Mohler: The Challenges of the New Marine Corps

This is Albert Mohler for Townhall.com.

The Associated Press recently announced that the Marine Corps is going to try to reach a ratio of 1 to 10 in terms of female to male.

On the same day, CNN reported that “the only female officer enrolled in the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer’s Course has dropped out after failing to complete two conditioning hikes last month.”

It turns out that this particular female officer was the second of only two to have attempted this particular course. This is has led General John Kelly to conclude “if we don’t change standards, it will be very, very difficult to have any numbers—any real numbers come into the infantry.”

When the inclusion of women in all forward combat positions was first broached by the Pentagon, it was claimed that there would be no lowering of physical standards for any of combat position.

But the reality is that there is still and will remain a basic difference between what it means to be male and female that cannot be overcome by ideology, or even by the Pentagon.

I’m Albert Mohler.

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Chen: As Health Care Costs Keep Rising

I’m Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution, for Townhall.com.

Health care costs keep rising, and it’s the middle class in America that’s feeling the squeeze.

While Obamacare has given coverage to low-income Americas through expansions in government coverage or generous subsidies for private insurance, middle-class families have been left to pay more for health care.

A recent study from the Brookings Institution found that middle-class families are spending a larger share of their incomes on health care than on anything else. Over course of this past decade, they’re actually spending less on things like housing, transportation and clothing. But health care over the same period? Almost a 25 percent increase.

And this, of course, as the economy sputters along, wages remain stagnant and job opportunities are few.

Health care costs should be an issue in this year’s election. Candidates who’ve backed Obamacare should explain their support for a law that has crushed the middle-class.  And those who’ve opposed it should tell us what they plan to do to turn this disturbing trend around.

I’m Lanhee Chen.

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Thornbury: Phyllis Schlafly’s Legacy

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On Sunday, one of the conservative movement’s most vocal and effective leaders went on to her eternal reward. Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum and one of the principal boosters of the Reagan Revolution, died at 92. Behind her, she left a legacy of women who championed traditional views of family in the public square.

Her most memorable accomplishment was stopping the Equal Rights Amendment from meeting the threshold it needed to be ratified into the constitution. She fought a decade long war against ERA and won. The measure fell short.

Schlafly simply felt that the Constitution was fine, as is. An amendment was not needed to give women extra rights. Women flourished in America. Ergo, to her, ERA was overkill.

Leftists reviled her for these efforts. On social media, the words of judgment and recrimination have been both uncivil and reprehensible. All directed against a woman who dared to speak her mind.

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Davenport: Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About the National Debt?

In a presidential campaign, it’s amazing that no one is talking about the national debt. Well, actually someone is:  the Congressional Budget Office issued a report this summer and we should be shocked.

Here are the top 2 things the nonpartisan CBO concluded:

1)     Deficits are growing because spending—primarily on Social Security, health care and interest on the debt—is growing faster than revenue.

2)    The ratio of debt to Gross National Product has nearly doubled during the Obama administration to 75% today, and it is projected to grow to 141% in 2046.

But don’t worry, because the Democrats have a plan:  spend more and tax the rich.  And Donald Trump says when we go bankrupt he will renegotiate our debt.

Is anyone besides me worried about this?  Are we numb to the rapidly escalating debt?  Debt is not only a question of fiscal responsibility, it is a problem of national security.

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THR 9/3/16: ALT RIGHT, Breitbart and the Republican Party

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Mike Gallagher turns to Donald Trump’s Chief Policy Advisor Sam Clovis to discuss immigration and Trump’s visit to Mexico. Hugh Hewitt speaks with CNN’s Jake Tapper about the continuing problems with Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Hewitt continues this line of conversation about the controversial dealings of the Clinton Foundation with Glenn Thrush of Politico. Michael Medved explains that Hillary has no right to label Trump a “white extremist.” Larry Elder tackles the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the nation anthem. Medved addresses France’s recent move to force Muslim women to remove their burkinis at the beach. Jonah Goldberg and Hewitt discuss the plague of ALT RIGHT on the conservative, Republican movement.

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Mohler: Secular Absolutism

Last week, shocking images came streaming from the beaches of France. As Alissa Rubin reported for the New York Times, the photos showed “armed police surrounding Muslim women on beaches and ordering them to remove their modest clothes or leave.”

Many mayors on the Mediterranean coast have adopted legislation making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the ‘burkini’ on French beaches.

What is uniting so many leaders and citizens—across the political spectrum—in France? It is that nation’s absolute commitment to secularity.

In an article for the Telegraph, Tim Stanley points out that the opposition in France to the burkini and to Islam is symbolic of its opposition to any form of conservative religion, any kind of theology that would bring a moral code in conflict with that of the French secular law and culture.

If one were to try to invent a cartoonish distortion of that kind of secularism, one could do no better than what actually happened on French beaches just last week.

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Hewitt: The Resentment Election

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Throughout American history some elections have been driven by resentment and revenge. 2016 seems to me to be one of those.

Only a relatively few voters are marching door to door this year inspired by Hillary Clinton’s or Donald Trump’s personal stories of triumph over long odds or their promises of a new morning in America.

Quite a few voters are campaigning because they are very, very ticked off at one thing or another—or many things.

The real question is what comes after this campaign?

Come January 2017, the Hill has some pretty heavy lifting to do, beginning with a depleted Defense Department and the long-time-coming-but-suddenly-arriving Obamacare death spiral.

Staying clear of the resentment election is going to empower some of the veteran legislators to try to tackle some of the deep seated problems.

Neither of the presidential candidates is going to arrive at 1600 with a mandate. But either is going to have one heck of a headache and not much of a—if any—honeymoon.

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