The Democrats in Washington are trying to shove the renewal of a bad law down our throats again. The Democrats see it as a chance to do politics as usual in Washington. A few Republicans are starting to stand up to this really bad law.
What is it?
It is a monstrosity called the Violence Against Women Act.
VAWA was originally passed during the Clinton Administration and has been periodically up for renewal since then. This is one of those years.
The Democrats and their allies in the drive-by media love to set the stage for this horrible bill. They love to shout Republicans support beating women and violence against women.
VAWA has been a sop to feminists and simply bad law.
Under VAWA, money is made available to the states if they do what the Feds want. What the Feds want is mandatory arrest policies, overuse of restraining orders and the funding of feminist infrastructure.
I have seen VAWA first hand. When VAWA was first enacted, I was working as a prosecutor. During the existence of VAWA, I have worked as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. VAWA created a new bureaucracy of “domestic violence advocates.”
Under VAWA, mandatory arrest policies were created. There is no proof that these policies do anything to stop domestic violence, but the Feds know best. Prior to VAWA, domestic violence was prosecuted. But many times, police officers would respond to a domestic violence call and decide there was nothing going on and tell the people, “If we have to come back here tonight, someone is going to jail.” Now with VAWA, the police operate on the belief that if they go to a domestic call, someone MUST go to jail.
VAWA pressured the states to create “Protective Orders.” If someone claims they are a victim of domestic violence, they can go get a restraining order. First, the alleged victim can get what is called an “ex-parte” order. That means the person who the restraining order is sought against, is not notified until after the order is in effect. Ex-parte orders can direct that someone vacate their home with no notice and no time to collect belongings. They can award child custody without a hearing. It can award child support and alimony without a hearing. They strip someone of their Second Amendment Rights, again without a hearing.
One judge I know calls Orders of Protection, as they are known in Tennessee, “a poor man’s divorce.” He calls them that because if a woman goes and gets one, the divorce is basically decided at that point and the man will have little chance to have any of it reversed.
Think about it for a moment. You’re a man who comes home from work one day and you’ve lost your home, your kids and everything based on an accusation with no proof.
If you ask almost any lawyer in either the criminal justice system or the domestic or family courts, they will tell you these orders are the most abused procedure in the justice system.
Tacitus said, “the more corrupt the society, the more laws it has.” This is very true with VAWA. Perhaps the worst part of it is for the people, mostly men, who are arrested as a result of this law.
Often they will not have the resources to try and defend themselves. The punishment that is often imposed is anger management or as some jurisdictions use the politically correct term, “Batterer’s intervention programs.” The men accused must endure what amounts to political indoctrination that can last up to a year. They are forced to pay for these classes so they will not go to jail.
All of that aside, there is no proof VAWA works. All it does is create a new class of criminals. These are mostly men, though sometimes women, who twenty years ago would have never been arrested.
Instead, thanks to VAWA, more men and women are forced through the system so it can perpetuate itself.
VAWA is an expensive failure and should be allowed to expire. The Republicans should counter the Democrats’ mantra about battered women with the stories of men and women whose lives have been ruined as a result of the misuse of the legal process under VAWA.
The Republicans should do this. Given the lack of political courage the Republicans show, they probably won’t.
They should fight to end the phenomenal waste of money that is VAWA.
Unfortunately, they probably won’t.
Judson, you nailed it with the Tacitus quote. Much of the reason I'm more than happy I don't live in New Jersey anymore. NJ is a state that makes laws to support laws which countermand laws then clarify laws to fix laws that abridge laws....etc etc..........
As a Cop for 25 years, up to 2005, I saw this ugly monster come to life here in Oregon.
You have to keep in mind one thing; The Gov has found a way, through societies approval, to remove a RIGHT from a citizen, to own or possess a firearm, based upon unchalllenged and unsupported facts. When the Gov is kicking on a thousand doors and it hears "just one" beginning to crack, they focus on that one because it offers success. Since when can a Citizen lose a Constitutionally Protected Right over this kind of crap.
As long as we sit still for this nonsense, the closer we are to having NO Rights.
The Patriot Act is all about this nonsense of No Due Process and loss of every right afforded by our Bill of Rights with no proof, no challenge and no due process, no challenge to evidence, no truthful requirment to NCIC entries about you.
This crap is hatched mostly by Republican/Facists like Bush and Cheny who really don't think We The People have ANY rights beyond their benevolence. Obammy just jumped onboard, thinking he can use these tools developed by Republicans. WE the People are the victims.
We should be pouring into the streets with torches and pitchforks, but all we do is complain on the internet.
We need leadership
I have a potato fork and am willing to take to street. But it would be pretty lonely just me and you out there.
Tom,....it may be just you and I, but we'll raise hell.
If others join in, they will probably bring a complete place-setting because most will want to stop and eat first.
I can get the wooden spoon my mom use to whip us with when we where younger. Is could be used to stir the stew with.
There are people in this group (and others) who have been educated for -- and are well qualified to -- create a plan for us to follow should the worst possible scenario happen. We can't just re-act -- we must have an organized plan so that each of us will know what to do (if anything). Obama would prefer to "surprise" us so that we'll just scurry around and accomplish nothing. No doubt, he will cut off all possible communications. Our leaders know who they are -- and will step up to the plate when needed.
Elizabeth, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who believes that! I have to believe it - I'd lose my mind otherwise. In the meantime, keep calm & carry on. :)
RE: all this EO crap. obum can sign executive orders until the cows come home. His EOs are not worth the paper they're written on. Patriots! He is an uneligible usurper, and now we have the backing of the Cold Case Posse that declared - and very professionally I may add - that BO's 4/27/11 birther certificate is a fraud. I don't know about you, but I had to produce my birth certificate a few times in my life and I always checked it over for accuracy. Barry boy, being the intellectual (LOL) he is, must have checked over his BC for accuracy, n'est pas? So, if he flashed it and flaunted it, and delightfully rubbed it in Donald Trump's nose, then HE must have been certain that it was the real thing. Sheriff Joe, being the cool and coy lawman that he is, gave Barry a long rope to hang himself with. Barry is sweating. Soros is flirting with a coronary, and the left are biting their talons. PLEASE!! Focus on his ineligibility and that he's NOT qualified to be in our White House AND not eligible to run [again] for office. It's RESIDENT Obama if you please.
This is frustrating! I've always had difficulty posting from my phone, and now I can't post from my laptop. Anyone else having this kind of difficulties and/or is Big Brother screwing with this site?
This law deminishes the real nead for a "restraining order". It deminishes its validity and effect and is used as a tool. Bad law as usual from the left.
Sue, Simply stated, it would be mob rule. Our founding fathers fought hard against it. But why not throw them under the bus, too. After all everything good and decent already has been thrown away.