By the Left Coast Rebel
Since I am an (unofficial) Barack Obama 2012 "donor", (I receive emails from a variety of leftist groups; it's a great way to get a feel for what they are really concerned about), I received a note last night from His campaign celebrating His new-found support for gay marriage.
Obama's sudden support for gay marriage is, in my opinion, a cynical ploy to rally the Democrat base because his purposeful mismanagement of the United States economy has turned most of America against him and he knows it. But where were you on gay marriage, the last 3 years, BO? Why now? Why not follow the courage of your convictions?
Answer: he didn't because he has no convictions, other than expanding the Leviathan state as much as possible.
Aside from this all-too-obvious observation, Obama's gay marriage statement also gives us a glaring glimpse into what is truly bouncing around in the man's skull...
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
Fighting on my behalf? Excuse me? Can you say Dear Leader complex?
When was the last time a president referred to the troops (gay, straight or not) as those "fighting on his behalf"?
I'd like to know.
I know that He's the Commander in Chief but this strikes me as jarring, tasteless and disturbing. For what it's worth, here is the Oath of Enlistment that every person entering the Armed Forces of the United States must recite upon enlisting:
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
For me, Obama's "fighting for me" slip just confirms how dangerous this man is and how, in his eyes, he is the omnipotent philosopher-king of America.
It's just politically convenient and expedient that He is also now "for" gay marriage.
How lucky we are to have Him.
More at Memeorandum, here.
Updated: Interesting. Daniel Platt at GayPatriot has a post up showing that Yahoo readers (where the story first appeared) think that Obama's gay marriage move is all politics and no substance.
Updated x2: Longtime reader Nick from It's Just My Opinion checks in:
It may be a political move, but it's a shrewd one, in my opinion.
Obama is unlikely to offend anyone with his open support of gay marriage who would have supported him anyway: most people who are strongly opposed to gay marriage are either traditional conservatives or highly religious (or both), and people in either of those groups will not be supporting any liberal candidate. Conversely, people who are strong proponents of gay marriage are already likely Obama supporters, so you don't gain much there.
Where you do gain, however, is in the "middle" with independent voters, especially if you can contrast your position with that of Romney (ie: if Romney allows himself to be characterized as potentially or openly against gay marriage). There are a lot of independent voters who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and will struggle to choose between two parties which both represent their overall views poorly and with substantial compromises. By emphasizing the socially-liberal aspects of his positions (authentic or otherwise), Obama plays to his strengths with that voting bloc, and helps remind those voters that there are legitimate compelling reasons to support him despite his horrendous fiscal policies and socialist ideology.
It would be folly for the Republican party to ignore this strategy. If the Obama campaign can focus enough attention on the horrid and reprehensible social policies of the mainstream Republican party, they will be able to convince "middle ground" voters to discount the Democrats' horrid and reprehensible fiscal policies. Also, publicized expressions emphasizing negatives, like the NC gay marriage ban, will give the other party votes, without a doubt.
Nick makes several valid points here. Very interesting. Where will independents go?
On another thought, I'm sure I'm not the only one here that doesn't think Joe Biden's recent gay marriage gaffe was actually a gaffe. He was just tipping Obama's hand and testing the waters.