By Emily Geiger
I heard a very interesting little news blurb on the radio yesterday about Harry Reid claiming that Congress had to pass the jobs bill to stop domestic violence because unemployed men “tend to become abusers.”
There are a lot of things wrong with this statement.
First, let’s not confuse the issue. As a woman, I’m offended that Harry Reid is trying to use the issue of domestic violence to guilt and pressure other members of congress into voting for his stupid bill and to try to scare average Americans into supporting said stupid bill. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and its victims should not be used as political pawns for the liberal Democrat agenda.
Second, let’s not imply that all unemployed men are perpetrators of domestic violence or even potential perpetrators of domestic violence. If I were an unemployed man, or just a man in general, I’m offended by the insinuation.
In my experience, there are men who are will to cross the line of beating their wives/girlfriends and there are those who wouldn’t even consider it. There’s not much in between. While I don’t doubt that some wife beating asshole who happens to lose his job is going to take it out on his wife, he was going to take it out on his wife anyways… he’d just find some reason, any reason. Now he’s just home more often to beat her more often.
However, as I said, most men would not cross that line. The consideration would never even cross their minds.
As for the other aforementioned assholes, criminal law is a function of state government, so if Nevada is having a problem with domestic violence, perhaps Harry should be lobbying his state legislature to do more about this issue, like giving perpetrators more than just a slap on the wrist.
You know, I hear Harry might have some free time on his hand after November. I expect a person who cares so very much about this issue to get involved, maybe even run for the Nevada state legislature to do something about this very real problem.
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