Although he has grown Washington more than any president in a generation, Barack Obama is talking like a Jeffersonian states rights champion — in the one night, in the one state, on the one issue that would promote his top-down rejection of traditional morality. As Barack Obama attends a sold out, $1,250-per-plate campaign fundraiser before a large homosexual group in New York (the “Gala with the Gay Community”) this evening, the state legislature in Albany seems poised to pass a bill approving same-sex marriage. Some speculate Obama will endorse marriage destruction. But Obama’s handlers are rolling out a new and, for him, novel tactic: wrapping himself in states rights. An unnamed White House official told The Huffington Post, “Although the president believes that this is an issue best addressed by the states, he also firmly believes that committed gay and lesbian couples should receive equal protection under the law.” (Emphasis added.)
(Update: Here’s video of the speech. Obama has done precisely as I reported. Story continues following the video.)
At last, Barack Obama has discovered states rights, which constitutes a significant act of rhetorical hypocrisy even by his standards. Obama’s left-wing allies have equated a belief in the Founders’ view of government with “racism” and derided those who believe in states’ rights as “Tenthers.”
The Obama administration is suing Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood, since that state prohibited tax dollars from funding abortion providers. The showdown could cost the state $4.3 billion. Obama not only sued but hauled the state of Arizona before the UN Human Rights Council over its immigration law. He sent 400 federal agents to harass poll watchers enforcing state election laws during the 2010 midterms. (It didn’t help, much.) His National Labor Relations Board is suing (see a trend?) Boeing, because it planned to build one plant in South Carolina, a state that has chosen to adopt “Right to Work” laws. ObamaCare marks his largest legislative trampling of states rights. Now that Republicans control the House, Obama is increasingly ruling by executive fiat.
But allow a blue state to consider redefining the fundamental building block of society, and suddenly Barack Obama is the Lester Maddox of gay marriage. (Both constituencies have significant experience bicycling backwards.)
The move is a down payment on the debt Obama owes this voting bloc. The LGBT lobby has been a pillar of his re-election fundraising. As 2012 draws closer, Obama has hinted his views on same-sex marriage will “evolve.” White House spokesman Jay Carney followed this line when pressed for clarification on Monday. Obama “was very clear in the campaign,” when he claimed to oppose it, Carney said. “He’s very clear about the fact that his position is evolving.”
For those who are confused, Obama’s position on same-sex marriage is simple: He favors it. The New York Times has an outstanding piece on the hypocrisy and political opportunism Obama has employed while presenting his shifting positions on the issue throughout his career. On a 1996 questionnaire, Obama wrote, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” His communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, told the Netroots Nation last Friday someone else filled out the questionnaire. However, former aide Kevin Thompson has confided that, based on his discussions with the candidate just a few years ago, “I don’t think Barack Obama has any issue with two people of the same gender getting married. ” Rep. Barney Frank admitted, “My own view is that I look at President Obama’s record, he was probably inclined to think that same-sex marriage was legitimate, but as a candidate for president in 2008 that would have been an unwise thing to say.”