Thanks to Newsweek, the title “first black president” can now be returned to President Clinton. It was Clinton’s alone until Senator Obama became President Obama and now that Newsweek has declared him to be the first gay president he no longer needs the “first black president” title.
For those of you who are now a bit confused let me explain. In a 1998 article for New Yorker American novelist, editor, and professor Toni Morrison declared President Clinton to be “our first black President…blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.” That phrase was picked by many Clinton supporters and repeated until even the Congressional Black Caucus acknowledged it to be true. On September 29th, 2001, Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson who was then serving as the chair of the Caucus said that Clinton “took so many initiatives he made us think for a while we had elected the first black president.”
It strikes me as ironic that according to liberals the first black president was not actually black and the first gay president is not actually gay. In liberal land it isn’t necessary to actually be what you are reputed to be if you simply embrace the right ideas. For President Clinton being black meant supporting an agenda approved by the national black leadership. It had nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with ideology.
The same is true for President Obama and his sudden Newsweek anointed gayness. President Obama is no more gay than President Clinton is black. But reality doesn’t matter to the Left. Reality isn’t real in any meaningful sense. It is only a concept to be twisted until the truth is wringed out of it so that the gatekeepers of politically correct thinking can assign meaning. It all makes me wonder how long it will be before some other left wing publication will declare President Obama to be the first female president.
But for conservatives, reality is attached to the facts as they are in the real world. Concerning President Obama’s announcement that his evolution has led him to the revelation that gay is ok the facts are:
1. North Carolina just became the 30th state to pass an amendment to their constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. North Carolina’s amendment goes even farther by banning civil unions. The amendment passed by eleven percent.
2. According to a new USA Today/Gallup survey 40 percent of Americans say President Obama’s public support of gay marriage will affect their votes. Of that number, 26% say they are less likely to vote for Obama and just 13% are more likely.
3. The same poll also revealed that among independents, 23% say they are now less likely to vote for Obama.
That poll might mean three strikes and you’re out for an Obama second term. South Carolina Congressman and stalwart Obama defender Rep. James Clyburn broke ranks with the President saying his support for same-sex marriage does not go far enough. He thinks the President shouldn’t leave something as important as marriage up to individual states. Rep. Clyburn is the No. 3 ranking Democrat in the House behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. In an MSNBC interview Clyburn said, I, like the president has evolved to a point of marriage equality. But he went on to say, “However I depart from the president on the state-by-state approach. If you consider this (marriage) to be a civil right…and I do…. I don’t’ think civil rights ought to be left up to a state-by-state approach.”
While I certainly don’t believe same-sex marriage is a civil right I absolutely agree that it is an issue that is too important to be left up to individual states. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution would force a state like South Carolina to accept same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts. That would have the effect of nullifying South Carolina’s tenth amendment right to define marriage by allowing another state’s definition to take precedent. Complete chaos would be the order of the day.
When President Obama announced his advanced evolved state of enlightenment on same-sex marriage I put a Facebook post of my best E-Trade baby shocked face. Most of the readers got the joke and agreed that the only thing shocking about President Obama’s announcement is the his honesty. Let’s hope this president doesn’t decide to put our country on the line in a prizefight or a poker game. He telegraphs his punches and bluffs with all the subtleness of a charging rhinoceros. His avid support for the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and his refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act drained all of the history out of his “historic” announcement.
In an obvious tip-of-the-hat to the rainbow as a symbol of the LGBT community Newsweek saw fit to grace Obama’s head with a rainbow halo. How ironic both the LGBT community and Newsweek would both choose a symbol that harkens back to the ultimate example of God’s judgment.