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By Sam Publius, PhD.
Did this really happen in 2016? A new governor desperate for attention actually issued a state of the state address that featured the vilification of “dead beat DADS” on social media. His name is Doug Ducey, and by all indications he has been asleep since the 19th Century, maybe longer.
Our federal government engaged in a similar sexist act in 2012 when the Justice Department issued a news release boasting of its “sting operation” on “dead beat dads.” After a protest and lobby initiative in Congress, that phrase was dropped from public pronouncements.
Will someone in the Arizona Legislature now wake this guy up to our times? Moms are working, they get behind in child support obligations too, and taking into account their proportion to all female obligors, it is a more pressing issue due to the historic favor they receive in family courts.
“Dead beat Dads” is a sexist slur for the pathetically obvious reason that it stereotypes a stigmatizing condition based strictly on gender. In Ducey-land, there are no “dead beat Broads” or jail terms for moms who file false accusations to alienate fathers from their children.
Through so-called “child support,” fathers are often paying the state to take away their offspring. In effect, it is a discriminatory court system they are protesting no different than Susan B. Anthony who refused to pay her fine for the crime of voting in the 1872 elections.
Where is Ducey’s focus on bureaucratic corruption which is rampant here? States like Arizona receive Title IV-D funds based on the number and size of support awards to pay for court operations. Interest revenue is also derived from state banks known as support collection centers.
Excessive awards result from biased judges leading to a social epidemic. Government is actually creating “dead beats.” In the Kids for Cash scandal, two Pennsylvania judges were sent to prison for taking bribes from prison contractors requiring the reversal of 4,000 juvenile convictions.
You would think that our government would learn from real life precedent like the murder of Walter Scott last year in South Carolina. An unarmed father and “repeat debt offender” was shot in the back five times by a traffic cop while fleeing a support warrant. Now why would he flee?
South Carolina has some of the toughest enforcement laws, yet it is among the worst in collection rates. Veterans and law enforcement have suicide rates suppressed by this trillion dollar industry. One is featured at Purple Heart’s Final Beat, Second Class Citizen.org.
Other examples include a police investigator who left support court and committed a murder-suicide despite protection orders by use of a common kitchen knife. It left behind three children and a $2 million civil rights liability, see Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp.2d 367 (NDNY 2011).
State vilification of “dads-only” raises other serious concerns. There is a thing known as our Bill of Rights. Even if it got by him in civics class, Doug Ducey should have recalled “witch” hunts and public flogging that were outlawed by our founding dads due to their barbaric nature.
Use of the pronoun “his” before the words “child support” has become as common as the illegal aliens crossing Ducey’s state border with Mexico. These criminals bearing vast burdens upon taxpaying “dads” are receiving more protection than our own citizens. Where is that focus?
The criminalization of fatherhood is very real in America today. Increasingly, proud veterans are finding their way onto these Doucey hit lists simply because they lack skills or are subjected to cheap illegal competitors. Any lawyer who stands up to such injustices can expect retaliation.
One gave testimony at a Corruption Commission in New York which was prematurely shut down by the governor who created it. A newspaper later reported that the same governor was seriously behind on his own child support. Like Doucey, he was promoting tough enforcement.
While such hypocrites find it expedient to “beat up” on dads, they are inflicting greater injury to innocent children and national security. Of the 58,000 names on the Vietnam War Memorial, all but eight are men. Is this any way to honor their sacrifices for fair treatment here in the states?
“Uncle Sam” Publius, PhD.
National League of Fathers, Inc.
P.O. Box 8302
Utica, New York 13505