Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are a bit surprised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff signaling they don’t plan to pursue impeachment of President Trump unless there’s a bipartisan consensus for it. They also look on sadly as New York City’s exorbitant taxes and hard left policies leave the city careening towards bankruptcy. And they crack a few pop-culture jokes but also weigh in on the serious issues as celebrities and elites around the country are charged with bribing colleges and universities to admit their kids under false pretenses.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America tackle four big stories today. First, they welcome the resignation of disgraced GOP Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. After another Twitter slam against his attorney general, they wonder why President Trump doesn’t just fire Jeff Sessions if he hates him so much. They also discuss the massive shift in opinion on free speech on both the left and right after ABC cancels “Roseanne” after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet. And they marvel at the fake assassination of a reporter in Ukraine to smoke out the people really trying to kill him.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America reveal their choices for the biggest Three Martini Lunch award categories. They explain their choices for Person of the Year, as Jim names someone he once dismissed as unserious and Greg selects a large group of people joined by a common theme. They also hold nothing back in detailing which people most egregiously turned their backs on conservative principles in 2017. And they ditch their traditional New Year’s resolutions to offer fearless predictions for 2018. Happy New Year to all of our wonderful listeners! We will return on January 2, 2018.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is starting a much-needed overhaul after scandals involving veteran wait times for care. According to Hot Air.com, serious reforms were enacted even before President Trump signed the V-A reform bill a few weeks ago. As a result, over 500 Affairs personnel were fired since the inauguration, and over 100 given disciplinary action. The names of those fired are not being released at this time. ~ Sarah Schutte
The U.S. Marine Corps needs to punish whoever posted and disseminated photos of women in compromising moments but the military must also realize its relaxing of rules regarding sexual conduct was a huge mistake, according to a top researcher on military personnel.
For weeks, the Marines have been responding to revelations that photos of military women in showers and other racy images were posted on social media pages frequented by active duty members and veterans.
On Tuesday, Marine Corps leaders were grilled about the problem and the response during an appearance on Capitol Hill.
Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly says tough penalties for those responsible for humiliating the women are certainly in order.
“The commandant can and should say to the Senate, ‘We will prosecute cases to the extent of the law.’ If the controlling legal authority sees there is evidence, that evidence will be taken forward, and there will be punishment according to the law. The problem is an absence of a law that would ban this sort of behavior,'” said Donnelly.
She says some the the images were apparently “sexting” type messages, in which women willingly sent boyfriends explicit photos of themselves, only to see the pictures get posted to social media sites once the relationship went sour, but that doesn’t make the actions of the men any less heinous.
“A woman who does that puts herself at greater risk. This doesn’t mean that she should be exploited or that he should betray her. All I’m saying is, when you take that risk, then you elevate the chances that you will be the victim of betrayal,” said Donnelly.
While she expects the Marines to prosecute, Donnelly does not believe the strong USMC opposition to social engineering policies like allowing women to perform ground combat roles or reversing LGBT policies deserves blame for what happened to the women.
“That is the worst, most preposterous spin of all. You know why? The Marines asked that this not happen. The Marines asked for exceptions. The Marines also asked that the 1993 law (banning gays and lesbians from military service) be repealed. They were overruled in both cases by the politicians,” said Donnelly.
That repeal happened in 2010, when the so called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was scrapped by Congress, along with the actual law that laid down rules of conduct.
“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ never was a law. That was a regulation. Congress repealed that but they also repealed the underlying law. That law used to say that disciplinary requirements applied on base and off base. That was taken away by Congress,” said Donnelly.
In addition to the public scandal, Donnelly says the latest numbers on sexual assaults within the military continue a disturbing rise.
“The numbers are still going up, the numbers of actual cases. And, get this, the number of male-on-male sexual assaults also are continuing to increase. In 2010, that percentage was under 10 percent. Last time I checked, it was 17 percent. Now, it’s north of 20 percent. What is going on here?” asked Donnelly.
Donnelly believes that open a Pandora’s Box of sexual activity in the U.S. military.
“The military is now a libertine institution. There are very few limitations on sexual conduct other than being consensual,” said Donnelly. “If any kind of sexual expression in the military is now OK, how do you draw the lines? There are no lines anymore.”
In the Senate hearings Tuesday, lawmakers demanded answers from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. Donnelly was not impressed.
“The members of the Senate who looked at the commandant of the Marine Corps, almost yelled at him, Sen. (Kirsten) Gillibrand, ‘How did this happen? Who is accountable?'” said Donnelly.
“Excuse me, Sen. Gillibrand, you are accountable or should be held accountable because you voted to repeal the 1993 law that spelled out the fact that disciplinary regulations apply on base and off base,” said Donnelly.
Donnelly says the photo scandal and the rise in assaults are all due to politicians foisting a social agenda upon the military.
“The results of eight years of Barack Obama are now coming forward. This nude picture scandal is only a small part of it,” said Donnelly.
The effort to blur and even erase gender distinctions is a decades-long effort by liberal activists to achieve equality but the effort is only serving to endanger the very women the movement supposedly champions.
That’s the premise of “Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female” by journalist and Catholic Association Senior Fellow Ashley McGuire.
She says the movement has far larger goals than winning restroom and locker room accommodation for people who believe they are a different sex than their anatomy would indicate.
“The endgame is being pushed by an elite segment of society that thinks that equality only will come when we all seem truly identical or when we ‘liberate’ ourselves from this idea of sex and gender,” said McGuire. “Women are the ones who lose in a world where it’s scandalous to even use the word ‘woman’ as a category.”
While many social conservatives see the transgender movement bursting onto the scene in just the past few years, McGuire says the larger effort has been unfolding for decades.
“Radical left-wing feminists pushed this idea that we’re very gendered, that we’ve been socialized to be a certain way, that these are superficial things and that sex is something very random and we just need to get ourselves out of these male and female boxes for women to be equal like men. We’re just starting to see some of the most extreme manifestations of it now, a few decades later,” said McGuire.
In her book, McGuire highlights stories such as a schoolteacher removing Legos from her classroom because boys were far more likely to play with them than girls and high schools removing Homecoming king and queen from the lexicon in favor of ‘royalty.’
Target stores have stopped labeling toys for boys and girls and there is even a push to stop dividing boys and girls clothes into different sections of the stores.
“What we’re seeing now is society actually actively encouraging confusion. That’s the kind of things parents have to resist, whether they’re getting it in their consumer choices or whether it’s actually being taught in their schools,” said McGuire. “This idea that toys and clothes have to be gender neutral or else you’re doing some sort of harm to your children is completely false,” said McGuire.
But it’s not just kids who deal with the consequences of the effort to eradicate gender and sex. McGuire says adult women are paying the price, including those serving in the military. She says women in the service can now be forced to the front lines of combat if they meet the physical requirements.
In 2016, the issue took on a greater dimension, when Congress very nearly required all women to register with Selective Service, which could one day make them eligible for non-voluntary service, possibly even in combat.
“It’s ironic to me that we’re suddenly talking about taking away choice for women, a choice as to whether they’re going to be put into some of the most dangerous situations possible,” said McGuire.
“The Marines just had their boot camp go co-ed and now they’re going to be putting men and women into the same sleeping quarters. That raises all sorts of risk for sexual assault, lawsuits, rape and things like that,” said McGuire.
College campuses also continue to pursue policies that are marketed as progressive but that McGuire believes puts women at great risk, especially in residential housing.
“Something like 80 percent of rapes (on campus) happen in college dorms. A lot smaller percentage than you think happen in fraternities and sororities or off-campus housing. That shouldn’t surprise us because most of these dorms are co-ed,” said McGuire.
“The idea being that men and women are no different. We can put them in the same building where they’re going to sleep and shower. Often they’re showering and bathing in the same bathroom. Some (colleges) are already implementing co-ed dorm rooms but at the same time wondering why women are being raped left and right,” aid McGuire.
So what do feminists have to say in response to this effort endangering women? McGuire says the left is very good at silencing opposing views.
“They’re trying to stifle any sort of dissent on the issue. I think there are very few people speaking out against it,” said McGuire.
She also says it took awhile for many people to see how the movement could impact them and their children.
“This all seemed like something that didn’t affect people in a very personal way. Increasingly, I think people are starting to see, whether it’s someone like me – a mother to a couple of young children – faced with the prospect that my kids might be taught in their school curriculum as young as kindergarten about gender being a malleable construct,” said McGuire.
McGuire says there are some groups on the left that believe ending gender and sex distinction is harmful to women so the fight against the cultural tide will lead to “strange bedfellows.”
She also says studies show that equality for women is being achieved without blowing up our cultural foundation. Citing research showing that CEO’s with daughters are likely to offer better salaries and opportunities to women, McGuire says things are moving in the right direction and a radical redefinition of humanity is not needed.
“That’s the direction we should be going. We should be exploring what our differences are, how our differences contribute in mutually beneficial ways, and trying to establish an equality based on that, not on this fake and unrealistic idea that if we make everything identical that’s when we’ll have achieved equality,” said McGuire.