Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yesterday, President Obama made his support for gay marriage official. He said he has "evolved." Yeah, okay. I was not surprised at this flip-flop. I never believed him when he said he believed that marriage was the sacred institution between a man and a woman. The consummate politician who will tell people what he thinks they want to hear, he was just saying what he had to say. Now, he has said something else, despite his prior assertion that "as a Christian" he did not support same-sex marriage. It was only a matter of time, I knew, before he changed his position. Well, time expired yesterday, apparently.
Today, Bristol Palin blogged about the issue. She called it "Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama"
She points out one thing that is so common sense, it's as plain as the nose on anyone's face. President Obama allowed his young daughters' opinions to help shape his, he said--the opinion, remember, that supposedly had to do with his faith. However, doesn't it stand to reason that President Obama would, as the parent, hope to shape his children's opinions, rather than having his opinion shaped by theirs? After all, he is the adult, right?
Is anyone really surprised by the fact that President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage? What was most surprising is when he explained how his position (supposedly) “evolved,” by talking to his wife and daughters:
So are all those reporters who feared excessive family intervention in the White House all up in arms over the President’s announcement yesterday? Um. Not quite.
Liberals everywhere are applauding him for his bravery and his wisdom.
So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?
While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.
Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.