David Axelrod has been with Barack Obama throughout his political career, serving as one of his closest allies and political advisor.
Axelrod has now retired and written a book with what Time Magazine calls "a striking admission of political dishonesty from the keeper of the Obama flame."
Axelrod says Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons.
And guess who was the primary target of the president's deception?
Has Axelrod now turned on his long time friend? Not at all. Axelrod sees Obama as a sort of courageous hero for carrying the burden of the deception.
Time says, "Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriage during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages."
Time reports, "Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons."
Axelrod writes in his book, "Believers: My Forty Years In Politics" that "Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term 'sacred unions'."
For personal political gain, and the so-called "greater good" of advancing the secular ideology, Barack Obama agreed to lie to the black community and to America.
He was not "evolving" on his belief regarding marriage as he would later tell the American public. He already supported it.
In 1996, as a state senate candidate, Obama filled out a questionnaire saying, "I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."
However, 12 years later, Barack Obama was sitting with Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church telling the black community and biblical Christians across the nation:
"I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Now for me---for me---for me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. God's in the mix."
Listen to the applause of Christians and conservatives on this YouTube video following his statement.
We now know God was not in the mix of this man's thinking.
Axelrod says Obama stumbled every time he was questioned by reporters about his beliefs regarding marriage.
Finally, years later, Axelrod writes that President Obama told him, "I'm just not very good at bull sh--ing" after an event where he had once again stated the lie about his belief regarding marriage.
Axelrod writes that by the time Obama told the truth about his beliefs, "The president was champing at the bit to announce his support for the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed---and having watched him struggle with this issue for years, I was ready, too."
This is not only the profile of deception in the highest office in the land--- the most powerful office in the world, but it is also a snapshot of how far left secular progressives actually think. And act.
Lest anyone think this is just another "kiss and tell" episode by a former associate who now wants to sell a book, think again. It may be that, but it's also much more than that.
Here's the twisted tale of how far down the wrong path secular progressivism takes an individual and, unfortunately, a nation.
In the illogic of progressivism, Axelrod seems to elevate Barack Obama as heroic and courageous for doing what he had to do for the greater cause. He is a hero because the end, although the task was difficult, justifies the means.
In explaining the "burden" that Obama bore---a man wanting to do the right thing---to be honest and fully and publicly support the homosexual agenda---he denied himself and blatantly misled the black community and the Christian community about what he really believed regarding marriage.
Axelrod, in defense of his friend President Obama, writes, "Having prided himself on forthrightness though, Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position."
Even Jonathan Chait, a leading far left progressive columnist for New York Magazine, believes Obama should have told the American people the truth about his beliefs regarding marriage.
While reading this, you have undoubtedly remembered the recent revelations that Obamacare was foisted on the people of America, using the same tactics.
You will recall, Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and architect of Obamacare, has been repeatedly found on video to be bragging to various audiences how they misled the American people in order to get the votes for Obamacare because the "American people are too stupid" to understand it, and the health bill would not have passed had Americans understood it.
I don't think we Americans are "stupid," but sometimes we are too easily misled because Americans are generally good---not bad, and want to believe the best about anyone in leadership even if we disagree with their politics.
Secular progressives have mastered the ability to leverage the goodness, to deceive, and use it for their own purposes.
This tactic of deception is as old as human history.
I pray we are smart enough, and I believe we are, and discerning enough, and I believe we are, and informed enough, and I believe we will be, and prayerful enough, and we must be, to not make this same mistake next election, no matter how familiar we may be with her name.
May God help us.