The honeymoon, it seems, is over. In an article in Salon.com, John Aravosis points out that the gay community feels betrayed from the Obama administration. He writes:
During the presidential primaries, then-candidate Obama promoted himself as the biggest defender of gay rights since Harvey Milk. He would be a "fierce advocate" for our rights, he promised, and he even out-gayed Hillary Clinton: telling gay and lesbian voters that while she was for a partial repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), he'd get rid of the whole . . . thing.
On taking office, Obama immediately announced that he was doing away with the
Clinton-era concept of special assistants who served as liaisons to various
communities like gays and Latinos. He then went ahead and appointed special
liaisons to some of those communities anyway, but never to the gays. Around the
same time, the White House Web site, once detailing half a page of presidential
promises to the gay community, overnight saw those pledges shortened to three
simple sentences. Gone were five of the eight previous commitments, including
the promises to repeal both Don't Ask Don't Tell and DOMA. Adding to a growing
sense of angst, senior White House officials kept telling the media that they
weren't sure when, if ever, the president would follow through on his promises
to the gay community. Then there were the Cabinet appointees. Three Latino
nominees but nary a gay in sight. And finally, last week our president had his
Department of Justice file a brief in defense of DOMA, a law he had once called
"abhorrent." In that brief, filed on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court
ruling in Loving v. Virginia (which outlawed bans on interracial marriage), our
own interracial Harvey Milk, not lacking a sense of historical irony, compared
our love to incest and pedophilia.
What can the president do to avoid outright rupture with the gay community?
He needs to start fulfilling his campaign promises -- even one would be a nice
start. He needs to stop the discharges, and stop the Falwellian legal briefs in
support of a policy he opposes. He needs to push -- really push -- for
legislation banning job discrimination, repealing DOMA, and lifting Don't Ask
Many of us were willing to cut our new president some slack. Not
Every worldview, people group, movement, etc. seem to fall for this trap (including Christians). They put all of their trust into a candidate or a political party. Once they succeed in getting "their man/woman" into power, they oftentimes feel as if they are being ignored by that candidate or party. And so, they then chase after the next candidate.
Their is a valuable lesson to learn here: politicians are politicians, not saviors. Politicians will say nice things and play to the crowd if they think that they will elect him. Obama played to the gay community and far left because he knew he needed them to get elected. But once power has been given to the politician, the campaign is over, playing nice is over, now reality hits. And reality says, "in a few years, I will have to run again." And so, for the rest of the term, they do the things, i.e., play politics, that they think will get them re-elected.
Obama knows that he can do little else for the gay community. Why? Because he's not the President of the United Democrats of America. He's the President of the United States of America. He knows that if he wants to get re-elected, there are some controversial issues that he might want to play his cards right and save for the "right time." He is busy trying to save the economy, not grant rights for homosexuals. Obama is quickly realizing that Americans are becoming frustrated with the lack of progress in the economy and he is quickly running out of chips to start promoting his homosexual agenda. I do not believe that Obama wasn't sincere during the campaign regarding the gay community, but he is quickly realizing that it is much easier to be the candidate than to be President.
This is a lesson that we all need to learn. We must be careful not to put all of our trust into a politician or a political party because in the end, politics trumps promises to the politician. Politics is thicker than promises.
Salon: President Obama betrays the gay community
The (In)Tolerance of the Homosexual Movement: A Response
Where Does The Madness End? The Dire Destination Of The Homosexual Agenda - Part 1
Where Does The Madness End? Where the Homosexual Agenda Leads - Part 2
Colson: Same-Sex 'Marriage' Today...Polygamy Tomorrow
D'Souza: The Equal Protection Hoax