President's gay marriage stance re-ignite culture wars?
Former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan reacts
- Duration 8:03
- Date May 14, 2012
Former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan reacts
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When he signs today that the president's support of gay marriage his personal support that he announced last week.
May have just reignited the culture wars.
The decision has been praised by most of the mainstream media including Newsweek as you can see here it says the first -- president with president Obama's.
Picture on the front what appears to be a rainbow halo over him.
-- my next guest suggests that there could be backlash that ends up winning Mitt Romney new levels of support from Christian conservatives in particular.
Pat Buchanan ran against George H.
Bush back in 1992 in the GOP primary and he is the author of -- suicide of a superpower pat welcome back to the program.
Thank you very much Megan so that that Newsweek has this cover article -- on him in -- they -- That it is Democrats it is that the president who now is is.
Sort of offensively.
Inserting the issue of gay marriage and reproductive rights into this election campaign they say.
This is actually a -- for Democrats and one that's gonna work to their advantage.
Let's say you.
I don't think -- I think that Joseph Biden basically dragged to Barack Obama out of the closet.
And as you read the New York Times this morning -- and -- United States when he made its decision is calling out black pastors who with him overwhelmingly.
Trying to persuade them of the wisdom and there.
Justice of what he is doing one and was unsuccessful.
What the president has done -- for forfeit let me give you one examples.
Gay marriage ban on gay marriage won with 61% of the vote in a swing state Obama carried.
Just last week if you go out to Iowa where judges impose gay marriage on the state.
Three judges were recalled and fired.
I think the president has put his presidency at -- because this is an emotional cultural moral issue.
And when folks go to the polls the overwhelming majority.
Already in thirty states have imposed a ban on homosexual marriage.
You know Sally Kohn who's at Fox News contributor came on -- program last week and said that North Carolina vote should not be taken as any indyk indicator of anything.
Because the number of north Carolinians who came out voted on that issue was very small.
And it won't be that -- small sample in a presidential election your thoughts.
When -- was a record turnout in the Republican primary despite the fact that the Republican race is all over.
But how does that guest of yours explain how it works for example in California.
Were Barack Obama was winning by one of the largest margins in history.
52% of Californians voted to ban gay marriage.
A majority of Hispanics and 70% of African Americans.
Book Brock Obama has issues basically against Republicans that they're the party of economic -- -- of Wall Street.
Although the 1% and all the rest of it.
Very powerful issues why would you take this cultural issue this issue of morality.
Stir up the Republican base -- social conservative.
Bring them out behind Mitt Romney where they are going right now.
And at this massive distraction that in the keep it.
-- he seemed to be suggesting -- in his interview with ABC news that it was a matter of personal moral conscience for him that he.
You know and having supported gay marriage back in 1980 -- but then.
Back in 2004 had fully evolved to the point where he realized.
He just had to supported on a personal basis but while allowing states to decide -- you know on an individual basis what they wanted -- That's not credible for this reason what's -- been considered -- the last fifty years the great moral issue of our time civil rights.
Did the president the United States believe that the state should decide that.
He has decided did this sort of be decided by states rights he is not gonna put gay marriage into the democratic platform.
If you believe in it deeply why not.
Mitt Romney says he supports a constitutional amendment upholding traditional marriage does Barack Obama support a constitutional amendment.
Which uphold same sex marriage.
No the bird behavior the president the United States I think indicates that this is not something he really wanted to do -- want to selection.
Decided to one.
So I think really this I mean there was an argument as to whether or not to Republicans we're gonna rally their base the social conservatives -- traditionalist evangelical Christians.
They are right now writing to the sound of the guns.
But the big -- rights advocates pat say this isn't.
Is it is an issue of bigotry.
That the president has just come out and sort of he didn't go as far as they would've liked him too but he has sort of started to chisel away at the mountain of bigotry that they see.
Against that and it and they ever they are positioning this in a way that would suggest.
That if you are against -- on this issue if you do not believe what they term marriage equality.
You are a big get that is a powerful label for it would -- voters.
It is in the New York Times said Mitt Romney's attempting to enshrine.
This particular bigotry in the constitution of the United States.
What is that bigotry they're talking about.
It is a traditional marriage concept that we've had for 2000 years of christianity and western civilization.
That is rooted in scripture that is rooted in every -- What depression is attempting to do when they -- equality of marriage he -- attempting to impose a radical idea.
On to the entire American people and to do it by coercion the American people aren't accepting of this they projected it repeatedly and done.
What has been the -- you think for 2000 years all of western civilization has been engaged in horrendous bigotry.
Because they've denied the right of homosexuals America.
That's what the New York Times as saying and that's what those people are saying.
Welcome that you -- -- -- history of that in this country I mean you know we were we were we were bigoted in discriminating against blacks.
Four you know a couple hundred years in this country or at least 200 plus and end.
You know that it's not like just because what it took -- a long time to realize it never happened.
Well the idea of slavery was evil we all agree -- that.
And the idea of slavery which I -- he was at condoned and a lot of cases in an American history and her we're all about for 2000 years.
But where is your great religious faith which says homosexual marriage.
It's a -- of men and women can marry each other.
Mean it is it has not existed in American history and what you're saying then is -- as as is Billy Graham Pope John Paul the Pope John Paul the second.
Every Pope and throughout history all these moral and religious leaders -- -- a -- and they were all too stupid to recognize.
The morality of homosexual marriage is being universally condemned throughout history.
They believe and I believe that it is unnatural.
And tomorrow the relationship and we are trying to enshrined.
In the constitution the United States Obama hasn't gone that far.
But that is what they want done in this is the heart of the cultural war meg and it is the fundamental beliefs of -- significant slice this country may be still majority.
And scripture and tradition and all those ideas of right wrong against a new secularist idea which is quite militant.
No -- gaining in strength.
That is the root of the cultural war it's just like abortion is it okay I mean it's not a progressive move wears out of the killing of an unborn child.
These are the things that are really dividing the country and they're gonna continue I didn't -- -- cultural war we just admitted it was there.
Well I mean I was a pack is that a lot and that answer and -- and a lot partners will disagree with what you said but the point is that there are a lot of Americans who've who see the world as you do and and will this election now.
Focus more on the culture wars as -- -- -- -- verses of the way they were looking at this election prior to last week I got to run pat thanks for being here thing.