Biologists will tell you that evolution is never complete, and that it has no necessary direction; it is neither good nor bad, just something that happens. The president is supposedly done evolving on the issue of homosexual marriage, and it only took him 16 years—his entire career.
He began by supporting it in 1996, opposed it from 2000 to 2012, and now supports it again. He has thus gone in a circle. Around and around he goes; where he stops, nobody knows.
?This issue more than any other—and there are plenty of others—demonstrates that Obama is just another politician, something everybody over the age of 30 knew in 2008. The surprising thing is that, despite his meteoric ascent in American politics from a primary loss to Bobby Rush in 2000 to President of the United States in 2008, he’s not a very good one.
What are the pragmatic consequences of this decision? None of them are good.
The Obama campaign has now completely surrendered one of its greatest advantages—the ability to accuse Mitt Romney of flip-flopping, a tactic which may have single handedly sunk John Kerry’s chances of being president in 2004.
Moreover, the president, in his wisdom, waited until after losing a decisive vote in North Carolina, swing-state and home to this year’s Democratic National Convention, on this very issue. The vote, unlike Mr. Obama’s primary victory in the same state, in which 20% of Democratic voters voted for no one, was overwhelming. Is this reverse psychology? Reverse pandering? Are these guys geniuses or idiots?
His leftist base has clamored for his approval of gay marriage, and perhaps he thinks he can rally their enthusiasm after 2 years of disappointments. But how big of a voting bloc is the LGBT community? Kinsey puts it at 10% of the population—surely this 10% gain will be offset in losses at voters he is offending by this decision.
Why would they be offended? Because the president has taken by far the most radical position in this debate (that is, until the liberals start clamoring for an individual mandate for homosexual marriage, probably sometime next year), and, by implication, called a majority of U.S. states bigoted.
To take Obama’s new, more highly evolved position, is to claim to know better than every society in history—but that’s not enough for Obama. As Dr. Johnson famously said, “sir, if you will not take the universal opinion of mankind, I have nothing to say. If mankind cannot defend their own way of thinking, I cannot defend it.”