As you all know, our president endorsed recently the idea of same sex marriage. I want to talk about how he did it and what it says about him.
In an interview with ABC News, the president said, essentially, that he couldn’t help but conclude same sex marriage was an idea worth supporting. After all, he noted, the time he had spent with gay family members and friends, gay staff members and soldiers, gay parents of his kids’ friends, all of whom were decent and in committed relationships, had helped shift his perspective.
As it turns out, the president was especially moved by the soldiers. Take a look at what he said about them:
“…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 [should have the right to/be able to].”
Apparently, our military fights not under his command but on his behalf.
That’s funny–I thought they fought for the entire country.
The president is entirely obsessed with himself. If you couldn’t already tell by the autobiography he had penned by his mid-thirties (having accomplished remarkably little), and his party’s convention (a trip to Greece, anyone?), hopefully you’ll be able to tell now. The whole world revolves around him (or should I say Him?). Even the world’s greatest military exists to fight on his behalf.
And that’s not the worst of it. What this statement tells us about our president (as if we didn’t already know) is that he makes decisions based on feelings, not what is better for the country in the long term.
So far as I’m aware, at no point has he discussed the implications of making love the single criterion for marriage (to cite one example). Then, wouldn’t any combination (number and sex) of people be able to marry? To my knowledge, at no point has he discussed the implications of divorce in the same sex community (to cite another example). You’d have kids going from having two moms/dads to four (if they each remarried)!
Those are the sorts of questions and issues a thoughtful person contemplates when making a decision as major as this one.
Barack Obama, being a typical liberal, is well intentioned, and tends to feel more than anything else.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I want my leaders behaving. I’d much prefer they ask the hard questions, even if it means they get answers that cause a degree of internal discomfort and open them up to (false) accusations of bigotry. That’s how a wise decision gets made.