Well right up front, In my mind this has absolutely nothing to do with partisanship. I am equally disgusted with all the Local, State and United States, elected officials that are hiding from this issue (regardless of political affiliation). Although including my opinion of the Presidents leadership on this certainly opens some discussion of Presidential politics...But, only on this issue.
I did not need the "President & Chief Professor" to lecture me on the law. I still have not earned a college degree, but I did not need the first words out of the President's mouth to be an intellectual law dissertation. Obliviously the laws of a free society with property rights and private ownership (with the heavy stench of Freedom To Worship any nutty fairy you wish)......you get.. Well.....it is perfectly legal here..and that is what our Founders wanted! Really??? I cannot think of any Founding Fathers I would feel comfortable with having their finger on the button. If for no other reason, I have no frame of reference as to what their policy may be. I can think of a couple that might burn the Mosque down. Fortunately the majority of us have evolved and have learned to debate and decide these things in the public marketplace of ideas. This in my humble opinion is a classic case of "Just because it is legal, doesn't make it right".
This is a "New York Issue". Well then the reasonable train of thought is the Japanese bombed Hawaii, not the U.S. On 9/11, I kept hearing in the news coverage..."we are all New Yorkers, we are all Americans"....now it is a local issue? Hog-wash! Now, the laws that allow it are mainly local, but our absolute Freedom of Speech Rights allow every American to have an opinion and the ability to publish it. Try that in Iran.
If this Imam was the least bit interested in Inter-Faith dialogue, he would prove he could hear a clear message and move it a few more blocks away. If this is a real effort to flip the United States the bird, then he will not reconsider, it may be built and I fear the real tension will only have begun. The fact is when moderates and reasonable people fail, the extremes tend to rush in. Just an observation.
As usual, I could always be wrong.
Just My Opinion,