In criticizing President Obama's defense of the First Amendment as it applies to the trumped-up controversy about a Muslim community center building two blocks from where they World Trade Center stood, Richard Wagner says the President is "concerned only with a high-minded and elitist ideal..." (8/21) I guess that puts the President in the company of John Dickinson, Gouverneur Morris, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Edmund Randolph, James Madison, Roger Sherman, James Wilson, and George Wythe. These authors of the U.S. Constitution did, indeed, have high hopes for the new democracy they created. Sad to say, we allow these ideals to be trampled in the gutter when we don't defend them. Even sadder is the fact that the people who want to turn our country into a nation of slave workers with no rights can distract us from their evil plan by throwing one hot button issue after another at us. This week it's a Muslim building project. What will it be next week? I wonder if the men who wrote the Constitution ever dreamed the day would come when Americans would condemn their "high-minded and elitist" ideals?