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FML: Fathers, Men, and The Law:
Criminalizing Masculinity

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
- Frederick Douglass, April, 1886

"Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political .... These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civil instruction, the touchstone by which we try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.''
-Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1801

Like the gradual erosion that created the Grand Canyon, the flashing torrents and hot winds of antipatriarchal rhetoric have now created great chasms of disparity in the treatment of men in the civil courts, and fathers in the family courts of American jurisprudence.

From charges of harrassment, to abuse, to ineligibility for parenthood, the underlying presumptions of equality before the law have given way to the presumption that all men are potential, if not actual rapists, batterers and pedophiles; and for this must be subjected to a redistribution of their wealth and/or earning capacity.

Men are, after all, when once brought before the bar, non-rebuttable cads and near certain perjurors. Ironically, it is this gaseous mythology which has both hoisted the feminists with their own petard - and preserved the reign of that paragon of feminist mythology, William J. (everybody does it) Clinton.

The gender war - some war - has been characterized by one-sided vitriolic verbal assaults on the character of men as a class of people; culminating in the Houses of Congress - mostly white males - passing one edict after another. This, in an attempt to ward off the fierce forces of the "gentler sex". And in a final grand capitulation, these lions from OZ have erected the great unconstitutional testament to male patriarchal dominance - The Violence Against Women Act.

That this is a clearly unconstitutional piece of legislation on its face, is glaringly obvious. Who else but men (as a class) must be constrained from violating women (as a class), (i.e., Who else is there to be violent-against-women? Deer and antelope?)

Note: DA*DI has railed against this Act since 1997. Now a Federal court agrees: "click"

Having established the barbaric predilections of the male class, the great Congressional OZians have moved into other areas to hobble these testosteronians. Most recently, they have federalized Child Support Collection.

So what, you say?

Well, first; this federalized paternalism toward women and mothers usurps and supplants what was previously within the domain of the individual states. Secondly; what may have been, under state auspices, minor infractions or misdemeanors have now, because they are under federal auspices, graduated to the class of felonies. And finally; the reclassification as felony, and its attendant conviction, removes from these rabid miscreants a number of citizenship rights - such as voting and bearing arms.

So, what else? There are libraries full of legitimate scientific studies that establish unequivocally that women and men are equally violent toward each other; that women are in the majority, especially single-mothers, in perpetrating child abuse; and that women outnumber men two or three to one in originating divorce. None the less, the communal-cultural-knee-jerk assumes the male implication when violence or irresponsibility are mentioned within the context of women and children.

Between the vitriolic erosion of this rhetoric and the sedimentation of legislative/judicial edicts, the criminalization of the class of men is near complete. Civility - that pariarchal artifact - has been nearly eradicated. Men may act according to cultural expectations, and women may prosecute to the quite full extent of the law.

Civility a patriarchal artifact?, you question. According to Webster's, the synonym for civility is Chivalry. Chivalry and Chivalrous are defined as those previously male-attributed qualities and aspirations "marked by honor, generosity, and courtesy; marked by gracious courtesy, and high-minded consideration, especially to women."

The following accounts, which have been extracted from today's headlines and news stories, are offered as contemporaneous accounts of the criminalization of men, and the federalization of their control:

FML: 150 L.A. Cops "Sweep" 880 "Deadbeat" Dads

"... the sweep, which cost the county more than $600,000, was described by some investigators as a failed and dangerous publicity stunt that produced only a fraction of the targeted arrests and included plenty of blunders--among them, the wrongful arrest of a Getty Museum official's spouse."

FML: "demonize white males, reduce their opportunities, and limit their success."

"Even scientific truth has lost out to myths that serve minority interests. In 1966, two college students discovered "Kennewick Man," a 10,000-year-old skeleton in the Columbia riverbank in Washington state. The skeleton was an important scientific find, but, alas, did not fit the race theories of American Indians."

FML: Men and Violence

"When a man assaults or kills someone in the presence of a child, he has committed not one horrendous act but two ... "

  • FML: Risk Factors for Infant Homicide ...

    "As families disintegrate, and men are demonized by the radical gender feminists - ... the criminalization of men in America will prosper, while our children are placed at even greater risk. "

    FML: Stealing a kiss has become grand larceny.

    FML: "Rape" in Oklahoma, as now defined by feminists, is a bad date with good wine

    "If the bill passes the state Senate, rape in Oklahoma will be defined as sexual intercourse (ask a third-grader) "where the victim is intoxicated by alcohol, a controlled dangerous substance or other intoxicant to such an extent that the victim is incapable of giving legal consent."

    FML: Child Support

    ``This effort will include new investigative teams in five regions of the country to identify, analyze and investigate cases for criminal prosecution, and an eightfold increase in legal-support personnel to help prosecute these new cases ... ''

    National Lobbying Group Works to Maintain the Criminalization of Noncustodial Dads by Advising Legislators of Court Decisions - Visit This Scary Page.

    Why Is It That Fathering a Child Can Simultaneously Create an "Irresponsible" Non-custodial Dad; and Incite a Celebration of an "Independent" Custodial Woman/Mother?

    FML: Federalization

    "The workload has increased in part, Rehnquist said, because of Congress continually adding new crimes to the federal statutes. He mentioned some recent examples as types of arson, car theft and recovery of child support. "

    FML: DHHS agents now become "gunslingers" to nab Desperado Dads.

    Another example of men being perpetually injured by the status quo.
    Copy our letter and add your cover letter to Senator Chuck Grassley

    FML: Unconstitutionality I

    "A decision in CA annulled an order which jailed a father for failure to pay alimony/support citing, inter-alia, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude!"

    FML: Unconstitutionality II

    "It's not slave labor to lock up a parent who owes child support and refuses to take a job that would pay the debt, a federal appeals court ruled."

    FML: Noncustodial Parents' Class Action Lawsuit

    "Our government has imposed standards of responsibility for noncustodial parents, under threat of jail, ignoring every fundamental precept of The Constitution of The United States while NO OTHER CITIZENS in our society are held to the same, or for that matter, any standard."

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