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Saturday, May 12, 2007

No Focus on the Family

Think of how many conservative organizations have the word "family" in their moniker. The most obvious one is the ubiquitous "Focus on the Family," led by the adultery enabler James Dobson, who proclaims without irony that they are "nurturing and defending families worldwide." Then there is the equally unctuous "Family Research Council," who also claims they are "defending family, faith, and freedom" by promoting it with a xenophobic agenda and the stated belief that "government has a duty to promote and protect marriage and family in law and public policy."

Soooo...if the family unit is so important, and it is up to the government to make the preservation of (white Republican two-parent heterosexual) family life a priority, I'd like to know where the voices of these defenders of traditional Donna Reed/June Cleaver moms are on this issue:

"WASHINGTON - Mothers in the U.S. military are stressed, poorly paid and need more help caring for their children, according to a report issued by Congress on Friday.

Nearly half of all women in the active-duty military have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and 24,475 women are there now, the report by the Joint Economic Committee said.

Yet child-care services are not keeping up with longer and more frequent deployments, said the report, released to coincide with Mother’s Day.

And women get only 6 weeks of leave after the birth of a child, it found."

The report also notes that 40% of the women in the active-duty force have children, and that they are more likely to be single parents than the active-duty men. It also reports that "the military is approximately 35,000 short of expected need” in providing child-care services.

So, ok, Jim and Tony, and all your sycophantic followers...where's the outrage? If your organizations were truly committed to the service of all families, why, I'd expect to hear a huge backlash from your organizations concerning the shoddy treatment of mothers and their children by the U.S. armed forces. But, in between immersing themselves in really important, loving works (such as fighting hate crimes legislation , protecting clumps of cells headed for the incinerator, or championing admitted adulterer Newt Gingrich for president), there seems no time to advocate for exhausted military mothers trying desperately to parent their children in between more frequent and longer deployments.

Well, I shouldn't be surprised...none of those families are named Murdoch, after all...and we all know single parents got that way because of their own irresponsibility, right?

What's really sad is that some of these same women, in such dire straits because of failed conservative policies, probably think James Dobson is a saint. Moms, take note...the only voice in support of your plight came from New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who noted “Making sure military mothers have the quality child care, generous family leave, and access to mental health services they need is key to their family well-being and our national security."

Do I hear an amen, James?...Tony?...

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