We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Great discussion thread at Neptunus Lex about this thorny subject. It's one of the reasons I read his blog so regularly. The quality of the comments, and the commenters, is so high. As a country we have been blessed by the reservoir of bright, brave, thoughtful young people who have served us, largely unheralded by the leftist press, as protectors since our founding as a nation. Many of those young people, now retired, mostly after long service to us, the citizens, make up the majority of Lex's commenters. It's been a revelation to me that these folks are the true flower of our nation, and how very intelligent and thoughtful they are.
As far as gender bias goes, as usual, the politicos in Washington dumped this ill-thought-out politically correct response to what the feminists feel is gender bias onto the public and said, "There! We wonderfully tolerant and fair folks have showed you what you should do. Now, you make it work. We're done here."
And, manfully, the military has struggled with this and made it work. Sort of. But there is a vast reservoir of resentment among the various branches of the service at the idea of women serving on the front lines in combat. And rightfully so, I think. Men are hard-wired to protect and defend women and children, who are the future of any society that lasts. They don't happily put them on the front lines to take deadly fire.
At any rate, take a look at the discussion on this at Lex's blog. And, by the way, his son was commissioned yesterday at Annapolis Just as Joh McCain's son was. Thank God for our military tradition.