Obama Uses This Telling Word More Than Any Other President





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It is obvious by listening to almost any speech by Barack Obama that he is obsessed with himself. Frequent mentions of “I” and “me” pepper each address, perpetuating the common belief that he is ruling more as a dictator than as an elected public servant.

While his egocentrism is abundantly evident, there is another word that has found its way into Obama’s vocabulary more times than any other president in recorded history. For a man Newsweek magazine called America’s “first gay president,” it might not be surprising to learn he has used the word ‘gay’ with greater frequency in five years than any other president – even those who served two full terms.

According to a study by the Human Rights Campaign, Obama has used the word publicly at least 272 times. Furthermore, he has mentioned sexually descriptive adjectives such as ‘transgender,’ ‘bisexual,’ and ‘lesbian’ another 149 times.

His administration has ushered in radical changes in the definition of marriage, due in large part to his incessant demands for gay rights. In addition to Washington, D.C. 17 states now recognize same-sex marriage, a policy Obama only began publicly supporting in 2012 when he apparently saw the shift as politically expedient.

Obama’s frequent use of the word ‘gay’ stands in stark contrast to its usage by recent Republican presidents. George W. Bush used the term a total of two times during his eight years in office, while his father, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan never found the need to shoehorn it into any public address.

The wide variation between the two parties illustrates the left’s overwhelming desire to separate the nation into groups, with racial and sexual minorities receiving the brunt of its support. Still, even compared to Bill Clinton, Obama’s use of the term is exceptionally high.

Clinton used the word ‘gay’ just 216 times during both of his terms, 56 less times than Obama has in just five years.

The Human Rights Campaign celebrated Obama’s activism, declaring “he has inarguably contributed to the political mainstreaming of marriage equality and the general trend toward LGBT acceptance within American society.”

Unfortunately for the millions of social conservatives in America, though, he has done so by repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and generally imposing his will through use of the bully pulpit. While individual states should certainly be permitted to change laws as their citizens see fit, Obama and his ilk will not rest until the entire nation is governed by the politically correct ideology they endorse.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Is Prodigal GOP Inching Home?





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I’m a Bible-believing Christian first, a conservative second, and, sometimes with rapidly dwindling frequency, a Republican third (but only when the Grand Old Party is behaving itself).

Although the GOP’s RINO establishment still controls its legislative reins, I’m mildly encouraged by some recent developments at the Republican National Committee (RNC) level. It seems that under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus, the party is moving – at least to some degree – back toward its historical conservative platform moorings.

It’s a popular refrain among “moderate” Republicans and libertine libertarians that the GOP “must give up the fight on ‘social issues’” (i.e. gun rights, religious freedom, protecting life, and defending legitimate marriage and the natural family).

If the GOP follows through and abandons these transcendent conservative values, it’s done once and for all. The Republican Party had better run, not walk, back toward these conservative platform principles; otherwise, Democrats will rule in perpetuity. The “progressive” juggernaut will finish off an America it has already maimed beyond recognition.

As I’ve noted before, Ronald Reagan often spoke of a “three-legged stool” that undergirds what I call “complete conservatism.” The legs symbolize a strong national defense, strong free-market principles, and strong traditional social values. For the stool to remain upright, it must be supported by all three legs. If you snap off even one leg, the stool collapses under its own weight.

A Republican, for instance, who is conservative on social and national defense issues but liberal on fiscal issues is not a complete conservative. He is a quasi-conservative socialist.

A Republican who is conservative on fiscal and social issues but liberal on national defense issues is not a complete conservative. He is a quasi-conservative dove.

By the same token, a Republican who is conservative on fiscal and national defense issues but liberal on social issue – such as abortion, homosexual activism, or the Second Amendment – is not a complete conservative. He is a socio-liberal libertarian.

Karl Rove represents the embodiment of this kind of mushy moderate false pragmatism – a Democrat-lite mindset embraced by the GOP’s socio-liberal establishment. If you run into Karl and his ilk, don’t forget to thank them for President Dole, President McCain, and President Romney.

Indeed, if the Republican Party ever hopes to occupy the Oval Office again, it’s going to have to nominate a complete conservative and adopt a legislative agenda that reflects the values shared by the tens-of-millions who make up the GOP’s complete conservative base. I don’t mean by simply paying empty lip service either. I mean through unwavering legislative practice.

As Mitt Romney might tell you, if the base ain’t fired up, the base ain’t going to the polls.

In 2012, the GOP approved a platform that, at least in writing, re-established a firm position on – as they say – “guns, ‘gays,’ and abortion.” It’s now time for the Republican Party to stand firm atop that platform. As a complete conservative who shudders at the thought of a President Hillary “Benghazi” Clinton, I’m cautiously optimistic that some in leadership are beginning to scale the platform once more. The RNC, under Priebus, has recently taken steps that seem to indicate the message of the GOP’s majority base is finally getting through.

For example, the Washington Times recently reported: “In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the (Jan. 22) March for Life on the Mall. …”

“‘I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life,’ Mr. Priebus said in an email to the Times. ‘This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles,’” he said.

Moreover, this past Thursday was National Religious Freedom Day. In recent years, we’ve seen religious freedom under attack at unprecedented levels through things like the HHS abortion mandate, so-called “gay marriage,” and “sexual orientation” laws that target religious business owners. The RNC released the following statement indicating that the GOP intends to defend religious freedom:

“Today we celebrate National Religious Freedom Day and honor the vision of our founders, who ensured every American would have the right to ‘the free exercise’ of his or her faith. As a party, Republicans are committed to preserving and defending the protections enshrined in the First Amendment so that future generations will always enjoy religious freedom in America.”

This move back toward the GOP’s conservative platform has made some socio-liberal Republicans unhappy. In fact, it recently drove homosexual RINO Jimmy LaSalvia, the founder of GOProud (a tiny “gay activist” outfit), to announce that he was defecting from the party.

LaSalvia told Time magazine that “he could no longer take his own party’s refusal to stand up to bigotry: he was leaving the Republican Party and had registered as an Independent.”

By refusing to “stand up to bigotry,” of course, LaSalvia, like all “gay” activists, means that he can no longer abide the Republican platform’s support for religious freedom and pro-family values.

LaSalvia’s frustration and defection bode well for the Republican Party in general. It means that the GOP is moving slowly – ever so slowly – back toward its conservative roots. This is good news indeed. The more conservative this prodigal GOP becomes; the more successful it will be going forward.

Keep it up, Mr. Priebus; and in November, your base just might grill up the fatted calf.

 

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war.

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Gay Priest Leads Houston Mayor’s Lesbian Wedding





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Many leftists – and some on the right – allege that social conservatives expend too much energy on wedge issues such as same-sex marriage. While there is certainly no shortage of other pressing matters in today’s America, however, it is obvious that a shift in the definition of marriage is ushering in deep changes to our culture.

Just days after Democrat N.Y. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced his engagement to his boyfriend, the lesbian mayor of Houston headed to the West Coast to wed her longtime partner.

Considering the disparate laws regarding same-sex marriage among the states, homosexual couples in conservative regions often cross state lines to take advantage of the more accommodating laws in blue states. While the 10th Amendment gives individual states the right to govern as they see fit, many of these couples return to their home state to demand recognition of their union.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker left Texas this week with her partner, Kathy Hubbard, and headed for Palm Springs, where an openly gay Episcopal priest from San Francisco officiated their “wedding.”

Parker, whose 2009 election win made Houston the largest American city with a homosexual executive, expressed her joy over the recent nuptials.

“This is a very happy day for us,” she said, indicating that the couple has “had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other.”

She is now tasked with leading the largest city in a state that does not recognize the union into which she and her partner have just entered.

With more and more prominent homosexuals, especially in elected office, using their position to flaunt their sexual proclivity, it becomes obvious that marriage in America is forever changed. While most social conservatives are willing to accept their lifestyle, albeit sometimes grudgingly, many on the left continue to demand full acceptance of a choice many consider a sinful abomination of God’s law.

B. Christopher Agee

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Gay N.Y. Rep. To ‘Marry’ Partner





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New York has long been ahead of the curve regarding America’s protracted leftward shift.

Outrageously high taxes are forcing more and more residents to seek shelter in more affordable – and conservative – states such as Texas and Florida. After years of absurd bans and restrictions under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City voters doubled down and elected a man with socialist ties, Bill De Blasio, to replace him.

The left also continues to win the culture war in the Empire State. In 2011, New York became one of the first U.S. states to legalize same-sex marriage; and, according to recent reports, one of the state’s congressmen and his longtime partner will soon take advantage of that law.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced that he and his partner, Randy Florke, were recently engaged after more than two decades together. He is one of six gay or bisexual representatives currently serving in the House.

When the nuptials take place, Maloney will be just the second openly homosexual congressman to marry while still serving in that capacity. The first, Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, was wed to James Ready in 2012, almost a quarter-century after he solicited a gay prostitute who ultimately turned his apartment into a homosexual escort service.

Maloney said he looks forward to the opportunity to raise three adopted children with his legal spouse.

“After 21 years together,” he explained, “we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family.”

He said the wedding will be a major milestone in a crusade he has waged since he was a young man.

“For decades,” he explained, “we’ve fought to ensure that all the families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future.”

For millions of Americans, though, the wedding marks yet another step away from the moral foundation on which our society was built. God ordained marriage as the union between one man and one woman and, despite any blasphemous laws passed by our leaders, a large portion of this nation will continue to fight for the sanctity of that bond.

Among those who seek to uproot the traditional family structure, this is a step toward a politically correct nirvana.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Supreme Court Saves Marriage In Utah…For Now





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The Supreme Court intervened Monday in an ongoing battle between Mormons and gay activists in Utah.

In the weeks since a recent U.S. District Court judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the state has pushed to fight the decision. With about two in three Utahans belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this debate has been largely influenced by the faith’s values.

Nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have been married since the Dec. 20 ruling. Monday’s decision, however, will temporarily halt any pending homosexual nuptials.

The ruling resulted from an emergency appeal filed by the state with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who in turn sought the opinion of the entire court. Instead of issuing a decision, the high court handed down an order to curtail any further gay marriages until the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colo. is able to hear the case.

Despite moving to prohibit such unions through a state constitutional amendment nearly 10 years ago, leftists continue to demand the socially conservative state be forced to recognize and condone the perversion of traditional marriage. These activists will state their case alongside same-sex marriage opponents in the appeals process.

Though the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees states the right to decide for themselves how to handle countless issues, today’s political left wants to see a homogenous America that reflects only their ideology. It is not enough that a large number of states are voluntarily moving to recognize gay marriage; these activists want to force the remaining states to join them.

This is not only a bastardization of our founding principles; it is an affront to religious adherents who want to keep Utah’s distinctly conservative influence.

While America’s high court is allowing for a potential reversal of the circuit court ruling, there is little indication an appeals court will uphold Utah’s ban. As is the norm among leftists, those who cannot be persuaded to follow their lead will be forced to do so through legislative and judicial action.

–B. Christopher Agee

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