Where, oh, where are the rugged women of yore who stood toe-to-toe with men and demanded respect and equal treatment? Today,we have the likes of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who demanded that we all pay her $10 a month for birth control pills and now in the running for Time magazine's person of the year:
One could argue that the icon of the failing Obama economy is the college grad with a worthless degree under his arm and a bed in his mom’s basement.
Time magazine gives us Sandra Fluke, with a bachelor’s degree in (no joke) Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, no marketable skills, and still on the academic track, living on the largess of others.
I’m not trying to be mean to Sandra Fluke. Unlike Rush Limbaugh I make no comment on her personal life or sexual proclivities.
But I also didn’t — and would never — put this unaccomplished 30-something on the “Person of the Year” list for publicly whining about paying her own bills.
Of course she's probably a perfect choice in a world in which President Obama's "Julia" ads about the woman extolling the virtues of cradle-to-grave dependence on government were effective enough to get a majority of the unmarried-woman vote.
Oh, wait, I've found my women:
Four female service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the prohibition will have on morale.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, is the second one this year over the 1994 rule that bars women from being assigned to ground combat units, which are smaller and considered more dangerous since they are often in battle for longer periods.
Now, there are lots of good arguments on both sides of the women-in-combat debate, which have discussed here from time to time over the years. It's an issue that tests our concepts of who we are and how we should behave toward one another far more, I think, than the gays-in-the-military issue.
But whatever else can be said, these women deserve our praise and admiration for being willing to stand up and take equal risks for their country. God bless 'em. I'll take one of them in my corner over 100 Sandra Flukes and Julias.