Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid came out against the Constitution yesterday by taking a position against the building of a mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero. It's the latest disappointment from one of the worst Majority Leaders Democrats could have ever found.
Even if I didn't say it, many know that Harry Reid has been a near disaster as Majority Leader, and, with this latest debacle, is not fit to be the Democratic leader in the United States Senate any longer and should be immediately replaced.
While Nancy Pelosi has been a thorn in the side of Republicans over in the House as its Speaker by wielding a heavy gavel and moving much of the Democratic Agenda through that body, Harry Reid has driven the Senate into a place where good bills go to die or at least be changed into shadows of their former selves. Overcautious and milquetoast, Reid has lived up to his Rush Limbaugh nickname, Dingy Harry.
This position on the mosque is an absolute slap in the face to Muslims across the country who have looked to those defending the constitutional rights of the minority. The sad thing is, that while the President took a definable position, Reid tried to be nuanced. He even used a spokesman named Jim Manley.
"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else."
Really? If Senator Reid truly respected the First Amendment, he would condemn those that are speaking out against the building of the Islamic community center that includes a small mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center and call them out for being fearmongers, which is what they are.
Instead, feeling pressure from his Republican wingnut opponent, Sharron Angle, Reid gets goaded into taking this position, presumably to save his own political hide.
Perhaps we should remind Senator Reid of his oath that he took when he was first elected to the Senate and that he has taken several times since.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
Who's defending the First Amendment here, Mr. Majority Leader?
(In case you were wondering,
My feelings on this issue were expressed in this blog post.)