Government Control of The Masses?

by GADI ADELMAN August 23, 2010
On March 23, 2010 Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), defended ObamaCare on WJR’s Paul W. Smith radio show out of Detroit. In response to a question posed by Smith, Dingell stated:
“Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.”
“Control the people”, sounds like something out the former USSR, does it not? Well, get ready Comrades as it only gets better.
As you all know by now, on August 13 Obama hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House in celebration of the Muslim holiday Ramadan in which he said:
“But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
Now, of course the very next day Obama attempted to back pedal and clarify his words by saying:
“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.”
Funny, I thought he was pretty “clear” that both as a citizen and as president it was fine that a mosque be built at Ground Zero. But I guess, along with the greater percentage of the public, I misunderstood.
I need not discuss the backlash caused by that statement as it has been the topic of every news station, newspaper and magazine that I have seen since. I had even chosen last week not to write about it since everyone and their grandmother was doing such a fine job covering it.
Then last Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in with her two cents:
“There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded, how is this being ginned up?”
Then, following in the footsteps of her boss, she also attempted to clarify her statements early the next day:
“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance, that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center,’” according to Pelosi’s statement, quoting the Alliance’s position. “’At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.”
But even with her “so called” clarification she still is asking “who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.”
Have we reached the point in this country that now, even when average citizens voice their opinion, if someone in the government or administration doesn’t like it we get threatened with strong arm scare tactics?  Is that not an attempt to “Control the masses”?
Pelosi now claims she was not referring to an “inquiry”. Then what the hell does it mean when one of the most powerful people in this country says “looking into how this opposition to the mosque being funded”?
Debra Burlingame, the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America issued a response the day after the Speaker made her comments that sums up how the 9/11 family members feel:
“For the last four months, 9/11 families, first responders, survivors and concerned citizens have been asking where developers are getting funding for a $100-million dollar mosque and Islamic center planned for Ground Zero. The imam who is heading the project has refused to identify the source of the $5 million cash that was used to purchase the building, and told an Arab newspaper that he will get funding for the project from Arab and Muslim countries. Given the imam’s statements, that America was “an accessory to the crime” on 9/11, that “Osama Bin Laden was made in the U.S.A.” as well as his repeated refusal to condemn Hamas, we believe he has an obligation to come clean to the public on his financial sources. Our concern has been amplified by news that the imam’s worldwide “Shariah Index Project” is being funded by the Malaysian government, and that he is a principal figure in the Perdana Global Peace Project, the number one funder of the Gaza Flotilla, a violent attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Today we learn that instead of taking our concerns seriously, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggested that the opponents of the Ground Zero mosque should be investigated. This comment is clearly intended to intimidate those of us who are speaking out to preserve the sanctity of Ground Zero, where more than 20,000 human remains have been recovered, 1,845 in the last five years. We can assure Ms. Pelosi that whatever funds we have spent to get our message out, they pale in comparison to the price we have personally paid since that day, and continue to pay as a result of the mosque project. The vast majority of the American people support us. They lived through September 11 with us, and they know, as we do, that this not a “local issue.” What happened on 9/11 affected all Americans.”
I know Debra Burlingame, we have spoken many times and she has been a guest on my radio show. She, like every other 9/11 family member had a part of her die that day and no one, no one can ever even put that in to a monetary figure.
Every person I know, excluding radio and television pundits that has spoken out against this mosque has done so using their own personal time, sweat and money, maybe Pelosi would like to look at my checkbook as well?
With all the staffers, advisors and experts that our representatives and the president have you think just one of them might have bothered to look at some opinion polls?
CNN: 68% of Registered Voters Oppose Mosque At Ground Zero
TIME: 61% of respondents oppose the construction of the Park51/Cordoba House project
Marist: Strong Majority in NYC Oppose GZ Mosque; Mayors #’s Plummet
Siena: 61% of NYC Residents Oppose Ground Zero Mosque
Rasmussen: Only 20% Support Ground Zero Mosque
TIME: More than 70% feel proceeding with the plan would be an insult to the victims of the attacks on 9/11
It would seem to me Mrs. Speaker that this is not “ginned up” and no one is making “a concerted effort to make this a political issue”. If you would bother to listen to the constituents and look at the numbers you would see that ALL groups heavily oppose this mosque regardless of their political viewpoints.
According to The Hill:
“A majority of all political groups polled oppose the mosque. Forty-three percent of Democrats support it and 54 percent say they are opposed. Eighty-two percent of Republicans are against the mosque, as opposed to just 17 percent who support it. A whopping 70 percent of independents are against the mosque, compared to 24 percent who support it.”
I guess the overwhelming majority of us had better get out our bank statements for big brother now, since we all seem to be in this conspiracy together. 
Not one thing that I have ever heard or read by anyone on this issue has ever said that Muslims do not have the right to build or pray where they choose. No one has ever questioned the Constitutional right of religion regardless of the faith. What we have all said, just like I wrote about back in May, is where is the funding coming from given Imam Rauf’s terror ties? 
And if, this is a big if, if, Imam Rauf says he wants to build bridges and is so into healing maybe he should consider that putting a mosque that close in proximity to Ground Zero has nothing to do with his rights, it is just that it is not right.
Maybe those in power should stop talking about looking into how the opposition to the mosque is being funded and start a real inquiry into the finances of the man with the terror ties, Imam Rauf.
Maybe they should use their political clout and help the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship that was destroyed when the towers fell. Now the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has accused New York officials of stalling the reconstruction while the mosque near Ground Zero moves ahead.
According to, assistant to the archbishop, Father Alex Karloutsos stated:
“We have people that are saying why isn't our church being rebuilt and why is there ... such concern for people of the mosque”? "Religious freedom" would allow a place of worship for any denomination to be built, but accused officials with the Port Authority of making no effort to help move the congregation's project along.”
Of course this Church was there prior to 9/11, it would make too much sense to help have that rebuilt.
 I wonder… If a Greek Orthodox had hijacked a plane and flown it into the towers, would they now have a better chance of having the church rebuilt? I’m just sayin’. Contributing Editor Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He can be heard every Thursday night at 9PM est. on his own radio show “America Akbar” on Windows to Liberty Radio Network. He can be reached through his website

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