|Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh comes up a lot if one does a Google image search for "Dead Beat Dads".
Once in a while I come across a news story that just breaks me up. I mean breaks me up in the sense that no one can be this blind, or this stupid, or sometimes both this blind and stupid. So sometimes when I need a good laugh I'll peruse the Catholic League website, or Family Research Council website, or any number of uber Catholic websites (to which I now get to add the Archdiocese of Boston's, The Pilot) for a morning chuckle. Today I came across a real laugher courtesy of the Family Research Council. As per the Chicago Sun-Times, we have the following laugher:
Rep. Walsh lauded by group for being pro-family, though accused of owing child supportBy Abdon M. Pallasch Political Reporteremail@example.com November 3, 2011 6:06PM
Republican Rep. Joe Walsh was the only Illinois congressman to be named a “True Blue” member of Congress for “unwavering support of the family” by the Family Research Council Action committee Thursday.
Walsh’s ex-wife says Walsh owes more than $100,000 in back child support for their three children. Walsh counters that he and his wife had a “verbal agreement” that he didn’t have to pay child support during years when he wasn’t earning as much. (This verbal agreement probably was him telling her he wasn't going to pay, leaving her to foot the whole bill for three kids. What if she wasn't earning much?)
“We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom,” said FRCA President Tony Perkins. “Cong. Walsh and other ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.”
“I am proud and honored to be recognized by the Family Research Council as the only member from Illinois with a 100 percent pro-family voting record,” Walsh said in a news release. “Defending American values have always been one of my top priorities, and this reward reaffirms my dedication to that fight.” (I didn't know it was an American value to refuse to pay for your children's support until you determined you could afford it. Hmmm.)
Hold on a second, I don't think I'm quite getting this family values thing. These values as exemplified by Rep Walsh seem to say: 1) women have to carry all pregnancies to term, 2) women who can't afford the pregnancies they are forced to carry to term can not rely on daddy or the government to provide sustenance or medical care for these children unless men say so, 3) women will not be given access to birth control or other forms of reproductive care provided by Planned Parenthood because women are first and foremost walking uteri, 4) poor children will have poor schools, 5) gays can never adopt kids although it's apparently OK for gay daddy's not to support their children from previous heterosexual marriages if they determine they can't afford it.
Why am I having trouble finding any concept of family in these values? Seems to me these values are all about protecting male sexual and economic hegemony at the very real expense of women and children. Maybe I should be weeping instead of laughing.