Bill Murchison

Into the everyday ranks ... not the WACS, not the WAVES, into the everyday ranks of our military enterprise pour folk of both sexes. And no male gunny sergeant or seaman apprentice or private first class is supposed to get, you know, ideas?

Sexual assault is what happens when you mix men and women in the same pot, then season it -- here's the underlying point -- with the cultural nonsense of the past 50 years; all the rubbish spoken by men and women alike, and approved by our intellectual/activist caste, about the necessity of ditching moral guidelines and guardrails, letting people operate pretty much the way they want to.

Ideas have consequences, ladies and gentlemen of the political establishment. Pour into the intellectual pipeline a lot of nonsense about the oppressiveness of moral codes, and what comes out at the end of the pipeline is ... ta-da! -- 26,000 sexual assaults in the military, made easier, made more logical, by the complaisance of our post-1965 culture in the demise of standards and restraints of all kinds.

What you sow, you reap. Naw, that's mean. Fifty years ago, we didn't know we were buying in for 26,000 sexual assaults. Did we gang? All we saw ahead was self-fulfillment, along with liberation from dead people's ideas.

Turns out we should have listened a little more carefully to those dead folks.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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