Thursday, February 24, 2011

Obama's Magical Misdirection Tour

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The big story today is about the Obama administration's turn about on defending the Defense of Marriage Act. In my opinion, this is little more than misdirection.

In a week where Obama's strongest union allies have not only been exposed as busting the budgets through outrageous salaries and benefits, but also their ugly intransigence over the prospect of having to share even the merest fraction of the suffering of the taxpayers who support them, has not put liberals in a good light. Add to this the continuing debacle of Obama's foreign policy (or lack thereof), in being AWOL on Libya, the murder of American citizens on the high seas, (two years after Obama became keenly aware of the problem), the rising cost of energy, high levels of unemployment, and what do you have from the White House to show the smallest modicum of leadership?

Ooh! Look over there! Gay marriage!


Regardless of what Obama does or does not think about the merits or Constitutionality of either gay marriage or the DOMA, with all the things on his plate, on what planet does opening up a new can of worms show leadership? I think that this is nothing more than a smoke screen to stir up the social conservatives with an issue they feel more strongly about than some of the others*.

The Supreme Court can determine the Constitutionality of DOMA. The Leader of the Free World needs to exhibit some leadership. Sooner, rather than later.

*Update: It is also a sop to certain segments of his own base, which I gather are none too pleased with the overall performance of Team Obama to date, either.

Cross posted at Say Anything, Left Coast Rebel

6 comments:

  1. I agree, this is pure distraction from his failure as a leader. He failed in Egypt,then Libya, now in Wisconsin.

    Instead of leading he has played golf and hob nobbed with celebs.

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  2. Yeah. Let's hope this doesn't distract from his golf game!

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  3. This also sets more precedent for enforcing what laws he chooses to enforce, or not. Interjecting the presidency where he has no authority.

    SOP for his regime.

    Let's see, do we want to enforce illegal immigration laws? Nah, leave those alone. They don't fit the agenda.

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  4. Quit sugarcoating it. Queers don't deserve rights and if marriage is going to mean anything, it can only be between a man and a woman. Thats how it's been for years and years and its worked well that way.

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  5. TnLL: Gay marriage is not the point. The point is how he's using it to deflect and distract from all the other failures of his administration.

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  6. "Interjecting the presidency where he has no authority."

    Exactly. He could lobby to change the law, if he thought it was bad, or have his attorney General challenge it in court. To simply pick and choose which laws he chooses to enforce borders on anarchy.

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