February 5, 2020 By Joseph P. Farrell

(Rant warning)

We have completely lost our minds as a "culture." A friend of mine once asked me "how much 'progress' is enough?" When does progressivism stop? Well, the answer is, never. Progressivism isn't really about progress, it's about unending process. This isn't to say it doesn't have goals, or an "end" in view. The goals and ends are clear: to empower itself, to tear down all tradition, all virtue, all beauty, all transcendent goodness, and any institution embodying or representing those things. In their place it champions ugliness of all kinds, ugliness in art, in music, literature, architecture, and most importantly, ugliness of the soul. You can see it in the vacant, sagging, baggy, drooping, rheumy hate-filled eyes of a Soros or a David Rockefailure.

The latest manifestation of this kookiness was spotted by V.T., who passed along this article:

Convicted of sex crimes as a man, felon no longer deemed threat because of gender change

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is no longer seeking the commitment of a former Midwest Christian Services student convicted of myriad sex crimes because the individual now identifies as a woman.

Court records show the state dismissed the application on Jan. 9. Attorney general spokesman Lynn Hicks wouldn’t comment on the reason for the dismissal other than to say “an offender’s hormone levels are an important part of substantiating an offender’s likelihood of recidivism.”

In November, the Storm Lake Times reported that Joseph Matthew Smith, a 23-year-old convicted of molesting a fellow MCS student in 2014, was “undergoing medical treatment that is needed prior to (Smith) potentially undergoing gender reassignment surgery.”

Yes, you read that correctly: Iowa state officials might release a convicted rapist simply because of a sex change operation and hormones. They seem to have forgotten all those cases of teenaged boys being sexually seduced by their female teachers. They seem to have forgotten that the desire to do sexual harm is not a matter of hormones, or genitalia, but of a twisted and corrupted will. Iowa, being "progressive", however, has to time for such old fashioned notions as will, choice, passion, repentance. No, all of that is to be reduced to surgery and hormone injections,  as if guilt can be cut away, or drugged away.

What's unsettling is that this story is not coming out of Nuttyfornia, or Wackychusetts, but out of the so-called "heartland" where things are supposed to be "less crazy."

And meanwhile, at West Point, we have the following:

West Point Now Forces Cadets to Learn About “Gender Norms” and “Toxic Masculinity” – Forces Them to Watch Transgenderism and Gay Lifestyle Documentaries


Yes, the nation's military school is having "discussion sessions":

All classes were cancelled at the U.S. Military Academy Jan. 14 and work was set aside as the cadets, staff and faculty came together to talk about how to live honorably, build cohesive teams and combat issues related to sexual assault and harassment at the academy.

This marked the third Honorable Living Day hosted by the academy during the tenure of West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams.

Somehow, I'm not comforted. I want the military academies to be learning about... oh, I don't know... things like strategy, operations, logistics, tactics, combined arms, weapons systems and so on, not pronoun sensitivity. And how will a sensitive politically correct military fare against, say, the Russians, or Chinese? If the politically incorrect non-sensitive Wehrmacht experienced some difficulty, I'm guessing it probably won't go well. I doubt the Russian or Chinese military, if it ever came down to a conflict, will want to sit down and discuss their "toxic masculinity" or undergo hormone treatments and sex change operations.

(Heavy sigh.)

See you on the flip side...