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November 09, 2007

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Thank you SO SO much for posting this.

""Divorce is just terrible," Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, said. "It's one of Satan's best tools to kill America."

Actually, divorce is a blessed sacrament.

When I was 25, I entered into an ill-advised marriage with someone I wound up supporting for the next three years while he dabbled in art and music but mostly smoked pot. Of course, I thought he'd change after we got married, but he didn't. (Duh!) Divorcing him was the single best decision I've made in my life. The last I "saw" of him was a photo that my daughter (not his, fortunately!!!!) found on the Internet of him being dragged out of a house by a SWAT team. No kidding.

About the same time, a cousin of mine married a guy who had shown signs during courtship of being controlling, jealous, and possessive. The abuse began on their honeymoon. She eventually fled and spent several years fearing for her life.

When I read things like today's story in the Statesman, I honestly wonder whether we are living in America's last refuge for paternalistic scoundrels. The GALL of these men to call themselves conservative, when they want nothing more than to shackle women from pursuing full llives - raising children, yes, if that is our desire, but also contributing to society via careers and volunteer work and art and public service. And to THINK that Steve Thayn took the place of one of the best GOP legislators Idaho has ever seen. WTF?

Kathy Skippen, if you are reading this, I hope you are planning your comeback. Steven Thayn, Dick Harwood, and their cronies must be stopped, stat.

Branden Durst, the only Democratic member of this panel, I know you are a Christian, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a real man and standing up to those who would imprison women in bad marriages.

PS Thanks for the link to the blog written by the stay-at-home Dad. That's great stuff. Of course, Thayn would have none of it.

Julie, I read your fourth paragraph and had to check at the bottom to see whether I'd posted to this topic. :) I had a very similar story except there was a child involved as well -- and no SWAT team, at least yet.

My first thought was a draft Kathy Skippen movement too. My last email address for her no longer works and I can't find one, but she still lives in the area. If anyone knows her well (I know her a little but haven't talked to her since the last election), I'd really urge you to encourage her to run.

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