At least in this one thing … the jury’s still out for what he may do in the future.
Thanks for my awesome cousin for nailing this one on the head … I just had to agree with her: There were far more powerful forces at work in defending traditional marriage in California than the simple 2% of the population comprised by Mormons. It seems we should be thanking the 70% of African Americans who voted this time for Prop 8 , 40% more than voted in 2004.
If you believe in the sanctity of marriage … that it’s far more than a social tool, but a sacred institution … and that it’s the only sacred institution that is and should continue to be promoted by the government of our nation, then you owe Obama a debt of gratitude.
Ironically, you can thank Slate (liberal rag) for originally pointing this out.
While violent same-sex proponents target LDS people and LDS buildings for hate speech and vandalism, LDS people only make up 2% of California, while 70% of all African Americans voted for the proposition. Slate does a bad job of showing just how much a difference Obama made so let me make it more clear: The black community swung the Prop 8 vote by 7% (10% of the vote was African American * 70% voted yes), 40% of that swing came from additional black voters over 2004 numbers as they were energized by Obama. That means Obama personally swung the vote by at least 2.8% (7% * 40%), or by 5.6 points (2.8% *2).
In other words, if Obama had not run for president and if he had not stood against same-sex marriage conservative estimates are that Prop 8 would have lost by a 1.6 point margin (4-5.6=1.6) if not more. Why do I say “if not more”? Because we don’t know how many of the other 60% of black voters were influenced by Barrack making a stand against same-sex marriage. The above number assumes that his position had no effect on the African Americans who voted in 2004, but it’s likely that it did. Say if only 30% were influenced by his anti-same-sex position that would have swung the vote by at least another 2 points (0.3*5.6/0.4).
And yet gay activists disparage and vandalize the property of LDS people and the LDS church who only make up 2% of the entirely California population. What’s more, there were quite a few LDS people against Prop 8 (our home-teacher, who used to be a bishop and is still a prominent authority in the church is one of them). In otherwords, all the LDS who voted for it would not have sufficiently swung the election.
I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that the Gay community seems to focus more on liberal arts than in math and science, but it seems these criminals can’t do math when they decide whom they’ll attack to show their disatisfaction with democracy.