Barack Obama really loves the Declaration of Independence. To be sure, you couldn’t tell by looking at the conduct of his administration or his policy proposals. But you’d have to go back to Reagan to find a president who invoked our founding charter as often as Obama does.
In his statement applauding the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, Obama alluded to the Declaration: “We are a people who declared that we are all created equal — and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
Two weeks earlier, at a reception for LGBT Pride Month, he invoked it by name. Gay marriage, he had the audacity to claim, could “be traced back to our Declaration of Independence — the fundamental principle that all of us are created equal.”
Given his fondness for collective action, Obama could call it a “Declaration of Interdependence.” And he could begin by explaining why it’s time to scrap the old Declaration:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to abandon the Principles which have hitherto guided them, and to embrace the more progressive Ideals which their quest for Equality, Fairness, and social Justice demands of them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of the global Community requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.