Obama’s Social Experiments Are Wreaking Havoc on America Today
Last week, Americans watched heartbreaking testimony about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats seem to be operating on the basis of "guilty until proven innocent," believing the accuser without any corroborating evidence. This kind of sexual assault witch hunt actually began under former president Barack Obama — as did some of the other key social issues America is wrestling with today.
While the Left's advocacy on social issues and identity politics long predated Obama, the former president's policies supercharged many of the issues dividing America in 2018. His administration helped launch the current liberal cultural wave that wreaks havoc on American politics — and extends far beyond politics.
Here are five key ways Obama's policies impacted American culture, beginning with #MeToo, sexual assault, and Brett Kavanaugh.
1. The sexual assault maelstrom.
It all started in 2011, when the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) under Obama's Department of Education (DOE) issued a "Dear Colleague" letter reinterpreting Title IX of the 1972 Higher Education Act. The OCR letter encouraged colleges and universities to set up what Harvard Law professors Jacob Gerson and Jeannie Suk called a "sex bureaucracy."
Separate Title IX offices at colleges across the country heard sexual assault cases, doling out punishments on their own. These mini bureaucracies operated off of the false assumptions that police are biased against sexual assault victims, that 1 in 4 women on college campuses are raped, and that basic due process protections for the accused would violate the rights of the "victims." Men who have been falsely accused — and even acquitted by real police investigations — have seen their lives and reputations destroyed.
Obama personally established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in 2014, and he teamed up with Joe Biden to launch the "It's On Us" campaign on these issues.
Trump's DOE, under Betsy DeVos, rightly reversed these practices. Even so, the idea that "innocent until proven guilty" does not apply in sexual assault cases has permeated popular culture, and reared its ugly head in the Kavanaugh confirmation battle.
In the past year, a series of sexual predators rightly faced the music: Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, and Olympic doctor Larry Nassar most prominent among them. Actress Alyssa Milano first used the Twitter hashtag "#MeToo" to launch the movement of women and men going public with their accusations of sexual assault.
The #MeToo movement rightly brought those who were truly guilty to justice. Many real victims in the past have remained silent for fear that their accusations will not be taken seriously, and that they would face retribution from those who abused them. It does indeed require a tremendous amount of courage for a victim to come forward.