Obama’s DOMA Betrayal is not a “Distraction”

One of the sad ironies of American politics is that Republicans occasionally prove that Democrats are not the only party that can be rigidly disciplined in spreading a mind-bendingly stupid message. It seems that after Barack Obama announced his administration will simply ignore its constitutional duty to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the talking points went out. Suddenly, a host of self-appointed “conservative” talking heads on cable television and talk radio programs had an answer for why Obama embarked on his program of constitutional negligence now. It’s a “distraction,” they said in unison. According to even many “social conservatives,” up to and including William Bennett on his radio program this morning, Obama rolled out this new policy to distract Americans from the fact that he has not done anything to stop the murder of demonstrators in Libya. Various conservatives have advocated everything from harsher rhetoric to saturation bombing.

The American people, they insist, are pining for a third war in the heart of the Muslim world, and surely nothing would enhance America’s security more. Since Obama has not delivered, he made this announcement to cover his tracks. Others claimed he needed to change the focus from the national debt, so he dropped the DOMA Distraction. Either way, the Beltway blatherers tell us, this is merely “politics” to get the people talking about his plan to reinvent marriage, rather than important messages.

Occasionally, listening to Republicans, I wonder if they truly are this stupid.

Why would Obama want to divert the American people’s attention away from a bloodbath they seem not to be terribly invested in and focus it on his implementing a radical policy that the majority of Americans oppose?

The talking heads have it backwards. The riots at home and abroad, and the debate over whether to cut a tiny slither of the federal budget or a slightly larger tiny slither, are the distraction. Redefining society en toto is Obama’s bread and butter.

Barack Obama has long signaled that, despite his campaign rhetoric for the bitter clingers in flyover country, he really wants to make same-sex marriage a reality in the United States. His Department of Housing and Urban Development recently issued a federal regulation that literally redefined the family to include gays, lesbians, and “transgender” Americans. Now that Americans are caught up in a union-led, Soros-funded civil war, Obama feels free to default on his constitutional duty and restructure the American family.

Thankfully, a few news stories have proven some consistent conservatives have not taken the bait. Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, two rising conservative stars, have spoken out. At the grassroots level the more perceptive speakers include Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America (which is the nation’s largest women’s public policy group, to NOW’s consternation), Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Jim Campbell of the Alliance Defense Fund, Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, and members of the American Principles Project.

Sadly, the GOP’s anointed spokespeople seem to have no interest in preserving the most foundational building block of Western civilization or no clue about the true intentions and methods of their target.