You may have heard about the raging controversy regarding the proposed construction of a mosque merely 600 feet from where the Twin Towers once stood. The dispute has now risen to the Presidential level as Mr. Obama weighed in on it last week, then did not, and then did. His most uncompromising point is that this mosque has every right to be built.
Last month, a young lady was walking her dog down our street, a cul-de-sac that many people in the neighborhood use for exercise. For some unknown reason, she decided to use this moment to painstakingly investigate the flowers in my neighbor’s yard. My three dogs, which only saw a rival canine occupying their territory, reacted in the usual fashion – barking up a storm creating a racket that could be heard down the block. When I nicely asked the woman to move on because of the disruption, she got snotty, protesting that she had a right to be on this public street. I replied that yes, she had the right, but if she did not leave I was going to move her and her dog to another street on which she had the same equal right.
This incident is a small example of something we see too often nowadays: people gratuitously and thoughtlessly asserting “rights” that they think exist. Some people think that this behavior is an outgrowth of the mentality of the 1960. Regardless of its origin, I think many of us can agree that far too often, people claiming these perceived “rights” fail to ask the simplest of questions: Is this the proper and considerate thing to do?
Using this reasonable and practical standard, few Americans would conclude that the mosque should be built in its proposed location. In fact, Americans have figured it out – by a 2-to-1 margin, they think that the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque; but by a 3-to-1 margin, they think it’s the wrong thing to do. The American people are not confused; it is the societal elites like Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg who are clueless on the issue.
Having now read approximately one hundred articles on the Cordoba House – a name that is no longer being used because it was just too in-your-face (as if the entire idea is not) – I believe that I have some clarity on this matter. To put it bluntly, there are flat-out just a lot of useful idiots in this country.