Gut Rumbles
 

April 09, 2007

It is what it is

Originally published April 2, 2005

I have walked every pothole-riddled step of this road and I can attest that this is true. It isn't JUST, but that's the way the system works and a smart woman knows how to take advantage of it. This article is full of horror stories.

Steve Barreras paid $20,000 to support his daughter, a girl he had never met. In fact, she didn�t even exist. His ex-wife Viola Trevino took another family's daughter to court and claimed the child as hers. New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has now ordered an investigation.

In Michigan, Terrace Hale had $300 garnished from each paycheck for three years. The money went to support a woman he's never met to raise a child he's never fathered. Now, Marilyn Stephen, director of the Michigan Office of Child Support, refuses to give Mr. Hale's money back.

I've ranted before what a stacked deck this is.

The voice of justice and outrage asks, How could this happen in America?

The answer can be found in our nation�s 30-year crusade to extract child support payments from mostly minority, low-income fathers, men who now bear the contemptuous epithet, "Deadbeat Dads".

A goat to scape. A stereotype. A whipping boy. I love the way America has outgrown that kind of behavior.

Of course, it�s divorce that triggers the monstrous child support machinery to lurch into motion. The rise of no-fault, unilateral divorce does not trouble the Sisterhood. In fact, they welcome it.

Over the past 50 years, the National Association of Women Lawyers has spearheaded the adoption of no-fault divorce legislation throughout the country, laws that made marital dissolution that much easier. The NAWL now notes with satisfaction, "the ideal of no-fault divorce became the guiding principle for reform of divorce laws in the majority of states."

A growing divorce rate. Disenfranchised dads. Children lacking paternal guidance and protection. An ever-expanding child support apparatus. Careless disregard of Constitutional protections. A growing totalitarian mindset.

That's the Matriarchy at work.

Divas, my ass.

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