For the American hoi polloi to be Constitutionally illiterate is one thing – for the president of the United States and the Justice Department, quite another.
Nevertheless, Solicitor General Donald Verilli, with the full knowledge and blessing of Barack Obama has filed an amicus brief in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, litigation which challenges California’s Proposition 8, the mandate preserving traditional marriage, based on a gross misreading (to put it charitably) of the U.S. Constitution.
Although the brief does not specifically urge a “blanket right to same sex marriage,” it takes issue, speciously, with “the lack of equal protection under Proposition 8,” a reference to the so-called equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Setting aside the colossal, almost comical invocation of the Constitution by liberals, (something they do only when they think it might serve their purpose) the problem is that marriage is never addressed by the 14th Amendment or anywhere else whatsoever in the Federal Constitution.
In defiance or perhaps ignorance of the facts, the text of Verilli’s captious brief is exposed when he contends:
“…that granting civil unions but not full marriage rights to gay couples violated the 14th Amendment. ‘The designation of marriage,’ he wrote, ‘confers a special validation of the relationship between two individuals and conveys a message to society that domestic partnerships or civil unions cannot match.’”
Mr. Obama himself unveiled the truth that the issue is one of emotion and not Constitutionality when he added:
“The basic principle is: let’s treat everybody fairly. Let’s treat everybody equal. And I think that the brief that’s been presented accurately reflects our position.”
To those who have bothered to notice, Barack Obama has systemically begun to criminalize speech that defends traditional moral values. For instance the odious “hate crimes” legislation he and the Senate piggy-backed onto a military funding bill and passed in 2009 does nothing more than outlaw religious thought and expression.
The goal, so it would appear, is to “treat everybody fairly and equal” as long as they agree with the secular progressive aims of the president and his political contemporaries.
It is interesting to note that while Obama implicitly denounces inequality and unfairness, he also, hypocritically, appointed an advisor, “safe school czar, Kevin Jennings, a high-profile homosexual, who is on the record of making such equitable comments as:
“We have to quit being afraid of the religious right… I’m trying not to say ‘fu**’ ‘em’ which is what I really want to say, because I don’t care what they think. Drop dead!”
True fairness and equality in America is on life support. The prognosis at the moment is awful. And extremists like Mr. Obama and his cronies are slowly inching towards the plug. Based on what we’ve witnessed to date, can there by the slightest doubt they will give that thing a mighty yank when the time comes?