It’s disappointing that President Obama would attend the National Prayer Breakfast at all.Â The NPB is organized, you may already know, by “the Family”–a secretive and power-hungry cult that attracts congressmen (as well as international totalitarians and fascists) with their bizarre ideology that justifies any action as long as it’s committed by one of God’s chosen.
Over the last couple of years, the Family has been criticized for offering cover to governors and congressmen involved in sexual indiscretions.Â Most recently, the Family’s anti-homosexual stance has spawned a move in Uganda to pass a law that would, under some circumstances, prescribe the death penalty for homosexuals.Â The Family has been publicly backpedaling ever since, but not before inviting David Bahati (the Ugandan legislator behind the so-called “kill the gays” legislation) to the National Prayer Breakfast!Â Bahati was uninvited after the press got hold of the story.
Barack Obama has done much to disappoint me in his first year in office, beginning with his invitation of Rick Warren (another evangelical character with ties to the Ugandan situation) to deliver his inaugural invocation.Â He continues prattling on about working with the Republicans (can’t he see that the Republicans will do nothing but string him along, no matter what he does?).Â He’s escalating the war in Afghanistan, ramping down the war in Iraq at a pace that would doubtless be little different under a George W. Bush, and now he’s proposing the biggest defense budget ever.Â He’s made a halfhearted attempt at closing Gitmo, and seems cowed by the panicky arguments of the conservatives who act like trying suspected terrorists on American soil is some unspeakable horror.Â Obama’s attempts at healthcare reform have amounted to virtually nothing: what is likely to emerge from Congress will hardly deserve the word “reform.”Â And his foot-dragging on Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell is, quite frankly, too little too late.
Much is made by the pundits of Obama’s dropping popularity numbers, which they usually attribute to conservative blow-back.Â I think it’s fueled instead by the increasingly bitter disappointment of progressives and moderates that Obama is spending too much time trying to appease conservatives and not enough time offering an agenda that’s markedly different than his predecessor’s.