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Mohler: A Fundamental Shift

The U.S. Defense Secretary announced that—without exception—all forward combat units would now be equally open to men and women.

Mariette Kalinowski writing in the pages of the New York Times declared this to be, “A Victory for Women at War.”

It didn’t take long for the logic about what women can do to be used as an argument of what women must do. The Wall Street Journal announced that the White House says it will be working with Congress to reconsider the draft.

To put the issue bluntly, once you declare that women have the right to serve in all military units, then how can their service continue to be merely voluntary when it’s not voluntary for men?

You have to wonder how many Americans who favor women in combat would actually be willing to have their daughters conscripted against their will, but it is the natural outworking of the logic of the sexual revolution.

What this represents is a fundamental reshaping of our understanding of gender … of what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman.

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Medved: “Radicalization” Doesn’t Just Happen

In discussions of the San Bernardino massacre, investigators want to determine at what point, exactly, the killers became “radicalized.” This inappropriate word makes it sound as if the perpetrators developed a disease, or fell under some evil spell—minimizing the extent to which their hideous crimes constituted a series of personal choices.

“Radicalization” doesn’t just happen—and it’s not always a discernible process. But it is worth noting that for Muslim terrorists, it always seems to involve an increase in religiosity. Many observers saw the San Bernardino couple becoming more devout which, in an Islamic context, can be a real danger. Muslim Americans should reform their faith to root out this unique susceptibility to terrorism: no one would worry that a Christian who attended Bible study more regularly or a Jew committing to daily prayer might suddenly become a violent extremist. In today’s world, Muslims have too often expressed religious fervor by supporting or perpetrating mass killing.

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Hewitt: A Credibility Gap

Pepperdine California Democratic Party

The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, triggered instant politicization from the anti-gun lobby. It should have triggered patient explanation that terrorist acts committed by Islamist crazies tell us very little about the millions of Muslim Americans who are the best of citizens.

President George W. Bush repeatedly admonished Americans not to confuse radical Islamist terrorism with the peaceful practice of a faith tradition. But W. also had enormous credibility when it came to fighting the Islamist scourge.

In sharp contrast, President Obama won’t even name the scourge, and that almost pathological avoidance of clarity unnerves the citizens he is supposed to lead. They will not be led by foolishness and political correctness run amok. The president’s absurd dance around the facts of San Bernardino feeds the perception that he isn’t serious about protecting the homeland

Follow W’s lead, Mr. President, for the good of everyone.

Here’s an idea: Invite former President Bush to the White House to borrow his credibility on the subject … for yours is spent.

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Mohler: A Vast Collision of Worldviews

Over the weekend, President Obama addressed the American people from the Oval office. He announced that: “ISIL does not speak for Islam . . . they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world.”

Yes, it’s true that the majority of Muslims are not at war with the United States, but many have been radicalized. The question is, how many?

A recent study from Pew Research gives us actual data. For example, in Malaysia, only 11 percent said they had a favorable opinion of ISIS. But 11 percent of Malaysia’s 30 million inhabitants is over 3 million people. In Pakistan, 9 percent—or 16.4 million people—had a favorable view of ISIS.

What we’re looking at here is a vast collision of worldviews and one that secular leaders in Europe and in the United States seem to be incapable of understanding. Until President Obama and other American leaders are ready to address this issue at the level of worldview, you can expect more incidents like we witnessed in San Bernardino … and more speeches like this one.

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Medved: To Win Young People, Face Forward, Not Backward

Republicans must do better among voters under thirty if they hope to capture the White House. In 2012, these young people comprised just 19 percent of the electorate, but provided Obama with his entire margin of victory. Among the 81 percent of voters over 30, Mitt Romney won a majority, but with under-thirties Obama scored a decisive 23-point margin.

To avoid repeating this pattern, conservatives must drop slogans like “Take Our Country Back”—young people don’t want to go back, they want to go forward. We should emphasize future reforms, not issues of the past, like Obamacare and gay marriage. Let’s improve the health insurance for tomorrow, not just repeal a program that was imposed yesterday. On marriage, we should strengthen traditional man-woman marriages, not threaten to undo those same sex marriages that already exist.

To win young people, conservatives must face the future boldly, not to try to recapture the recent past.

The past, after all, wasn’t really that great in the first place.

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Medved: Learning From Disaster

The GOP suffered a disastrous defeat in Louisiana’s 2015 gubernatorial election and it’s crucial that Republicans learn from this catastrophe. Governor Bobby Jindal won the Bayou State with 66 percent in 2011, and Mitt Romney crushed Obama in Louisiana by 17 points in 2012. But this year, Republican David Vitter lost to Democrat John Bel Edwards in a 12 point landslide.

Vitter lost due to character concerns—relating to an eight-year-old prostitution scandal he couldn’t put behind him. The lessons for 2016 are obvious: if Republicans nominate a candidate for president who raises lingering questions of ethics or temperament, they will lose an election in which other signs point to likely victory.

Liberals can look beyond character issues, as their unshakable enthusiasm for Hillary indicates. Many conservatives cannot.

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Medved: Looking To The Next Election

According to an old saying, a politician looks to the next election, but a statesman concentrates on the next generation. Unfortunately, several Republican presidential candidates seem as though they don’t even consider the next election—the November contest in which the party must unite to beat Hillary Clinton. John Kasich’s campaign released a loathsome ad implicitly comparing Donald Trump to Hitler.

Meanwhile, The Donald himself compared Ben Carson to a child molester and called him a “sick puppy” so how can he expect Carson to campaign with him for November? Ted Cruz regularly assaults leaders of his own party as “RINOS” and liars, insisting all who back any sort of immigration reform actually favor “amnesty.”

Candidates who try to win the nomination by trashing their rivals and splitting the party offer a path to sure defeat in 2016.

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