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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

W to Soldiers: Viva la Divorce!

Why does George W. Bush hate our troops AND hate the institution of marriage so much?

Surely he knows that all good marriages depend on a lot more than some government program that encourages wedlock -- because, government simply can't be trusted to do such important work, right?

And marriage isn't some panacea against all social ills. A small tax break doesn't amount to a hill of beans when there's spousal abuse, drug abuse, child abuse, poverty or any number of other unhealthy symptoms of life that ``a piece of paper'' ain't gonna solve anyway. It might be argued that keeping desperately unhappy people together with their unhappiness is detrimental. But that's for another time.

So it comes with absolutely no measure of shock on CHB's part that the strains W has unleashed on the nation's military are taking their tolls all over the place -- including on the military's divorce rate.

Brig. Gen. Doug Carver, also a chaplain with the U.S. Army, reports that the divorce rate among soldiers is on the rise. This bit of shocking, just shocking reality was delivered to the Association of the U.S. Army, which is hosting its convention in Washington this week.

It's ``not infrequent that we're dealing with families who are on their second or third deployment,'' Carver said of those facing matrimonial pressures. The Army's ``Strong Bonds'' program, launched in 1999 to help promote healthy military unions (of the hetero sort only, you can be sure) attracted a mere 3,000 couples in 2003 -- the year we launched Operation Iraqi Freedom. So far this year, the number of couples in need has skyrocketed to 23,000. This growth is attributed to the war, not to the program's relative novelty on military bases.

The Army announced that it is now looking for even newer ways now to help soldiers spit-shine their marriages. One first step might be to encourage soldiers to vote against candidates who would launch fraudulent wars on a do-it-yourself basis in a part of the world about as hospitable to Americans as hell is to ice cubes.

Another idea might be to hold a president accountable to his ideals: does W or does he not believe in the power of government to solve problems?

4 Comments:

Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

So, how does this reflect on your recent news, CHB?

10/04/2005 4:53 PM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

CHB, thank the lord, is not facing deployment. praise be. until the draft, of course.

10/04/2005 4:56 PM  
Anonymous decorticator said...

"One first step might be to encourage soldiers to vote against candidates who would launch fraudulent wars on a do-it-yourself basis in a part of the world about as hospitable to Americans as hell is to ice cubes."

There you have it. If you know someone in the military who is, or was married, or some who is, or was married to someone in the military, please let them know that without our invasion of Iraq, their marriage might, or might have been in much better shape.

10/06/2005 9:56 PM  
Anonymous tribalecho said...

Hi. Not sure how I got here but I must comment on this: you small blogs must get a lot more comment from the opposition, no? I guess these chicken-sh$ts don't wanna tackle Kos or whatever.

Anyway, glad I found ya. Desktop icon until further notice. I'm a card-carrying member too. I believe in Truth, Justice, and The American Way. (not that El Salvador kinda stuff, but the saving the world from Hitler sort of thing)

10/07/2005 12:33 AM  

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