Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Style over substance

That pretty much typifies the Obama administration. Style over substance. All hat and no cattle. All sizzle and no steak. Nothing demonstrates that more than today's "momentous" bill signing:

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation, a milestone that activists compared to the passage of 1960s civil-rights legislation empowering blacks.

The new law adds acts of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the list of federal hate crimes. Gay-rights activists voiced hope that the Obama administration would advance more issues, including legislation to bar workplace discrimination, allow military service and recognize same-sex marriages.

Congress passed the hate crimes protections as an unlikely amendment to this year's Defense Authorization Act. Obama, speaking at an emotional evening reception with supporters of the legislation, said that more than 12,000 hate crimes had been reported the past decade based on sexual orientation.

Ironic that the man who can't make a decision on Afghanistan finds it appropriate to add a pandering, completely unrelated piece of political payback in a Defense Authorization Act. It certainly helps our troops in Afghanistan to add a "hate crimes" amendment to the Defense bill. Maybe they can hold up a rainbow flag to turn back the Taliban.

The amendment signed into law Wednesday was named partly for Matthew Shepard , a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay, and whose parents were instrumental in leading the fight for such legislation. The law also was named for James Byrd Jr. , a black Texas man dragged to his death in a racially motivated killing the same year.

In one fell swoop, President Obama has by the stroke of his pen made committing a crime a criminal offense! See last time I checked it was against the law to beat someone to death or drag them to death behind a pick-up truck. So today it is against the law to kill a gay person out of hatred. Yesterday if you killed a gay person it was....well, it was against the law. So good to know that basically nothing has changed but Obama gets to grandstand, "gay rights" activist get some political payback and liberals everywhere get to ooh and aah over what a swell, progressive guy our President is.

This has nothing to do with hate crimes. It has a lot to do with mainstreaming homosexual behavior and causing a chilling effect on those who speak out against this behavior or oppose homosexual marriage.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan...
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