There was a line in Barack Obama’s Inauguration speech that should demonstrate to any reasoning, reflective, thoughtful person that the man occupying the White House either does not know the difference between right and wrong or is a shameless purveyor of evil.
Further this line should be an insult to all those who respect the valiant civil-rights agitators of the 1960s as well as the early American women’s-rights movement that began in the mid-19th century.
Here is that line: “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall. … It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.”
The key to deciphering this deeply disturbing declaration is a historical understanding of what happened at Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall.
Seneca Falls, N.Y., was the site of a pioneering women’s-rights conference in 1848. While 300 gathered there, the debate was vociferous and divided about the goals. Only 100 voted to approve the agenda that included the right of women to vote.
Selma, Ala., was the location of two civil-rights marches in 1965 to the capital of state, Montgomery. They were marked by opposition violence, but the key to the eventual and historical success of the actions was the commitment to non-violent civil disobedience.
So far, so good. Few could argue with Obama’s choices of these two historical landmarks that led to a more open, pluralistic and free society.
It is Obama’s choice of Stonewall that illustrates how dark and twisted his heart and soul truly is.
What is Stonewall?
Your children learn about it in school – at least a highly sanitized version of history of how the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, N.Y., launched what became known as the “gay rights” movement.
Here’s the truth about Stonewall – not based on my opinion about the sinful nature of homosexuality, not based on hearsay, not based on second-hand sources, but rather on police reports, contemporary news accounts and even the history provided in the book “Stonewall,” written in 1993 by the pro-homosexual Martin Duberman.
The first distinction between the events at Stonewall and Seneca Falls and Selma is that Stonewall was a violent riot in 1969 by drag queens, male prostitutes and other perverts against police. But that is only the beginning of the unbelievable story.
Stonewall was not exactly the kind of bar most of us have ever patronized – sex practices aside. It was owned by the Mafia, which paid off police to keep its doors open. It had no running water behind the bar, which led to an epidemic of hepatitis among the clientele. Drink glasses were simply dipped in stagnant vats of filthy, germ-infested water before being reused.
And who were the clientele of this establishment?
Duberman explained how middle-aged homosexuals known as “chicken hawks” frequented Stonewall in search of underage male prostitutes. The sympathetic historian revealed how the doorman at Stonewall was accused of “purveying drugs and young flesh there” and how he was involved in taking payoffs from the Mob.
When the Stonewall Inn was raided by police at 1:20 a.m. June 28 for selling liquor without a license, the bar was full of drunken whores and drag queens. Duberman describes the scene: “By now the crowd had swelled to a mob, and people were picking up and throwing whatever loose objects were at hand – coins, bottles, cans, bricks from a nearby construction site. Someone even picked up a dog from the street and threw it in the cop’s direction.”
Bottles and beer cans were flying at police like missiles. At one point, terrorized and outnumbered police retreated inside the bar and barricaded the door. One of the “freedom fighters” squirted lighter fluid into the room and lit a match. Police reinforcements arrived in the nick of time to save their colleagues from being burned to death. At least four policemen were injured.
Do you get the picture?
The Stonewall riots of 1969 are now being mythologized as something comparable to the Boston Massacre.
Before Obama, Bill Clinton, too, paid homage to the “heroes” of Stonewall. In a 1999 proclamation about “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” (note this was before the LGBT designation), Clinton said: “Thirty years ago this month, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a courageous group of citizens resisted harassment and mistreatment, setting in motion a chain of events that would become known as the Stonewall uprising and the birth of the modern gay and lesbian civil-rights movement.”
That’s right. Every June, when lesbians, bisexuals, homosexuals, transvestites and transsexuals celebrate their “pride,” they are doing so in commemoration of the Stonewall riot. In fact, in 1999 the National Park Service added the Stonewall Inn, plus a nearby park and neighborhood streets surrounding it, to the National Register of Historic Places.
But what Obama did in his Inaugural address went even further. Not only did he diminish the women’s-rights movement and the civil-rights movements by mentioning them in the same breath as Stonewall, he did so in a bastardized allusion to the Declaration of Independence!
So you tell me: Does Obama just not know right from wrong? Or is he a shameless purveyor of evil?