Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Do Republicans hate freedom?

When it's for Muslims, yes, certainly, most of them do.

Perusing CPAC, the WaPo's Eugene Robinson finds a lot of love for Mubarak and the bigoted conviction that Muslims just can't handle democracy.

Part of it is that Republicans oppose Obama no matter what, so when he supports the protesters (or seems to), they oppose them.

Part of it, too, is that Republicans (and conservatives generally) had a hard time coming up with a coherent response to the Egyptian uprising, and really were never able to and so remained deeply divided.

But a lot of it, obviously, is anti-Muslim bigotry, including the misguided view that Islam is inseparable from theocratic sharia rule.

"These conservatives are arguing that the world's 1.2 billion Muslims cannot be trusted to govern themselves," writes Robinson. "That's not what I call loving freedom."

No, it's called being Republican.

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  • As a Republican, I have to agree with Obama just this once.

    Human rights are universal. If a man beats his wife and kids, that's wrong no matter where it happens. If police arrest civilians for speaking the truth, that's wrong no matter where it happens.

    As Americans, we have good reason to hate any country that oppresses its people. Hate their government, not their people.

    I say this as a Republican, but I've known Democrats who have said the same thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:26 AM  

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