Obama Makes Haste in Advancing Liberal Agenda
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The remnants of a presidential inauguration still litter the streets of Washington, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Obama is taking any time in cleaning out the unwanted precedents leftover by Mr. Bush in the White House. Obama is taking care of the low hanging fruit before he gets to the more difficult parts of his agenda.
As promised, within days of his swearing in, he has revoked the Mexico City Policy, which prevented U.S. taxpayer money from being used to provide abortions abroad. Obama has signed an executive order closing the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay where those suspected of being terrorists are held.
For someone who has pledged to reject the influence of special interests, Mr. Obama has been very swift in responding to the wish lists of various liberal interest groups. The pro-choice crowd couldn’t be happier that the international arm of Planned Parenthood will now be able to receive more money to terminate pregnancies in developing countries. Similarly, the anti-war movement is pleased to see Guantanamo, the trophy room of the War on Terror, close its barbed-wire gates.
Unfortunately, these are only the preludes of a much broader agenda for American progressives. The pro-choice lobby will continue to push its Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) until abortion is recognized as a “fundamental right” in the United States. The anti-war groups won’t stop until every American boot is off the sand in Iraq.
One group that Mr. Obama still has to answer for are the gays and lesbians. He ran afoul of this important liberal constituency when he invited Evangelical super star and Proposition 8 supporter Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing in on the steps of the Capitol. To ensure that the public knows he is eager either to offend everyone or include everyone, Obama then invited Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual bishop in the Episcopal church, to say a prayer on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
What will Obama do for the gays and lesbians? The first order of business will be the elimination of the oft-mocked “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prevents open, practicing homosexuals from serving in the armed forces. It will most assuredly be replaced with a policy that will make sexual preference an issue in military recruiting.
Obama is able to achieve all of these liberal “wants” through executive order by taking advantage of his post-inauguration honeymoon. These controversial decisions are made through the fiat of his executive power. A new challenge will be dealing with the legislative branch and many conservatives hope their like-minded Senators will provide a mechanism for tempering the Obama agenda.