After decades of “evolution,” President Barack Obama finally came out of the closet yesterday and admitted that he is in favor of same sex marriage. Like the anti-gay caterpillar in his anti-gay cocoon for decades, he finally transformed into a beautiful gay-marriage supporting butterfly on ABC news for all the world (particularly his Super PAC donors) to see. Fine. We won’t even talk about how it’s called “evolution” when he switches long held positions and a “flip-flop” when when Mitt Romney does the same thing. In fact, I won’t even pass a value judgment on his new found stance.
What I would like to do, however, is to note the campaign ad that came out less than 24 hours later accusing Mitt Romney of being “backwards” on gay marriage, as if Barack Obama has been some gay crusader for the better part of his political career.
So was Barack Obama “backwards” last week? Was he “backwards” for all those years when he couldn’t give an answer on gay marriage, but instead did his professorial parsing and deconstruction of the topic until people left him alone? If the union between a man and a woman — one geared towards procreation — is something that society deems special enough to have its own institution, then the subject immediately becomes a bit more nuanced than “backwards” and “forwards.”
For a guy who gave George Bush a hard time over the “for us or against us” mentality, it’s rather interesting that he would give us “backwards” and “forwards” as the only two options, especially since he’s spent most of his adult life trying to convince the world he lives in the space between.
It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight: The economy stinks. And instead of dealing with the $16 trillion dollars of debt we’ve found ourselves in, we have a president who wants us talking about gay marriage. He thinks you’re so dumb that you won’t understand what he’s doing. A few months ago he was calling Georgetown law students to talk about contraceptives. Then he wanted you focused on Warren Buffett’s secretary. Now, it’s gay marriage. Oddly enough, the federal budget, unemployment and entitlement reform keeps getting pushed aside for things like … “slow jamming” student loan news with Jimmy Fallon.
If you can’t see what’s going on it probably means that you’re in your own cocoon. I suggest breaking out and flying away as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.