Monday, August 16, 2010

The Controversial Muslim Mosque And President Obama’s Sudden Enthrallment With our “Founding Principles”

You may or may not have heard about the Muslim Mosque they’re trying to build two blocks away from where the World Trade Center towers used to stand… before Muslim extremists flew two hijacked, passenger-filled jetliners right into them on September 11, 2001.

With that history – and more recent evens, such as this year’s attempted Times Square bombing – still relatively fresh in America’s history, there are understandably some people who aren’t very happy with the proposal. Of them, I believe that House Minority Leader John Boehner presented one of the clearest arguments so far, counteracting many liberal counterpoints in the process:

“The fact that someone has the right to do something doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do. That is the essence of tolerance, peace and understanding.”

President Obama, however, doesn’t seem to have any understanding about peace and understanding. Either that or he just doesn’t care, because he used this past weekend to voice his own opinion in favor of the mosque.

And to justify that opinion, he cited the right to religious freedom and "the writ of our Founders."

But that’s rather ironic considering that Obama hasn’t seemed to care about any of our other founding principles or writings up until now.

President Obama’s First Blatant Disregard for our Founding Principles

After all, this is the same man who literally campaigned in Europe during the 2008 elections, despite the Founding Fathers’ deepest and obvious wishes to stay far away from that continent’s influence.

Need proof?

How about the fact that in 1793, President George Washington issued the Neutrality Proclamation, which banned the United States from taking part in foreign affairs such as the ongoing conflict between France and Britain at the time.

Or how about the Monroe Doctrine, issued by President James Monroe in 1823, which argued that the U.S.’s government was so different from the standard European form, that America should steer clear of their political machinations. Incidentally, he also urged Europe to butt out of our business as well.

In fact, the Founding Fathers regarded European politics with such wariness that Woodrow Wilson was the first active president to visit the continent in 1919.

A Second Example of the Same

President Obama also overstepped his constitutionally mandated boundaries and this country’s founding principles by trampling all over States rights in both the case of the Arizona immigration law and the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Founding Fathers had a few things to say about that issue too…

“I expressly say that Congress is not a representative body but a diplomatic body, a collection of ambassadors from thirteen sovereign States.”
- John Adams

“I am for preserving of the States the powers not yielded by them to the Union its constitutional share in the division of powers; and I am not for transferring all the powers of the States to the General Government, and all those of that government to the executive branch.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“The states can never lose their powers till the whole people of America are robbed of their liberties. These must go together; they must support each other, or meet one common fate.”
- Alexander Hamilton

Incidentally, two of the three founding fathers quoted above (Adams and Hamilton) were actually part of the “big government” party of their day, yet they still saw states’ rights as unquestionably important.

A Final Point on the Subject

I shouldn’t even have to mention our Founding Father’s view on debt and federal spending, or contrast that with our president day president’s carefree attitude towards money, which much closer resembles a rich frat boy on a drinking binge than a responsible president.

Yet, just in case some people really don’t know, let me quickly point out that President James Madison and President James Monrow vetoed legislation that would have used federal money towards even infrastructure such as roads because they saw that as overstepping the federal government’s bounds.

So it isn’t a stretch to imagine that they would be wholly against spending tax payer money on bailing out banks and giving financial favors to political cronies in the form of $787 billion stimulus packages like Obama has.

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