Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Moslems Welcome "Ground Zero Synagogue"

American bigots -- hiding under the labels of "conservative" or "libertarian" -- have a favorite talking point: "We'll let Them build a mosque in America, when They let Us build a church or synagogue in Saudi Arabia."

Yes, some bigots are saying "No mosques in America," not just on Ground Zero.

It's an absurd demand. Why? Because Germans, Russians, Italians, Chinese -- everyone -- have long come to America to escape more oppressive nations. We never said to Russians, "You can't enjoy free speech in the U.S. until Americans can enjoy free speech in the Soviet Union." We never before demanded that American immigrants live by the laws of their foreign homelands.

Why change that American standard for Americans of Muslim heritage? (That's right -- the "Them" and "They" are our fellow Americans.)

Even so, it seems that some foreign, Muslim nations are more tolerant than is the U.S. Here's a must-read peace about Lebanon's Ground Zero Synagogue.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Reagan Worse Than Obama on Unemployment

Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, released this interesting factoid on the LP's Monday Message:

"In the first 18 months of Obama's presidency, unemployment increased from 7.7% to 9.5%. During the first 18 months of Reagan's presidency, unemployment increased from 7.5% to 9.8%. That's even worse, but I don’t hear a lot of Republicans mentioning it."