I’ve started something of an experiment that I’ve had going on for a few months now. See, I regularly check a lot of conservative blogs and news sources — Drudge, Right-Thinking, Right-Thoughts (back when it actually updated), RedState (of course), Fox, New York Post, et cetera — so I’m more or less inundated with right-leaning news reports and blog posts every single day. This was all good and well for a little while, but I eventually decided that I might as well try checking out at least a couple of liberal sources, so that if nothing else I’d be able to truthfully wear a badge of objectivity.
So I bookmarked Daily Kos and The Huffington Post, and I’ve started listening to NPR instead of talk radio (except Michael Medved; I refuse to stop listening to him). Since beginning the experiment I have admittedly stopped checking Daily Kos, because I can’t make it through a single blog post of theirs without being able to literally feel my blood pressure rising, but I’ve been listening to NPR whenever I drive (which isn’t that bad, really, as long as they stick to news) and reading Huffington every time I check Drudge — which is how I ran across this gem of a cover story.
I didn’t read most of the story — or at least, I haven’t yet — because I was far too busy skimming it, looking for a quote I saw below the big front-page picture of President Obama giving his speech (which can be found near the bottom of the article):
“Racism, he said, is felt ‘by African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion for simply kneeling down to pray. By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.'” [Emphasis mine.]
Denied their rights, eh? By who, exactly, Mr. President?
Oh, that’s right: by you. You’re the one, after all, who promised so much and has delivered on none of it as far as gay rights is concerned. You’re the one who flipped on don’t-ask-don’t-tell, forcing your “gay brothers and sisters” to hide their sexual orientation. You’re the one (how is it that liberals can ignore this?) who has been against gay marriage since before you were elected.
I really hope the LGBT community picks up on this in particular. I mean, c’mon — I’m a conservative and this makes me mad. Not so much this specific instance of President Obama’s penchant for saying one thing and doing another; more the fact that he pulls stunts like this all the time and no one ever does anything about it. This is a blatant instance of hypocrisy and The Huffington Post (among other news sources) continues to worship the very ground he walks on, quoting him as though he were truly fighting for gay rights instead of sweeping the gay community under the rug, along with everything else he finds inconvenient.
I can only hope that, some day, the president will lay down the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Then maybe everything that’s been swept under the rug will come out a’swinging.