“Opportunism is for those who have never been able or willing to plan ahead. It is a devil on our shoulder, asking us to choose the easy way, rather than risk the scars of the difficult path.” – Anonymous
Opportunism is an interesting creature. On one hand, having some qualities of an opportunist can make one quite successful. On the other hand, a career opportunist often loses the respect of his colleagues, only to gain their disdain. There’s a fine balance between seizing opportunity, and being an “opportunist.” I think it’s been quite well established that our current Commander in Chief is a cultural wave rider.
Barack Obama is—next to Slick Willy—the most opportunistic president I have ever known. He is made of the shifting sands that go out with the tide. We’ve seen his nature rear its ugly head numerous times, most notably with his promise to close Gitmo within his first term. Of course, once elected, he suddenly forgot his promise.
Now, the Cheater in Chief has seized opportunity once again with the reversal of DOMA. Prior to the last year or so, Obama stood pretty firmly in the “one man, one woman” camp, in terms of marriage.
In a 2008 interview for MTV, he said this: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”
Until very recently, Democrats have taken the position that marriage is between a man and a woman. President Clinton even signed DOMA into law. This is because many of their constituents were against gay marriage; most notably the black community. However, over the course of the last 15 years, the gay marriage movement has gained extraordinary momentum, prompting most Democrats to shift their stance.
Democrats will say that it was through much thought, deliberation, and soul searching that they came to the conclusion to change their stance on marriage; but the truth is quite the opposite. They have done no soul searching; and they have not struggled. They have deliberated; but the deliberation had nothing to do with gay marriage, but rather over how to keep their poll numbers from sliding.
Now, with the reversal of DOMA, Grand, Exulted Democrat Obama has suddenly become the number one champion of gay rights. In a statement released yesterday, the President said: “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.”
But with his grand–and strangely sudden–support of gay marriage, Obama has a new problem. How can he keep his religious constituents from deserting him? Well, Obama has a plan! Yesterday, the President tried to calm the nerves of the faithful by announcing that churches would not be forced to perform wedding ceremonies that go against their values.
“On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital…How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision — which applies only to civil marriages — changes that.”
Good job, Barack! You covered you bases! You satisfied the gay community–for the time being, AND calmed your religious followers. What a nuanced and brilliant man you are! Oh wait–what’s that about you consistently breaking promises, attacking religious institutions, and stomping on Second Amendment rights? Oh yeah, you’re an opportunist. Womp womp.
The truth is that Barack Obama will do whatever is necessary to keep his poll numbers from sliding even further. As I mentioned yesterday, he is an image, not a real person. He wants to be remembered in ivory; the first deity of the United States. The only problem is that he can’t keep everyone happy.
Every opportunist eventually runs out of opportunities; and the lies that once lifted Obama up will surely become the lead weight under which he will be crushed. Obama is riding the wave of cultural change to victory. Unfortunately for him, the wave eventually dies out when it hits the shore, and a new wave must be caught. What will that new wave be? Forcing churches to perform wedding ceremonies they believe to be immoral?
I wonder just how long he will allow churches to hold fast to their values before he has yet another sudden shift of conscience. Maybe when his approval slides to 40%?