Sometimes the only people more hated than Donald Trump are the people in his Cabinet. One such target for derision has been Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, who some on the Left say bought her Cabinet post and will be disastrous for public education. Yeah, like the current system is running like a well-oiled machine.
Recently, Secretary DeVos announced she would be revisiting Title IX regulations as they pertain to rapes and sexual assaults on college campuses. Seems the current system pretty much throws due process out the nearest sorority house window and defaults to believing the victim. Now, DeVos wants to change that so the accused gets at least a chance at equal footing under the law, and you’d think you gave the Left a full-fat mocha latte made with full GMO non-organic coffee beans with steamed whole milk instead of soy milk. And you forgot the whipped topping and sprinkles!
This week’s Leftist Lexicon is going to go back to the hallowed halls of academia and look at Title IX a little more closely.
What the Left thinks it means – federal guidelines prohibiting women from discrimination on college campuses
What it really means – a good idea used for bad purposes
Let’s be honest here. Outside of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and Planned Parenthood, there are only a handful of people who believe women should be mistreated in any way, shape, or form. Title IX was set up as a means to give women another level of protection from the brutish and often unsympathetic college administrations out there who didn’t have women’s interests, let alone their best interests, in mind.
Then, a little thing called mission creep happened. Basically, mission creep is when a good idea gets used to promote other ideas unrelated to the purpose of the original idea. A great example of this is Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD. MADD was originally created to combat drunk driving, but since its founding, the organization has taken a zero-tolerance approach to drinking anything harder than water that hasn’t gone through a water softener. The woman who started MADD lamented this and had to quit the organization she started because it had gotten too strident for her tastes. Plus, their summer pool parties were a bit of a drag because the only way to have fun around the kind of militant anti-alcohol types is to drink to excess.
Mission creep has also made Title IX into a logistical nightmare, and you can thank the Obama Education Department for Civil Rights for helping that process along. In 2011, they sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges and universities pushing them (i.e. voluntelling them) to enforce Title IX laws as they pertained to sexual assault and harassment. As you might imagine, this made an already touchy subject worse. Who could have seen that coming (I mean, aside from anyone who has spent any time waiting in a DMV line)?
With new mandates…I mean suggestions in place, colleges and universities began their own personal Star Chambers where the accused were guilty until proven guilty by a jury of their superiors with a vested interest in keeping things on the down low, and the victims, real or alleged, were given the benefit of the doubt more often than Hillary Clinton with the DNC. No way this process could be corrupted, right?
Well, that’s what we were lead to believe until false rape allegations started coming to light. Through these incidents, people outside the ivy-covered walls got to see how screwed up the process has been under Title IX. For whatever good Title IX has done, it’s being used as a sexist weapon against college-aged men who may not have the faculties to fight back…provided, of course, the college lets them fight back. In some cases, they aren’t, to their detriment.
But, hey, at least rape victims get a voice, right?
Let’s be frank here. (Or if you don’t want to be Frank, you can be Steve or Lola. Your choice.) Rape is a serious crime and with good reason. Those who are accused of it are permanently tainted by society and public opinion. And it’s because of the seriousness of the crime that we need to be careful and ensure both the accuser and the accused have the same opportunities to present their cases. That’s what Secretary DeVos is trying to do here. She’s not siding with rapists. She’s not stripping rape victims of their rights. She’s ensuring due process gets its due in a situation where it’s needed the most.
Let’s also not throw away the entirety of Title IX just because some people are abusing its protections. A measured approach is what’s needed to ensure everyone is kept equal in the eyes of the law and the college and university administrations. Leave the kangaroo courts to Australia.