In case you did not know, June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
On 31 May, President Obama issued this proclamation from the White House.
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people."
As is the case in most of these Presidential proclamations, it does not say much of any importance. These proclamations simply recognize in some way the particular constituency which they concern. Ultimately, the hope is that these proclamations will firm up or garner new votes in the election.
Aside from that, the only point of this particular proclamation, as Obama says in the conclusion quoted above, is for Americans to "eliminate prejudice" and "celebrate the great diversity of the American people." A noble goal, to be sure. Of course, its achievement is made more difficult when people accentuate their differences in the name of "diversity" and "multiculturalism." That seems to set the stage for conflict.
But what about other claims in the proclamation?
The President devotes most of the proclamation touting his administrations achievements on behalf of LGBT people.
The President reminds readers that his administration revoked the "Don't Ask Don't Tell." According to the President, that means that "Our national security will be strengthened and the heroic contributions these Americans make to our military, and have made throughout our history, will be fully recognized." I am not really sure how this strengthens our national security. And I do not understand how the public recognition of any soldier's courage will be enhanced by learning about his or her individual sexuality. "Wow, all that heroism, and he's gay, too?" I just do not believe that most people are interested in the sexual orientation of our soldiers, or anybody else for that matter.
The President then lauds his administration for advocating for rights of LBGT people and for the participation of LGBT organizations around the globe. Since LGBT rights are human rights, according to modern progressivism, they "trump" any notions of multiculturalism, cultural diversity, and toleration of other cultures around the globe--especially in the Muslim world.
The President asserts that "we are working to address and eliminate violence against LGBT individuals through our enforcement and implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act." Of course, those acts do no such thing. They accord special legal distinctions to crimes committed against minorities and homosexuals; they contribute nothing in the way of prevention.
The President reminds readers of the first White House conference on bullying.
Finally, the President pledges to "expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care." While care remains incredibly expensive, it is difficult to imagine how much easier one can make access to prevention. If a person can make his way to the family planning section of a grocery or drug store, he can secure adequate means of prevention--condoms.
The most important part of the message contained the essence of modern progressivism: "that the American people will never stop striving toward liberty and justice for all." Establishing justice, as everyone knows, it the most basic function of government. And justice guides, or at least should guide, the way we think about liberty and equality.
The problem is that in the eyes of modern progressivism, the parameters of justice are never defined. Whenever progressives see something they do not approve, they call it "injustice" and seek to change it.
This means that no social or political question is ever settled.
There will never be an end in the quest for "justice" and the expansion of government power in that quest.
Meanwhile, CBS News among other reports on the celebration of LGBT Pride month in the military.
This evokes fond memories of, well, you know:
Good to see that progressives have "progressed" in their attitudes about homosexuality. When Monty Python mocked the military and martial virtues in the early 1970s, they likened military men to prissy, effete homosexuals. (This clip came out on television before the man who introduced the skit, Graham Chapman, "came out" himself.)
But now homosexual men are manly, brave, and heroic.