Posts Tagged ‘ 9/11 ’

GOP Playing Politics with Life

I had seen a teaser on CNN earlier today about the Senate not even being able to debate a bill that would give 9/11 first responders free healthcare. You can read the online article here.

It makes me angry that the Republicans think they can play politics with life. The Republicans filibustered the vote to enter the bill in for debate, and it failed 57-42 (60 votes are needed for this process, known as “cloture”). The Republican Party has gone down in my opinion, and I have already determined that what little hope there was for me voting for my incumbent Senators (Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn) just went out the door. After learning of the vote, I am appalled at their lack of human respect and decency.

Many first responders who rushed into the World Trade Center and stayed for days and weeks afterward were exposed to chemicals and toxins, and the Republican Party basically just told them they don’t care. There have already been cases of first responders dying because they could not get the proper care–they can’t afford it.

Would it not be fair to at least give them some benefits similar to VA benefits? Or at least give them subsidized healthcare? I mean, come on, they tried to save as many as possible and worked to clean the site of the worst terrorist attack on United States soil.

In one way of thinking, the terrorists have won yet again–more are going to die because of their attacks, and this time, the Senate Republicans are the ones who should be held responsible.

I am in no way advocating that all Democrats are a God-send. Many are  not. But they voted to help those who need the help.

The Islamic Community Center in New York

On December 15, 1791, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution came into power. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The last part does not really pertain to this post, but I wanted to post the Amendment in its entirety to try to diffuse possible beliefs that I edited it down to my liking.

Personally, I support the mosque being built in Lower Manhattan, not because I am, as some have said, “a Muslim sympathizer,” but because I believe in the First Amendment.  I do not believe that the government needs to get in the way of this Islamic community center being built in Lower Manhattan.  The building is currently not occupied and has not been since September 11, 2001, when the building (which then housed a Burlington Coat Factory) was severely damaged due to one jet engine falling into it.

I am a Christian, and therefore I do not believe that the way to Heaven is through the Islamic religion, but I do not believe the followers of Islam to be inherently evil as many, quite possibly a majority, of my friends and acquaintances have implied.

When you associate the attacks of September 11, 2001, with Islam, it is just like associating the Waco Siege with Christianity.  The 19 cowards that attacked the United States on September 11 where not followers of mainstream Islam but rather a radicalized part of it, just as the Branch Davidians in the Waco Siege were not a part of mainstream Christianity.

Those who argue that the Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan is a “tribute to our 19 brothers’ marvelous work” are just wrong.  There is no other way to say it–they’re wrong.  That is not the purpose of this facility, and in fact, the purpose is just the opposite.  The purpose of building the center is to open it up to the community.  The plans call for multiple activity areas inside the facility, with only the top two floors being dedicated to the practice of Islam.  The other areas of the facility are open to the public, no matter what your religion or creed.  The purpose is to show that Islam is not a religion that believes in the destruction of America.

Those that argue that it legally should not be there need to think about it.  If they’re Christians, would they want a church to be told where they can and cannot build a church?  If they’re Jewish, would they want to be told where they can and cannot build a synagogue?  I don’t think so.  Every religion would take offense to that because of the First Amendment, which makes the infringement of religion illegal.

Some of our founding fathers came to this “New World” because they were looking for religious freedom because their faith was being oppressed in Europe.  We, the United States, are now becoming the oppressor since we are calling for the government to step in and tell the Islamic leaders that they cannot build this mosque, which is just wrong.

UK PM: U.S. caused all the trouble in Iraq

According to The Times, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, said Friday that the United States is to blame for most of the problems that have occurred due to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March of 2003.

Although he says that U.S. has caused the problems, he still believes that the war/conflict that has ensued was for the right reasons.

During the invasion of Iraq, Brown held the title of Chancellor.  In this role, he attended some of the same security briefings as Prime Minister Tony Blair, but was not in some of the meetings leading up to the multi-national military effort.

A lot of public opinion in the United States has turned against the conflict in Iraq, but it is nothing compared to the public opinion of the war in the United Kingdom.  People there have protested it from the beginning.  They have said that even if the United States thinks they have a right to be there because of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001, the U.K. has no right to be there at all.

This begs the question–should we be in Iraq?  A lot of public opinion has turned against it, but yet, we are still there.  And the Iraqi government has asked for an extension of our presence in Iraq, which, in my opinion, should not happen.  Iraq was the U.S.’s last chance at saving the Middle East from themselves.