Pelosi: Gov’t should probe people opposed to Ground Zero mosque

posted at 9:30 am on August 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Of course!  What better way to defend the First Amendment freedom of religion than to have the Speaker of the House ask the federal government investigate those exercising their First Amendment right to free speech?  Nancy Pelosi just guaranteed at least two new news cycles for a story, tossing even more gasoline on the fire than Barack Obama’s pas de deux this weekend:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she supports an investigation into groups opposing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York.

Pelosi told San Francisco’s KCBS radio that “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,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”

Does that mean that Pelosi wants Harry Reid investigated, too?   Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY)?  This should be fun!

One might think that Pelsoi would want a peek at where the Park51 will be getting its funds to build the mosque, especially since the State Department is footing the bill for a tour conducted by the imam at the head of the project.  Instead, Pelosi wants the power of the government directed at people taking political positions.  That goes well beyond any supposed extremism by the mosque’s opponents, most (but not all) of whom acknowledge that the property owners have the right to build on their lot anything that meets code, but want to express their opposition to the plans.  Pelosi would take this opportunity to use the government as a thought police to silence dissent.

Incredibly, in the same interview, Pelosi also says this:

Still, Pelosi said she’d like to see the issue determined by New Yorkers and slip off the national stage.

Yes, and a federal probe into political speech will certainly accomplish that, Speaker Pelosi.  Is the leadership of the Democratic Party really this clueless all of the time, or did something get into the water system in Washington DC this past week?

Update: The Daily Kos gets one right on this issue.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 6

If she probes me I’ll scweeeam!

OldEnglish on August 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Stupid evil biznatch!

44Magnum on August 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Deutschland, deutschland, uber alles, uber alles in dem Welt.

Not merely a Democrat, but a Fascist-Democrat.

rbj on August 18, 2010 at 9:33 AM

If you probe a Dem, they lie like Blagojevech. He was found guilty of speaking like democrats do.

seven on August 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

She IS the Democrap Party. If you support the Constitution, you need to be investigated.

BobK on August 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Okey-Dokey, Pelosi. You’ll only have to round up 70 % of the country. No big deal. What a maroon.

kingsjester on August 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Does she have a November Death Wish, or what?

Bob's Kid on August 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I say bring it on. Let’s see if the number of House seats the GOP picks up in November cracks triple digits.

Doughboy on August 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Good..Let the games begin..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The Democratic anguish in November will be something for the ages.

kingsjester on August 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

NRO’s Daniel Foster describes the Treasure Island boondoggle that Pelosi is referring to.

The “Treasure Island” to which Pelosi testily refers is a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay which is in the process of being turned over to the city for redevelopment into an 8000-home “ecotopia” — a Brave, New World with wind- and solar-powered skyscrapers, where Americans, presumably, can be investigated by Congress because they share an opinion with too many of their countrymen for it to be anything but a seditious conspiracy.

Is this pie-in-the-sky “investment” being funded by our Congress? with porkulus funds?

This deluded woman is out of control. She has no sense of priorities of national interest.

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

This is pretty much the same thing she said about the Tea Party, and I’m pretty sure she means it.

“I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”

It says alot about how progressives think. Nothing can happen unless it’s “funded”. People can’t think on their own, and need to be “ginned up”.

forest on August 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Using the word “fascist” in its technical sense as one who believes in authoritarian socialism that involves social control by a combination of public ownership of the means of production and heavy Government regulatory control, Pelosi is a fascist; and as such, she does not believe in freedom and free speech. She is no democrat with a small “d.”

Phil Byler on August 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

It’s almost like she has no idea what the words she is saying actually mean in English.

WashingtonsWake on August 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

We should probe Pelosi to see if there is any grey matter remaining in her botox ridden head.

iam7545 on August 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

If you don’t agree with the left you will be investigated !

There is a sickness in the Democratic party and this Peloski woman is at its core,the woman is addled.

Sandybourne on August 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

that wire-haired man-goblin needs to go back to her crypt.

And close the lid.

Black Adam on August 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Remember when Bachmann said a similar thing, except that the media should examine some politicians more closely (which, they keep telling us, is their job)?

strictnein on August 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Tin soldiers and Nancy coming
We’re finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming
No mosque at ground zero

When they take the gavel from her hand in November I hope they beat her over the head with it.

DeweyWins on August 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas,
When the speaks up…

madmonkphotog on August 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

the State Department is footing the bill for a tour conducted by the imam at the head of the project

Still haven’t heard a good explanation for this. Is the State Department also funding foreign “outreach” tours for rabbis and priests?

This Imam’s taxpayer-funded “outreach” sounds like a violation of First Amendment principles all on its own. Why doesn’t Pelosi suggest a federal probe of this type of crap?

AZCoyote on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

When the investigators come to question me I’m just going to tell them the truth… I was ginned up on September 11, 2001.

myrenovations on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Well, that should include all Ground Zero houses of worship, especially the one that was THERE when the towers came down.

Oh ~ as for investigating “obstructionists”, then Nance should include the Port Authority, n’est pas?

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America accused New York officials on Tuesday of turning their backs on the reconstruction of the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, while the controversial mosque near Ground Zero moves forward.

…While the mosque project cleared red tape earlier this month, negotiations between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the church stalled last year — and will not be revived, according to government officials. Though the particulars of the two projects are completely different and on the surface unrelated, the church and its supporters see a disconnect in the way the proposals have been handled.

Religious freedom, fair’s fair, etc..

tree hugging sister on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Let’s investigate where Pelosi gets HER money. Oh, from us? Investigation over. That was quick.

Paul-Cincy on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Never go full retard.

RarestRX on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

DANG! I messed that up.

madmonkphotog on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I think there must be something to that botox-destroys-brain-cells theory.

BitterClinger on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I’m going to have my popcorn, lazyboy and TV ready for November. Good times will be had by all!

DuctTapeMyBrain on August 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Since Soros funds the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, she assumes there must be a similar backer of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Wethal on August 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Who is going to investigate..Rangel?..Waters?..Waxman?..hee hee..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Pelosi has brainwashed herself into believing that Americans are not capable of holding their own opinions.

kingsjester on August 18, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Bring it on! I want to see the whole freaking Dem party start hearings and investigations into everyone that opposes them!
I want to see Obama come out and demand investigations too! Bring it on!
This party is nothing but pure evil!
The only thing these people should be in charge of is toilet cleaning at the state pen!

Defeat them and then take their wealth! I want to see them investigated, arrested, put on trial and imprisoned the rest of their lives! The deserve nothing but jail time for destroying and robbing a nation of it’s wealth and liberty! If CEO’s of corporations can go to jail for fraud and abuse then so can politicians for the fraud they have committed on millions!

JellyToast on August 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM

“I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”

She’s quite the little fascist, isn’t she?

RadClown on August 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I’m ready to be questioned…

I’ll be waiting at my door for the black Suburban to pick me up

PatriotRider on August 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

This woman is certifiable! And 3rd in line to the presidency!?! Scary stuff.

mozalf on August 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Where’s Proud Rino?

darwin on August 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Maybe Pelosi can retire to a nursing home on the ecotopia, where she can spend the rest of her declining years being mesmerized by her own hand-held windmill. Her meds will, of course, be the blue-plate special type, reserved for former congresscritters who have no respect for their constituents’ concerns nor the nation’s pocketbook.

That self-righteous bag of wind is despicable.

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Gotta love that anything goes attitude that has really gotten our country in some serious situations. You can be fair and still be smart about things.

tomas on August 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Pelosi needs a Constitutional POP-QUIZ

J_Crater on August 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM

When will Biden chime in?..

the_nile on August 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Perhaps we should have a probe into the intelligence of the voters in her district.

Crux Australis on August 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I can think of a much better place for a probe.

faol on August 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

This is amazing, sort of like a child allowed too close to the fireplace.

“That is so pretty” (sticks hand out) “Ouch!”
(rubs burned fingers) “Maybe if I touch it very quickly…Ouch!”

Vashta.Nerada on August 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Not a farce dude, look at the menace and savage abandon in her eyes.

abobo on August 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Idiot. It isn’t being “ginned up” by anyone. The average American is pissed off at the idea of a victory mosque.

It isn’t rocket science. When a group of people kill 3000 Americans in the name of a given religion, we don’t really want that religion setting up shop in the blast zone.

Vera on August 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

So is this part of a jobs initiative? And will funding come from the current slush fund or require appropriations?

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Ginned up? Pelosi must have been thinking about Tuh-Ray-Suh Heinz.

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I think there must be something to that botox-destroys-brain-cells theory.

BitterClinger on August 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I think they just went in too deep with the needles.

Vashta.Nerada on August 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Where’s Proud Rino?

darwin on August 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

He is still in TQOTD thread..using the same talking points..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Pelosi……..You Fired

rich801 on August 18, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Still, Pelosi said she’d like to see the issue determined by New Yorkers and slip off the national stage.

America was attacked on 9-11 you would have to have been living in a cave….or in some kind of politically induced Coma not to know that. It wasn’t just NYC but that huge Crater in the Ground has become a symbol of the atrophy this country is going through….if they get this mosque up and running before the towers are rebuilt…going on 9 years now is anyone going to comment on that? I mean besides Glenn Beck.

What’s All The Sharia About?

Down here in Texas where I live two teenage girls were killed by their father in the back of his cab…for being to western.

Someone explain to me how is Sharia – U.S. Constitution compliant? Sharia has hit the U.S. Shores look at what it has left in it’s wake in other countries – look to the North to Canada. “Londonstan” Nancy so wants to be like the Euro Socialist, living with Islamic extortionist in their midst…..not that I would complain about someone throwing a blanket over her LOL!

Then we can talk about 1st amendment.

Dr Evil on August 18, 2010 at 9:49 AM

This woman is certifiable! And 3rd in line to the presidency!?! Scary stuff.

mozalf on August 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Less than 3 more months.

rollthedice on August 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Pelozi proves without doubt that liberalism is definitely a mental disorder. Those who would elect her are a threat to humanity.

volsense on August 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Us little children sure get-under-the-skin of the adults.

Electrongod on August 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM

This has been such a delicious week. And it is ONLY Wednesday.

::: swoon :::

Key West Reader on August 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Vera on August 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

+100000

milwife88 on August 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Pelosi needs a Constitutional POP-QUIZ

J_Crater on August 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Remember in 2006 and 2008 when some brilliant Repubs would say, “Hey, let’s loose this cycle on purpose so the Dems can own it all!” Um, I think that’s the Dem’s strategy now. Good luck with that.

parteagirl on August 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Let’s see:

President: Anti-American
Speaker of the House: Anti-American
Senate Pro Temp: Anti-American
SCOTUS: Several members Anti-American

Do you see why we are pissed, when we pay taxes but you still hate us?

Oil Can on August 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

When will Biden chime in?..

the_nile on August 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

He’s hiding in Alaska right now.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she supports an investigation into groups opposing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York.

Time to bring back the House Un-American Activities Committee, Nancy?

year_of_the_dingo on August 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

On how many other issues can the Dems side against the majority?
My favorite line from the movie The Ten Commandments:
“Your tongue will dig your grave.”

itsnotaboutme on August 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Is it just me ..but I’m having a hard time telling the difference in Pelosi and the Emily’s List loon in the fake Bear suit on the HA front page..Can someone help me out?..:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I oppose it and haven’t seen any money. Where’s mine?

Dingbat63 on August 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Harry Reid has asked for the mosque not to be built in the chosen location. Is Pelozi asking for the Senate Majority Leader to be “probed”?

volsense on August 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Can you just visualize David Axelrod’s head right now? Le’ Peauxf!

Key West Reader on August 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

There should be an investigation …
into how a stupid imbecile such as Pelosi was ever entrusted with the Speakership of the US House of Representatives.

J_Crater on August 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Is this pie-in-the-sky “investment” being funded by our Congress? with porkulus funds?

[...]

onlineanalyst on August 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

It’s even worse than that! My comment from the other thread shows that there may be corruption at the Federal level involved.

ExpressoBold on August 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

The thought of NP probing anything is nauseating.

Beaglemom on August 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Barney Frank has just changed his opinion and is not against the mosque. He wants his probing to start immediately…

Wine_N_Dine on August 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I hear Pelosi faked her virginity. Probe please.

Seth Halpern on August 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Shoot..typo..

He’s “now against the mosque.”

Wine_N_Dine on August 18, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I wonder if Nancy cleared this probe with President Bloomberg?.:)

Dire Straits on August 18, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Only the “professional Left” are for the Mosque.

Gov Paterson and Senator Reid are against the Mosque – and even Obama questions the “wisdom” of it.

faraway on August 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I can’t wait for her to become Minority Leader, or better, silenced back bencher

clnurnberg on August 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

It’s the top headline on Drudge now.

Hoo boy. Here we go.

Key West Reader on August 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

So, Paterson wants to offer them state land and Imam Rauf is on a “Mid-East” Goodwill (i.e., fund-raising)tour at U.S. taxpayer expense. What happened to the separation of church and state that the Libs are always crying about? I guess it only applies to Christians, 75 % of the U.S. population.

kingsjester on August 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

This woman has been so out of control with her mouth and messaging since Obama was elected. It’s like her Pimp Daddy, Obama, gave her a dose of bad heroin and a shank before putting her out on the street corner to hustle.

RepubChica on August 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Is the leadership of the Democratic Party really this clueless all of the time?

We have to confront the scary notion that there are very real oppressive instincts on the left and power corrupts.

RobCon on August 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I think she privately despised Harry Reid so she has no problem saying this.

WisCon on August 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I bet that seemed like a great idea after the second bong.

Hening on August 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM

“I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”

This perfectly illustrates the real fascism of democrats. I say go for it Nancy, keep pushing until every American voter sees you for what you really are.

dogsoldier on August 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM

What wonderful material for GOP November campaigns.

How could Dems respond? :
“Vote for me, or I’ll investigate you!”

That’s what I call “win win”!

Lockstein13 on August 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM

All Pelosi is doing is fueling the fire that is going to lead to her more-than justified ouster from the Speaker’s chair after the Democrats are pummeled to a virtual pulp in the upcoming Midterm elections.

It just stuns me when it comes to the illogical reasoning this woman employs. It absolutely defies description when attempting to define the sheer and utter audacity that makes up 99.99% of her being.

pilamaye on August 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Dementia or preternatural arrogance. Anyway, unbelievable. Look closely to how the Republicans respond.

rrpjr on August 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM

In 1996, the average cost to permit the construction of a home in California was $26,000. That was before breaking ground – before the first shovel full of dirt was moved.

Hilarious that SanFranNan is critical of people questioning what a piece of property will be used for. What an idiotic hypocrite.

AubieJon on August 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Deutschland wishes, and Stalin-esque dreams…

B Man on August 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Anyone game to list the reasons Speaker Phofit should go.

Suffering botox OD.

MSGTAS on August 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

I’ll volunteer to go first…

CynicalOptimist on August 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Pelosi is one piece of work.

Pelosi told San Francisco’s KCBS radio that “there is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.”

By whom? It’s the liberals that are trying to make it political. At least much of the local Left is against the mosque. If you see the protests, there’s nothing political about them. And they’re as diverse as a protest can possibly be when it comes to political affiliation.

JetBoy on August 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

This would be a real threat if the federal government could do anything competently. Maybe Patrick Fitzgerald could be appointed to look into this in his spare time, as a break from his retrial of Rod Blagojevich in Chicago.

Bennett on August 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

The only thing left to hit the news is that Breitbart finds out that the Mosque is being funded with stimulus money…

PatriotRider on August 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Is there really a more stupid woman on the planet? Oh, I forgot maxine waters, but she is right there with her. This woman could not be elected in any other state! I agree she has a botox addled brain and it seems to be just getting worse.

Bambi on August 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

“I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”

…would be more reasonable.

Count to 10 on August 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I love it when liberals in power take trips to San Fran. Us bitter-clingers are pretty much guaranteed a good soundbite or two to beat these idiots over the head with when they invariably get comfortable and tell us all how they really feel.

Joe Caps on August 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Nancy hasn’t had a clue in years. That’s why she’s constantly surrounded by handlers.

Just another example where being Speaker doesn’t automatically convey intelligence.

GarandFan on August 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

This clueless all the time.

Dee2008 on August 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

While she’s just using this rhetoric thinking it an intimidation tactic to silence opposition, there’s a good probability she’ll get her wish. All a Dem has to do is scream this should be investigated, and their law enforcement cronies march out to do their bidding. Alvin Greene got the same treatment when Clyburn did the frivilous, politically motivated screaming.

And Dan Riehl had a post a couple of days ago on the difference between outing Joe the Plumber’s ‘private’ info and outing Obama’s aunt’s ‘private’ info.

Dusty on August 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM

there is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.

Embattled President Obama started this.

faraway on August 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 6