but I like to think/believe that they are a very LOUD minority- kind of like al-Qaida, or the Tea Party Activists.
But I digress, these charges are founded on a so called CAIR "memo" gathered by Chris Gaubatz, son of Dave Gaubatz- the co-author of the "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America." Very credible source. Obviously. No bias there. Remember Rep. Myrick, of North Carolina? She wrote the forward to this book. What happened to the days when Representatives would actually be DAMAGED by these kinds of associations?? I miss those days.
What the hell has happened to the Republican party? They used to actually have interesting arguments- not necessarily my viewpoint, but not CRAZY either! Now they seem to be the party of bigots spreading their hate of people who don't look/act like them or who don't hold the same "ideals" (yaaay for guns) as them. And all justifying it by claiming "Its in the constitution!", apparently these men/women have forgotten the whole point of the GD constitutioN! The pursuit of religious freedom! The chance for EVERYONE to pursue happiness!! But I guess, what can I expect from the party who voted FOR rape.
I'm sorry all of you Republicans out there, because I wasn't born white/christian/conservative- and apparently i'm not "American" enough for you.
CAIR's mission statement: CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.