“The cynics are right nine times out of ten.”
The worst kept secret in the history of secrets is finally out: President Obama is in favor of gay marriage. Whoopdedoo. But, if you want to read something a bit different on this, check out National Review Online. They seem to believe that Obama’s evolution is not, as yet, complete. Given his track record, they’re probably right.
Other than NRO, there are still a couple aspects of this that I’m generally not seeing, the first being: Obama was actually for gay marriage, before he was against it, which obviously was prior to Wednesday’s “shocker” that he is for it…..again. Back in 2009, Politico revealed this:
Obama in 1996: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
I see a bunch of timelines concerning Obama’s ‘evolution’ on this issue, but they almost all ignore this little tidbit as if it didn’t occur. How does an adult in their mid-30s change their mind on one deeply held belief to its exact opposite, and then 16 years later….change it back? Perhaps this is one of those Inconvenient Truths I’ve heard so much about.
The second item that seems to be getting drowned out by all the hoopla was from the abcnews blog: “The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own.”
So Obama suddenly believes in federalism when it comes to marriage laws,….why, exactly? It’s not as if he follows that same logic with other issues.
If Obama has endorsed federalism and believes that states have the right to define marriage, then why doesn’t he support the ability of states to extricate themselves from Obamacare? Why don’t states have the right to dictate their immigration laws? And does he “personally” believe that states should be able decide the issue of abortion? Roe v. Wade exists, but so does the Defense of Marriage Act.
A cynic might say that this whole issue is yet another in a conga-line of distractions that the White House seems intent on parading before us. A cynic wold say that Obama is desperate to talk about anything other than the economy, unemployment, our debt crisis, Obamacare and a host of economic disasters that his administration has bestowed upon us. A cynic would say this revelation was for purely political reasons. A cynic would say that good ol’ “Foot-In-Mouth” Biden forced Obama into doing this waaaay earlier than he would have liked.
Not me. No, sir….I’m no cynic.
‘Cause I know how he really feels: