Hillary Clinton likes to pretend that she doesn’t shift positions with the prevailing winds of opinion, but it’s just not true. On almost every important political or cultural issue of the last 30 years, Hillary Clinton has shifted, bent, contorted and completely reversed her own previous opinions. While we should not be surprised when someone changes a few of their opinions over the years, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in America who has changed their minds as often as Clinton (Charlie Crist comes to mind… but that’s about it).
Hillary Clinton’s most egregious course correction also happens to be her most “bizarre” attempt at rewriting history. The position of Clinton and other Democrat leaders on the issues involving homosexuals (particularly “gay marriage”) has changed dramatically over the last two decades. Now the Democrat Party is doing its best to pretend that they’ve always tried to protect gay marriage against the conservatives. Fortunately, there are those who remember what was actually happening and they are speaking up and calling Hillary out for her lies.
Clinton’s insistence that she is not a politician who holds positions that are shrewdly calculated on political expedience rather than ideology or philosophy has put her in a place where she has to justify the passage and her previous support for DOMA. And, of course, Clinton has done so in a way that is shrewdly calculated, but is also remarkably obvious to people who remember the 1990s. She is insisting, in defiance of all evidence, that the passage of DOMA was to protect gay people from something even worse. In a recent interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, Clinton insisted that DOMA was an effort to protect gay people from a possible federal constitutional amendment that would have banned recognition of same-sex marriage permanently and would have been immune to Supreme Court intervention. She tells Maddow:
“On Defense of Marriage, I think what my husband believed – and there was certainly evidence to support it – is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that. And there wasn’t any rational argument – because I was in on some of those discussions, on both ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and on DOMA, where both the president, his advisers and occasionally I would – you know, chime in and talk about, ‘you can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.’ But they were. And so, in a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further.”
But it’s just not true, and over the weekend, several prominent gay activists who were around at the time have been tweeting about what nonsense this attempt to revise history is. To show how cynical this effort is, this position by the Clintons that DOMA was about protecting gay people from something even worse goes all the way back to 2013, all of two years ago, which was the same year that the Supreme Court struck down the part of DOMA that prohibited the federal government from recognizing state-approved same-sex marriages. Looks like the Clintons jumped on the last train to be on the “right side of history.”