GrassTopsUSA Exclusive CommentaryBy Don Feder 05/14/2012
After several seconds of deep reflection, Barack Obama announced late last week that his position had undergone a seismic shift and he now fully supported the absurdity known as gay marriage.
The nation wondered: What next? Would the pope embrace Catholic doctrine? Would Billy Graham signify his support for the New Testament? Would Lindsay Lohan fail a breathalyzer test?
â€œA gutsy call,â€ chirped The New York Times, and yet more evidence of the Great Oneâ€™s â€œstrong national leadership.â€ If Obama refused emergency medical services after stubbing his toe, The Times would hail his heroic endurance.
If the presidentâ€™s newest position on unholy matrimony is courageous, then his earlier retreat on the issue must have been craven. As a candidate for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, Obama declared â€œI favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.â€ He was running in a district that made Massachusetts look like Kansas.
By 2004, when he was running for the United States Senate (and in 2008 as a presidential candidate) â€“ and after weighing all of the evidence judiciously for a fraction of a second â€“ the champion of a spurious equality endorsed the view that â€œmarriage is between a man and a womanâ€ a position heâ€™s steadfastly maintained (sort of) for eight years, while teasing us with regular hints that his views here were evolving â€“ based on polling data and fundraising imperatives.
After Biden forced Obamaâ€™s hand, with his Will & Grace rationale for same-sex matrimony on â€œMeet the Press,â€ the president told ABC News on Wednesday evening, â€œI think same-sex couples should be able to get married.â€ The statement was made public on Thursday. Of course, there was also the moral imperative of squeezing more money out of Hollywood, which had become what-have-you-done-for-me-lately churlish.
On gay marriage, the president hasnâ€™t evolved, heâ€™s come out of the closet, dragging a ton of campaign cash from his most committed/demented supporters.
What James K. Polk was to Manifest Destiny, what Ronald Reagan was to stopping the advance of Soviet communism, what John F. Kennedy was to Olympic-class fornication â€“ Barack Hussein Obama is to the Lady Gaga agenda.
In 2009, he appointed Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (which sadly neglects the transgendered) head of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Apparently, no one from NAMBLA was available for the post.
Besides writing a forward for the book â€œQueering Elementary Educationâ€ (indoctrination canâ€™t start too soon), Jennings reportedly told a GLSEN audience in 2000 that, as a private-school teacher in Massachusetts, he once advised a 15-year-old, who told him he had sex with a man after an encounter in a public restroom, â€œI hope you knew how to use a condom.â€ In later versions of the tale, the victim became 16.
In 2010, a beaming Obama signed repeal of Donâ€™t-Ask-Donâ€™t-Tell (having engineered its passage by a lame duck Congress), allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military.
In so doing, the master of Newspeak proclaimed: â€œThis law Iâ€™m about to sign will strengthen our national security and uphold the ideals that our fighting men and women risk their lives to defend.â€ Little did the men lying in graves in Normandy know that when they died on Omaha Beach it was so that one day their successors could be leered at in showers by members of a â€œsexual minority.â€
Give him the benefit of the doubt, Obama may actually believe that increasing the anxiety of guys serving in combat supports national security. After all, he thinks killing the Keystone Pipeline lessens our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and trillion-dollar deficits lead to prosperity.
In 2011, President Gay-Okay made securing homosexual rights abroad a priority of U.S. foreign policy.
In a December address to the U.N. Human Rights Council (an oxymoron) in Geneva, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that promoting gay rights in nations devastated by AIDS was now a key goal of U.S. foreign policy. According to the Associated Press: â€œMany of the ambassadors in the audience responded with stony faces and rushed out of the room as soon as she finished speaking.â€ Donâ€™t they get â€œWill & Graceâ€ in developing nations?
At the same time, Hillaryâ€™s boss ordered U.S. agencies to give priority treatment to gay, lesbian and whatever refugees and asylum-seekers â€“ not to persecuted Christians, not to women seeking to escape the deadly embrace of Shariah, but to individuals most likely to be STD-carriers.
Early in his administration, the man the Constitution requires to â€œtake care that the laws be faithfully executed,â€ decided that his Justice Department would no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), without which the federal judiciary would force the 31 states that have banned gay marriages to recognize those contracted in other states.
DOMA passed by a vote of 342 to 67 in the House and 85 to 14 in the Senate, and was signed into law by Hillaryâ€™s hubby in 1996. In violation of his oath of office, Obama decided not to enforce it because he doesnâ€™t like it, again demonstrating his disdain for the rule of law.
While the president was trying out for the revival of â€œA Chorus Line,â€ the talking heads were puzzling over the political ramifications of the move. â€œOn gay marriage, who will pay the price â€“ Obama or Romney?â€ asked a May 11 headline in The Baltimore Sun. Headline from 1980 election: â€œWho will pay the price for the Tehran hostage crisis â€“ Carter or Reagan?â€
Fridayâ€™s Rasmussen Poll showed Romney with a 7-point lead over the president (50% to 43%). For the first time, the governor garnered the support of half the American people, going head-to-head with Obama. What could account for Romneyâ€™s sudden surge â€“ a new haircut?
The day after the presidentâ€™s shocking change of course, North Carolina â€“ site of this yearâ€™s Democratic National Convention â€“ became the 31st state to constitutionally define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
In 2008, Obama carried the state by 0.3% of the vote. Last week, 61% of Tar Heel voters rejected gay marriage. Hertford County (60% black), went for the amendment by 70%.
In all 32 states where gay-marriage has appeared on the ballot (in one form or another), what the president now declares to be a matter of fairness and common sense was resoundingly defeated, most by over 60% This ranged from a low of 52% for traditional marriage in California (2008), to highs of 81% in Tennessee and Alabama (both in 2006).
There are five states that Obama carried by less than 3% of the vote in 2008 that have all passed marriage-protection amendments by landslide majorities.
Ohio, Florida and Virginia are crucial swing states. Four years ago, Obama carried them by 51.5%, 51.03% and 52.63% respectively. The same states passed marriage-protection amendments by 62%, (2004), 62% (2008) and 57% (2006).
Now, mavens of political punditry, tell me again how Obama's new-new gay-marriage position will help him win reelection?
The 2012 election will not be a referendum on gay marriage â€“ any more than on abortion, illegal immigration or the price of gas at the pump. Like most, I expect the election to hinge on the economy. But, beyond dedicated constituencies which do care about such seeming inconsequentials as the value of human life and the family, the presidentâ€™s embrace of homosexual marriage is another piece of a Twilight Zone mosaic.
Choosing a president often comes down to which candidate falls within votersâ€™ comfort zone â€“ which is why the electorate picked painfully inarticulate George W. Bush over smug smart-ass Al Gore in 2000.
How comfortable will Americans be voting for a man who says thereâ€™s nothing special about America, America isnâ€™t a Christian nation, Moslems should be able to build a mosque near the ruins of the World Trade Center, the goal of tax policy is to â€œspread the wealth,â€ and if he had a son, heâ€™d look like Trayvon Martin.
Touting his historic achievements â€“ the smallest workforce since 1981, 2011 GDP growth below anemic (1.7%), a doubling of gas prices and a 50% increase in the National Debt since he came to office â€“ the president assured us, â€œWeâ€™ve begun to see what change looks like.â€
In Obamaâ€™s America, change looks like Karl Marx in a hoodie and a pink tutu pirouetting at a same-sex wedding ceremony performed by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright at the Ground Zero Mosque â€“ while millions (in the media) cheered.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.