Thursday, August 19, 2010
Jonah Goldberg: How The Ground Zero Mosque Controversy Has Exposed Obama And The Ruling Elite
And there are still twenty-seven months to go. Impressive!
The notion that Bloomberg couldn’t have quietly stopped this in New York is like saying Satan is powerless to do anything about the heat in Hades. He could have kept the molehill from becoming a mountain with an afternoon’s worth of phone calls. The center would be built, just not so close to Ground Zero; no big deal.
But instead of quietly extinguishing a controversy, Bloomberg said it was as important a “test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime.”
He also insists that opponents should be “ashamed” of their bigotry, even though he expects “special sensitivity” from the mosque’s backers. Apparently, it’s only shameful to think Ground Zero requires “special sensitivity” if you oppose the mosque. Bloomberg apparently needs a tutor to pass his own church-state test.
Which brings us to President Obama (who himself could have quietly intervened months ago) and to what may be his most embarrassing blunder yet.