Party of One Less

Who could see this coming?

Islam and tea-party activism clashed at a raucous meeting Monday night when a group of Broward County Republicans blocked a Muslim activist as a member of the party’s executive committee.

Republicans, who changed their rules to publicly vet Nezar Hamze and then vote on his application by secret ballot, said they didn’t oppose him because he was a Muslim — but because he is associated with the Center for American-Islamic Relations, whose Washington-area affiliate was an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terrorism indictment.   Hamze, CAIR’s South Florida director, said his local group had nothing to do with the suspect activities in Washington. He said CAIR advocates for civil rights for Muslims, who have been unfairly targeted ever since 9/11.

“I’m aligned with Republican values. And I want to serve the party,” Hamze said, who earlier told a reporter that any effort to block him was the result of anti-Islamic “bigotry.”

“Terrorist!” said one man. — Miami Hurled

A Muslim among Florida ‘Pubs?  Those open-minded, tolerant, unbiased  defenders of the American Way As Long as It’s Wealthy White and Speaks English?   What did he expect —  a warm embrace and a kiss on each cheek?  He’d be better off joining a synagogue where he could pass himself off as Jewish……or he could join the Klan, and at least keep his ass hidden under a hood.

But I discover, when I reach him by phone, just how misguided I am about all this.

“I can’t believe they pulled this stunt,” he says.  “I thought they’d recognize just how valuable a person like me would be to the party.”

What — they need a piñata for the Christmas party but they’re afraid of Mexicans?

“My world view and values line up perfectly with theirs.  I’m a hard-liner like the teabaggers, committed to a theocratic system  where religion is the primary authority.  Prayer in schools, dress codes emphasizing modesty, no mention of birth control, Creationism, etc. “

Hmm.  Very Republican indeed.

“That’s my point!  And I oppose the homosexual agenda and welfare for non-believers.  I think the death penalty is under-utilized.  I believe that when government breaks the law the way these socialist Democrats have done, it’s our right as citizens to ignore it, using force if we must.  That’s why it’s important to preserve our 2nd amendment  right to bear automatic weapons and body armor. ”

Aaah.  You’re a Constitutional scholar, and a patriot, too!

“Certainly.  This is why I don’t understand their concern about my alleged ties to terrorism.   They’re not actually opposed to terrorism itself — only certain kinds against certain people.  It’s obvious to me, anyway, that  the Republican party of Florida would be receptive to attacks on physicians and Planned Parenthood clinics,  for example, if that’s what it takes to stop baby killing abortions.   The end justifies the means.  Terrorists understand this, and I suspect Republicans do as well.

Wait a minute — you say you ARE a terrorist?  They’re right?

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.   As a loyal member of the Republican party of Florida, I am proud to be in denial.  Good-bye.”

Gosh.  I’m so confused.  Well, at least I’m not alone.

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2 Responses to Party of One Less

  1. Ruh Roh says:

    All kidding aside, this is classic behavior by the Republicans in this county and state — bigoted, cowardly, undemocratic, and above all, sneaky.

  2. Merkin Way says:

    A political party makes its own rules and runs its own organization. Not only do they have every right to police their own ranks, they have an obligation to their constituents. They probably handled this all wrong from a PR point of view, but if they’re genuinely concerned that having this guy, who admits his association with an undesirable organization, among their leadership, they did what they should have done.

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