The Feb. 12th Newsday article about King and local Muslims has alot to offer. We are going to start here and add more later.
Local muslim leaders who were offeded by King's comments want to meet with him. King is quoted as saying he would meet with them "on my terms. I'm not going to listen to propaganda. The purpose of the meeting will be to detail the cooperation they are giving to law enforcement and what they are doing to work against al-Qaida in this country."
Let's see that again "on my terms." Who does King think he is? Peter King is a public servant. His salary is paid for by taxpayers. He is answerable to those taxpayers and quite frankly has "no terms" which the taxpayers are required to meet. If I have something to say to my congressman, he better damn well listen because that is his job. There are no qualifiers for the conversation.
In the article King is also quoted as saying that criticizing foreign policy is fine BUT "not in the wake of the largest tragedy ever to strike this country." So to King, the first amendment is no longer valid and we should all shut the hell up and agree with Bush. We don't think so.
This all harks back to last year when there was an organized effort by move-on.org to have constituents all over the country speak to thier congressional representative about why the war in Iraq was wrong. Reps around the country from both sides of the political aisle invited the consituents in to speak with them. Not Peter King. He hid in his office, refused to meet with his constituents and called the police. King is quoted as saying "I do not want to be a part of any national effort to undermine the President." A letter to the Massapequan Observer asked the question "I would like to know how airing opposing views on the reasoning behind war is "undermining." How does meeting with constituents do any harm?" That's what we would like to know.
Let it be known that unless you come to give him praise, take a picture with him or offer a campaign contribution, Peter King doesn't want to hear you.
Why doesn't King want to listen to his constituents? Call him or e-mail and ask him 202-225- 7896
Quote of the Day:
"I have never met a single other Republican who felt that Mr. King spoke for the party or for any Republican other than himself. Indeed, the only ‘Republican’ organization I have ever noticed Mr. King represent is the Irish Republican Army."
Sen. John McCain , The Hill Newspaper December 1997.