Those who are sympathetic to the Obama administration maintain that for some reason, it is astonishingly bad at “vetting” nominees. Thus, it keeps nominating people who hold extreme–not to say bizarre–views, and, when outsiders point this out, the administration is obliged to retreat in confusion.
Others argue that the Obama administration is radical to the core, and when it appoints extremists–some say weirdos–to high government positions, it is merely carrying out its ideological agenda. The case of Kevin Jennings, appointed by President Obama as Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education–“safe” seems the salient word–supports the latter view. Jennings, a homosexual activist, has a checkered history to say the least, as Regular Folks United records:
If you were looking for a tutor or even a babysitter for your child would you hire…
…a person who founded and ran an organization where instructors had explicitly described to middle school youngsters how to perform homosexual sexual acts?
…a teacher who had been told by a boy of 15 that he had been sexually abused by an older man, but did not tell authorities or his parents or do anything to protect the youngster from the abuser?
…a man who publicly stated that he was inspired by a man who was the number one proponent and promoter of pedophilia in the country?
…a person who wrote the forward to a book called Queering Elementary Education?
…a person who has publicly, in writing and in speeches, ridiculed and demeaned people of faith?
…a person who has publicly, in writing, encouraged young people to defy their parents and religious leaders?
Let’s follow up on just one of those points, which seems especially relevant in view of the Roman Polanski controversy. Obama nominee Kevin Jennings actually said that the founder of NAMBLA–the North American Man-Boy Love Association–Harry Hay, is “[o]ne of the people that’s always inspired me.” If you’re not aware of it, NAMBLA is an organization that advocates sexual relationships between middle-aged men and teenage and pre-teen boys.
Why, exactly, would a President put someone who admires those who advocate homosexual relationships between middle-aged men and high school or junior high school aged boys in charge of “safety” in American public schools? Who would do that? It’s not as though Kevin Jennings’ benign view of such exploitation is a secret; on the contrary, this is his career, his claim to fame, his qualification for federal employment. One can only ask: is the Obama administration completely insane?