Shortly after Rand Paul won the Kentucky Senate primary in May, he found it necessary to revisit the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In particular, he questioned whether the part of the law dealing with racial discrimination by private businesses that are deemed “public accommodations” might be a violation of private property rights. This is clearly a legitimate question to entertain in a law school constitutional law class. During a political race, not so much.
Last week President Obama found it necessary to weigh in on the mosque near Ground Zero controversy. Professor Obama schooled us all on the First Amendment as seen by the Founding Fathers. And according to Obama, the mosque would have been a “go” for James Madison and the boys. He might be correct as a constitutional matter. But as a political matter, not so much.
Just like Paul appeared to be giving intellectual cover to racially motivated actions, Obama appeared to be giving intellectual cover to those who want to build an ostentatious structure honoring Allah within a stones throw of the site where nearly 3,000 Americans were incinerated by followers of Allah, in the name of Allah.
Earth to the President. I have a constitutional right to put my toilet in the living room instead of the bathroom and use it while entertaining guests. Guess what? I don’t.
Every rational person knows that the decision to construct a mega-mosque near Ground Zero is a political statement. The President is America’s politician-in-chief. His failure to understand the impact of his words on the people of New York (and all of America) is yet another example of Obama’s academic, above-the-fray view of the world. His Party is going to pay dearly in November.