Liberty in Decline
VAWA gained momentum during the early 1990’s after the horror of OJ Simpson’s murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Up to that time, authorities had not addressed family violence with much more than lip service.
Simpson’s trial raised awareness and provided an opportunity to finally address the problem. But, unfortunately, family violence also provided the perfect opportunity for gender feminists to gain traction on something that allowed them to implement their strange and distorted ideology. The entire feminist movement quickly transformed from a movement for equal opportunity and raised awareness about the roles of men and women in society, to one of victimhood obsession. The bogeyman became the “patriarchy” and women were painted as the innocent victims.
The author of the original VAWA bill, Joe Biden, saw an opportunity as well. This legislation could ingratiate him with feminists. The sad result is federal pork legislation designed to promote radical feminist ideology while doing little to help victims of family violence or to help families. Statements like this one from a feminist blog prove the point:
My take on it is this--domestic violence shelters were established as an oasis of sanity for victims of domestic violence, a refuge for the patriarchy's worst victims, a place where male privilege and dominance are not only not respected but openly rebuked. And that pisses them off, because in order for male privilege to maintain its invisibility, it has to be ubiquitious. Shelters do not let men in because women who have been beaten or raped deserve that teeny-weeny break from having to cater to and respect male privilege after they've seen its ugliest side. Frankly, I am flummoxed that anyone would resent that and deny victims their peace."Refuge from the patriarchy"? Huh? Something clearly is amiss in the shadowy world of domestic violence response.
VAWA and the local and state laws it has encouraged paint an ugly picture of the worst tendencies of government. They also provide a glimpse of the oppressive world the gender feminist gang would have us live under.
First, hysteria is fomented. Myths like 95% of all domestic violence victims are women and 1 in 3 women will suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime are spread around. Next, ideology is applied. Due process and equal protection under the law are thrown out the window. Soon thereafter, men and fathers around the country loose their economic and even physical freedom. The power of government to implement radical ideology that few people are aware of, much less believe in, thus became an enormous monster.
The curious thing about this is that Democrats often complain about the evangelical controlled Republicans wanting to interfere in the personal lives of people. Republicans complain about Democrats wanting to interfere in their financial lives. It would seem that, for different reasons, both sides of the current political spectrum would have a reason to want to protect the civil liberties of citizens and the limits on government that our founders cared so much about.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Both parties are now obsessed with social control and engineering and are happy to find ways to trick the Constitution, giving them free reign over all Americans.
The problem is that with governments you cannot trust the best intentions the people that run them. Those people sometimes are able to steer violations of our liberties and rights to actually accomplish good. More often, they are not. Worse, governments are institutions that outlast the people that form them, and eventually, usually sooner rather than later, someone in government will come along and abuse the power. More than any other law presently on the books, VAWA shows us that this universal truth about government that are founders warned us about is indeed true.
And, again, our current crop of demagogic politicians is failing us. The Senate has introduced an amendment to their version of VAWA reauthorization that mandates taking DNA samples of all prisoners, regardless of whether they have been charged, whether prosecutors plan to press charges, and obviously before they are convicted of anything. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has passed it’s version of VAWA reauthorization with Nancy Pelosi lauding it as giving us, “strengthened communities.” Apparently, men and fathers are not legitimately part of their communities. And, a marriage rate of less than 50% while more than 50% of children live without their fathers seems to be Pelosi's gaol.
So, you see, government introduces one deliberate effort at making a run around the Constitution (VAWA) and its success motivates another (mandatory DNA samples). Eventually, the Constitution becomes irrelevant and we are living under an oppressive government regime.
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