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January 21, 2015

One ‘Epidemic’ You Didn’t Hear Discussed in Obama’s Speech

Tuesday’s State of the Union address contained the usual drivel you’ve come to expect. From taking credit for the long-overdue economic rebound, to railing against the “rich”; from boasting of his failed foreign policy credentials, to demanding action on climate change, Barack Obama provided no shortage of rhetorical flailings. One thing you didn’t hear about, though? The leftist-spun campus rape “epidemic.” Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner writes, “[A]fter all the fuss President Obama made last year about the issue – the ‘It’s on us’ campaign and numerous attempts to convince the world that 20 percent of America’s college women will be raped – you would think he would say something about the issue.” His silence may, at least in part, stem from the recent case involving a fraternity at the University of Virginia, whose members were just cleared of any wrongdoing. The unvetted story made popular by Rolling Stone provided fodder for Democrats on their quest to cast all males as guilty until proven innocent. Or perhaps Obama’s decision to punt the issue is “because of the pushback the ‘1 in 5 college women will be raped’ statistic has received,” speculates Schow. “Maybe it’s because the policies being created by the hysteria surrounding that statistic are being challenged by lawmakers, students, colleges – even Harvard Law professors. Whatever the reason, I’m at least glad Obama didn’t stand before the nation once again and instill fear and push policies that erode due process rights.” More…

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