The Pander Bear Loses His Honey

The Pander Bear

Back in May, I posted this in Kung Fu Pander Bear:

Talk about backing people in a corner…I think Obama’s public campaign deathbed conversion on gay marriage is going to create far more issues for him with a key constituency than he and his advisers anticipate. His kung fu is not strong on this one, Grasshopper.

So, what does Obama’s setting of a “world precedent” (as the AP called it) on gay marriage say about one of the Democrat’s most monolithic voting blocs, black Americans , a bloc that  gave Bill Clinton 83% support in 1992 and one that supported Obama with an astonishingly homogeneous 95% in the 2008 election? There are several articles that say that this will NOT make a difference in Obama’s support in the black community but if true, does that mean that black voters are willing to completely set aside some of their most strongly held values to vote for Obama? If they are, what does that mean?

These seem to be legitimate questions because it would seem that opposition to gay marriage is a core value of the majority and is based on religious grounds as well. It can be substantively argued that the modern incarnation of “progressivism” has chosen the Democratic Party as its delivery system and two of the characteristics of that “progressivism” are distaste for religion, particularity Christianity, and messianic support for gay rights, of these two, the flagship issue being gay marriage.

And proposed:

As a result of my admission of compromise, the argument may well be advanced that I cannot criticize people for doing exactly what I am doing – but that argument would be illegitimate. Even if I wasn’t excepting only variations and taking on wholesale diametrical changes – if my decision to compromise is wrong, simply pointing it out does not make the opposing position correct, it only confirms that both of us are wrong. The old adage is true: two wrongs, a right does not make.

Will black voters be willing to take on that same examination?

If they are, this might be a watershed moment.

It is their right, as it is mine, to support any candidate they wish and for any reason whatsoever but logic dictates that you can’t split the baby, that you can’t have it both ways. A thing either is or it isn’t.

Obama’s crass, callous and politically opportunistic announcement of his support for gay marriage has put 62% of his strongest support base in the dock. He has put the black electorate in a very tough spot.

A choice between cynicism and racism isn’t much of a choice.

But I’m probably a racist for even bringing it up.

I guess I got my answer today:

A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group’s leader is offering few specifics about the effort.

The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign “an effort to save the family.”

“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said Owens, in an interview Tuesday after the launch event at the National Press Club. “I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road.”

One thought on “The Pander Bear Loses His Honey

  1. I’m surprised. I figured these pastors would do the side-step for Obama. Bully for him (the pastor.)
    I think the thing that is the most odd to me is that not one of my pastors has ever brought up politics (reckon we Lutherans stay outta the fray.) There are the occasional exceptions…..

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