Obama Exploits Equal Rights For Political Gain
For those of us who see through the illusion that is politics and American democracy, the historical significance of a sitting President speaking in support of same-sex marriage is lost. Even with my years of experience fighting for equal rights for same-sex couples, I was not impressed nor was I appeased by the newly “evolved view” of President Obama. Actions speak much louder than words, but alas, it is campaign season and there are millions of easily subdued sheeple who vote based on talking points and mass hysteria.
Words with out action has already become this President’s legacy. Whether it’s closing Guantanamo Bay, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, protection of whistleblowers, ending the war on terror, heath care for all, or other obvious objectives of the American people, the President has time and time again fallen short. Are people so disconnected from reality that they can constantly be overcome by political propaganda? Not all of us.
Had the President come out in strong support of equal rights from day one, and backed it up with action to progress the goal, then his affirmation might feel more genuine. But it was only after years of careful political calculations and a Vice Presidential gaff that prompted Obama to join the rest of us on the right side of history.
With most of the 2008 pseudo-revolutionary energy dried up, the Obama 2012 staff needed something that would energize the liberal base while maintaining the ability to govern without accountability. Drone strikes will continue to kill innocent villagers (or as CNN would call them, “suspected militants”) in the Middle East, the war on terror will grow, and civil liberties will continue to erode as the government cracks down on dissent, but at least the commander and chief says gay people should be allowed to get married here at home! Though both parties are guilty of exploiting same-sex couples for political gain as neither actually plan on radically altering any federal laws to allow such legal unions, the Democrats should feel the most guilty for stringing along so many hopeful idiots.
I do not forgive and I will not forget the President’s previous stance on this issue as he used religion to justify his bigotry multiple times. Even if the President was planning on publicly coming out in support of equal rights all along, the damage has already been done. Millions of young people listened to Obama use “religious convictions” to separate gay couples from multi-gendered relationships over and over. I would like to see a reporter ask the President for a public apology to all who he previously wronged.
“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” – April 17, 2008, while running for president, defining marriage at the Saddleback Presidential Forum.
As disingenuous as the President’s support may seem, it did score his re-election campaign an extra $15,000,000 in just one night. George Clooney hosted a 150 person private fundraiser at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday night, where guests paid $40,000 a ticket for access to President Obama, while tens of thousands of non-celebrity supporters offered up a minimum $3 contribution for a chance to mingle with the political and Hollywood elite. This event further highlights the disconnect between the American people and their elected officials. The POTUS should not have the time to party with wealthy donors while millions of citizens are rising up in opposition to the status quo. Do you think party goers had concerns for the poor or for the heavy handed police actions which attempt to silence dissent across the country? Or were they more concerned about which card to use to pay the high entrance fee?
Marriage to me is nothing more than government approval on a relationship, so I see no need for it. But being as it does exist in our current culture, all who seek to benefit from the 1,100+ rights registered couples are awarded, should have that option regardless of gender. In the new world I envision, there is no need to discriminate between single people, married people and those who have multiple partners. Equal rights means just that. We are all equal and we all deserve the right to pursue happiness.
I’ll be waiting to see what radical steps are taken to advance equal marriage rights in the near future, but something tells me change will not come from the man who promised so much and delivered so little.