"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Where Were You on D-Day, Daddy?

I don't have strong feelings against gay marriage.   To me, gay marriage as an issue is a distraction from the real issues of the day -- the size and scope of government, governmental debt, taxes that are too high, regulations that are too intrusive; the threats of resurgent Russia, the economic competition from a growing China, the dangers of a nuclear Iran and a nuclear Pakistan; the decadence of American and Western culture.   At worst, it's a symptom of the decay of the family and marriage, not a cause.

That being said, it is highly suggestive to me that on June 6th, a date that probably ought to be a holiday in America, and in any event ought to be celebrated by our Presidents, here is what President Obama was doing:

 At a gay rights dinner last year in New York City, when President Obama listed gay-friendly policies he had enacted, hecklers shouted, "Marriage!"

At a similar event Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, nearly a month after the president embraced gay marriage, there was no heckling. Instead, 600 supporters at the LGBT Leadership Council event rose to their feet as one, chanting, "Four more years!"

L.A.'s gay community turned out in force to celebrate the man who has been dubbed the nation's "first gay president."

The event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was part of a two-day fundraising swing through California and Nevada during which Obama was expected to raise more than $15 million for his reelection effort. He started the day in San Francisco and ended with a $25,000-per-person dinner for 70 at the Beverly Hills home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy.

As far as I can tell, there were no Presidential events yesterday honoring the heroes of D-Day.  


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