Michelle Obama speaks at veterans group and lauds gay marriage

I want to take the time to thank first lady Michele Obama for speaking at a recent event hosted by Got Your Six, a group that seeks to ensure positive portrayals of veterans in the popular culture.

On its website the organization says, “Through entertainment industry partners, Got Your 6 works to normalize the depictions of veterans on film and television to dispel common myths about the veteran population.”

Mrs. Obama was even kind enough to share with the crowd that she recently viewed the movie American Sniper during her recent travels to India and Saudi Arabia — and hat tip to her for not bowing to the repressive Saudis and wearing any head covering.

Regarding “American Sniper,” CNS News said “Mrs. Obama praised the hit movie “American Sniper,” and called on the screenwriters to present more veterans in their work.

“See, there’s another great untold story in this country right now, one that is crying out for our attention–and that is the story of our troops, veterans, and their families,” she said. “So today, I’m calling on all of you and folks across the entertainment industry to change the conversation about our veterans and military families. Give us the full story,” she said. Just look at the latest box office numbers, she said. The number-one movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family. And I had a chance to see ‘American Sniper’ this week on that long flight we took–and while I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years.”

Those are awesome words coming from the first lady, words I wish the president would utter. Heck, I even read somewhere that “American Sniper” was a hit in Iraq and was encouraging Iraqis to stand up to ISIS. Perhaps that snotty little fella on MSNBC who classified Chris Kyle as a racist on “killing sprees” should talk with the first lady.

Now, the flip side to all of this is that first lady Michele Obama took a stand at the same event and said something about which I don’t agree. While speaking to television and screenwriters on Friday, CNS News says, “first lady Michelle Obama praised the movie and television industry in the United States for promoting same-sex marriage.”

“Every day, through the movies and TV shows and ads you all create, you have the power to shape our understanding of the world around us, said Mrs. Obama. You challenge our most strongly held beliefs. You influence our opinions on current events. So the fact is, in many ways, you all are in a unique position to help us address some of the most challenging issues that we face as a nation, she said. Just take an issue like gay rights. And at the same time, we’ve seen gay rights advance in real life as well, she said. As my husband said, we’ve seen gay marriage go from a wedge issue into a civil right in states all across this country. And that’s just one issue.”

First of all, as with climate change, I don’t believe gay rights is one of the most challenging issues we face as a nation. The rise of Islamic terrorism — which the first lady’s husband refuses to say — is a far more clear and present danger and challenge, that we face as a nation and a world.

As a matter of fact, it was just a few weeks ago that we shared the story of ISIS executing two gay men by throwing them from a rooftop – I’d think that’s a true representation of violating gay rights — just the right to life, to exist. Where are all the “coexist” bumper stickers, Islamapologists? And I would hardly classify gay marriage as a “civil rights” issue — sexuality is not a race. I fully support civil unions, but will always stand for marriage as a relationship and bond between one man and one woman for the promulgation of a civilized society through the creation of progeny.

Now, of course you don’t have to be married to have children, and that leads me to the REAL issue first lady Michele Obama should champion — the breakdown of the American family, especially the black family.

Since the implementation of the Great Society programs of liberal progressive President Lyndon Johnson, we have slowly witnessed an erosion of the traditional family. And there is no worse reflection of that than in the black community.

Johnson advocated for the government to provide checks to women having children out of wedlock. And as long as they kept a man out of the home, women would continue to receive checks for the children they continually had. What has resulted in these 50 years since? An out-of-wedlock birth rate in the black community of 72 percent.

Remember the example of the black woman in Tampa, Florida with 15 kids from various men? And talking about the entertainment industry trying to influence the culture – remember the proposed reality TV show that was going to feature one Atlanta rapper with a multitude of “baby mommas” and a slew of children? Thanks be to God that the show was never brought to air.

Here we have the first black first lady — why not speak to the movie and TV industry about restoring the favorable image of the black family — heck, even “Good Times” was a show that featured a strong black man raising his family, even in the projects.

For me, the decimation of the black family and the ensuing results in our inner cities — such as the tragedy that was Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown — is a more challenging issue our nation faces. Or perhaps not to her? Maybe the first lady could explain to America why her husband, President Obama, in April 2009 cancelled the DC school voucher program?

As I always say, a good quality education is the great equalizer in America– does President Obama not share that vision with me? Why not have the movie and TV industry depict young black kids, inner city boys and girls, success stories like the charter school Success Academy in Harlem — which President Obama’s avowed socialist BFF, Mayor Bill DeBlasio wanted to shut down.

It’s now Black History Month, and what stories will be told in the next 29 days for 2015? Are we going to just tout the political rhetoric and sing old songs, or are we going to face the truth — today’s black community is failing.

Gay marriage is not a major civil rights issue or national challenge. The destruction of the black family and the rise of the welfare nanny-state, dependency society, lack of competitive educational opportunities (last week was National School Choice Week, and I penned a joint op-ed piece with my friend Rich Thompson on the subject), and the erosion of economic growth in the inner city are our real issues and challenges. And it will take a sincere and dedicated focus on policies, not politics, that turns the tide.

Michele Obama had a fantastic platform at the Got Your Six event and she did right by our veterans. For that I applaud her. But she also needs to do right by the black community, which needs her voice to advocate for the future of young black boys and girls and their opportunities — just as is being provided for her two daughters — opposed to focusing on identity politics-driven wedge issues.

45 COMMENTS

  1. Thank You! I firmly believe that the lack of family values in today’s society and the lack of fathers is the biggest concern we face as a nation in our social issues. This is excessively predominant in the black community and it hurts them tremendously. Children know inherently that their family is missing something when they are not born into a true family and they are the ones that pay the price for their parents’ bad choices.

  2. I think Col. West understands, but doesn’t come right out and say, that “social welfare” programs are the new slavery, and it certainly won’t fit the dem’s’ narrative to restore the family and get black folks educated. If that happened, the dems would face a revolt. There would be nothing more deadly to democrats and their politics than educated black people with traditional family values. The democrat party would cease to exist.

    • Col. West has referred to social welfare programs as slavery in previous articles. I don’t think it’s necessary to use the word “slavery” in every single article.

      • I didn’t say it WAS necessary now did I Ken? I merely said that Col. West doesn’t come right out and say it in this article. So I did it for him. You’re welcome.

      • Let’s insinuate that the First Lady is in support of gay marriage for the simple reason that one exists in the White House and is desperately seeking some public acceptance. Although Michelle Obama has some very manly characteristics, the intent of the post was humor. Now stop following me around.

      • My apologies.
        i did not recognize your intent as humor because i expect humor to be funny or, at the least, slightly clever.

      • I had a troll who was making snarky comments after every post I made on sites that used disqus, Ken Largent II. What they do is click to follow you and disqus doesn’t have any way for you to block these followers. It could be seen as a compliment that they see you as such a threat that they want to follow you around and post childish remarks after every post you make on a disqus thread.

  3. sasquatch and the current White House occupant take every chance to give back-handed compliments to the troops and then push their radical agenda to transform America. Gay rights, more social welfare, global warming are all nothing but ways to CONTROL and enslave the country to more and bigger government. Judging from the welfare/food stamp roles millions have already become willing slaves to the gubmint…they get free phones,food, housing, transportation….the difference between this and Colonial slavery/indentured servitude is?

  4. If Michelle Obama was touting honesty in the media, I guess she is unaware that polls show that most Americans think 25% of our population is gay because almost every TV series, including on ABC Family, has at least one or more gay couples on them. The reality is that they are about 2% of the population yet the entertainment industry gives us the impression that there are larger numbers.

    I’m in favor of civil unions due to issues such as “next of kin” rights, inheritance laws, equitable divorce settlements, spousal benefits such as health insurance, etc… It seems that the left keeps pushing issues such as gay rights, war on women, Climate Change, etc… that don’t even make it to the top 10 issues that most concern Americans. Those top issues need to be addressed instead of trying to build concern over manufactured issues.

    • Nannette. The left (democrats) are pushing hot button issues to keep attention diverted from their inability to be relevant in the stuff that matters. The VERY last thing the left wants is for blacks to get educated and start returning to traditional family values. The black folks would suddenly see the left’s lies and hypocrisy for what it is. None of them, including the First Lady, are interested in honesty in the media.

  5. What the heck do you expect from Michael. He has every right to his screwed up view of the world. Hey, he married Barry Soetoro, didn’t he?? Birds of a feather, crows in this case, eff together….

  6. “Gay marriage is not a major civil rights issue or national challenge.” Tell that to the gay families that are treated unfairly. Tell that to the gay people that have been kept from the bedside of a dying spouse. The Constitution guarantees tax paying American citizens equality under the law no matter what percentage of society they compose!

    • Ok then today under that interpretation everyone pays the same “amount”of taxes today. Every ticket has to to be paid regardless of circumstances and every murderer gets the death penalty regardless of mental competency.

      • Expand the idea of equal treatment inder the law you applied t “gay rights”. Remove all of the exceptions the government makes in other cases. To list a few tax rates, social security, welfare, criminal law in cases of mental illness, gun control, . Complete the thought to equal treatment under the law rhe way you described it and you will see a very different world.

    • You have equality under the law. The Federal government has not the ability, as per the Constitution, to make law regarding ANYTHING that isn’t an enumerated power. Legislation on “Marriage” “equality” is not a power granted to the Federal government, but to the states or the people. The people have spoken… suck it up, Princess. You don’t get to redefine a religious rite just because you hate religion and/or God.

      • They deserve to get the sa=me rip off we men have endored for years that the different besides who care about homosexual they die no children byebye so who cares no me

      • I did not really mind homos being married until after California Prop 8 when they started a campaign to suppress opposing viewpoints and injure those who disagree with their demands. I would have voted against Prop 8 if I had still lived in California as I did with regard to its statutory equivalent Prop 98. Today I would vote to return to the common law to hang people convicted of sodomy. Homosexuals, by their childish temper tantrums to suppress viewpoints they do not like, have shown themselves not more enough for marriage.

    • According to a friend of mine who practices Family Law in California, homosexual marriage as been a financial gold mine for him and his colleagues

  7. Colonel, you didn’t mention the part where she chose to whine that Chief Kyle was a man in the film, and should have been a woman.

    It just illustrates how disconnected and clueless the First Oxygen Thief really is. Proclaimed that she saw the film and understands what Veterans are experiencing, but couldn’t catch the obvious clues that Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle was a real SEAL sniper that actually fought in Iraq and has the most confirmed kills of any American military sniper in our history. Just like the film, Chris Kyle has a wife, Taya, with whom he has two children. Just like in the film, he takes Eddie Lee Routh to a shooting range to help him with his PTSD, where Routh murdered Kyle and one of Kyle’s friends.

    Funny how that works out, isn’t it?

  8. Moochie also, in this speech, I am told complained about no movie about women warriors. I guess she forgot about the movie about PFC Jessica Lynch, USA (Ret). Another instance of the left, by and large, lying about American heroes, Like they lie when they say hussein the dog eater, not a bunch SOCOM personnel, took out ubl. But then as code puke showed last week, when it comes to the men, women and MWDs, both serving and veterans, the American left are low life scum.

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