Brooklyn Tea Party Urges Use of Eminent Domain

07/28/2010 12:24 PM |

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Being on the right can tie you in a knot: recently, State Senator Marty Golden was so torn by a gun-control bill supported by police officers but opposed by the gun lobby that he skipped the vote entirely.

Similarly, if you thought the wingnuts of the Tea Party would at least uphold core principles like small government, well: what about when they’re trying to stop a bunch of Muslims from building a mosque?

The President of the Brooklyn Tea Party, “John K. Press, Ph.D.,” sent an open letter, to Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein regarding the proposed mosque in Sheepshead Bay that has sent locals into a tizzy. In it, he suggests a few tactics she might pursue in order to slow or stop construction of the house of worship—including eminent domain, scourge of true American conservatives since 1791.

Perhaps you can publicize that you need to know about the foreign funding, so that we can make sure the developers are complying with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Perhaps you can stall by looking into Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s suggestion to stop the Ground Zero mega-mosque via eminent domain. You could attempt to get our Community Board to express your community’s concerns to the BSA.

In short, the Tea Party wants the government to intervene in any way it can! So, if the Tea Party isn’t concerned about big government—which needs high taxes to oil its gears, of course—then what is the Brooklyn Tea Party’s core principle? A rabid and paranoid hatred of The Other? Oh boy, what a party! I can imagine Helene Weinstein will be bending over backwards to associate herself with these lovely people, pictured above.

3 Comment

  • Hello,

    This letter is from John Press, the author of the letter to Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein. I understand why you would be confused by this apparent contradiction in political thought. So let me try to clarify the connection.

    As I explain in my book “Culturism” (http://www.culturism.us), self-governance happens at different levels. In this case, using eminent domain to stop a foreign power from building mosques in our nation reifies our State government. In comparison, you see, to globalism, it is local self-governance. Does that make sense? Part of having smaller government, when your government is bent on economic and military globalism, is strengthening your borders and recognizing your national sovereignty.

    When we say, ‘smaller government,’ in other words, we must ask “smaller than what?” In this case there is another strong overlay with local self-governance. The people of the neighborhood do not want this Mosque built. It clearly does not represent the needs or desires of the local community. They have appealed to their representatives, but their representatives do not pay attention to them. This is the exact problem, the arrogant “we-know-better” government attitude that the Tea Party fights. “We the people,” not “We the governing class who know better” begins our Constitution.

    And author, you should consider that this sort of left-liberal disdain politicians have for those who value their culture, for the people in our democracy, comes through in your article. Your statement of “these lovely people” reeks of elitism. I see nothing wrong with “these people.” In fact, they are Americans involved in the political process. That makes them pretty great in my book. But, as the politicians of late, you sneer at them.

    I wish that assemblypersons Cymbrowitz and Weinstein would listen to the local people they serve and should represent. If their attitude is anything like yours, (not wanting to be associated with such people), they should be voted out immediately. If they, as you, do not like the people of this community, they should not represent us. Theirs, my dear author, like it or not, is the voice of the local people. That, dear author, like it or not, is the way that democracy, local self-governance, (whether national or district wide), is supposed to work.

    Thank you for the important question considering the Tea Party’s political philosophy.

    John Press, Ph.D.

  • I am one of those “lovely people” who live in Sheepshead Bay and don’t want this outpost of hate built in my community. If you would really take the time and read Quran, you would then understand that this is the most violent and repulsive religion as evidenced by the deeds of its adherents who, correctly carry out mass murders on its behalf. I understand my comments will offend your liberal, moral-relavistic sensitivities but I’m frankly tired of being told that Islam is a religion of peace. If you would truly study it not from the prism of a liberal mushy-headed pot smoker but from a purely objective standpoint, you would realize that it

  • I am one of those “lovely people” who live in Sheepshead Bay and don’t want this outpost of hate built in my community. If you would really take the time and read Quran, you would then understand that this is the most violent and repulsive religion as evidenced by the deeds of its adherents who, correctly carry out mass murders on its behalf. I understand my comments will offend your liberal, moral-relavistic sensitivities but I’m frankly tired of being told that Islam is a religion of peace. If you would truly study it not from the prism of a liberal mushy-headed pot smoker but from a purely objective standpoint, you would realize that it