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Response to msanthrope (Reply #258)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:30 AM

269. No, it doesn't. It spells out a very common story in this country of someone who has been trying

hard to make it but has run into problems while weighed down with obligations and no way to meet them. He is representative of millions of people in this country, where one illness, or one major car problem can be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

I see nothing in his diary that would lead me to believe he is an addict. You are speculating. Being poor can cause exactly the kind of situations he has described.

Not everyone who has a run of really bad luck, especially after a shattering blow such as a betrayal by someone they love, is an addict. An emotional blow can render someone helpless for a while, and if they have no buffer, no big savings account to fall back on, which few of the working class have, that period of time can send them on a downward spiral which it is hard to recover from.

The children should be the first consideration. No judge has the right to take a father away from his children, no matter what biases he has. He sounds like a Republican to me frankly.

The diarist has a good relationship with his children. They don't want him to go to jail. THEY will be deprived of the time they get to spend with him if he goes to jail. But no one is representing the children.

One person in the comment section advised him to apply, on behalf of the children, for legal representation for THEM. Everyone is making decisions FOR them which could have long-lasting, disastrous effects on their lives, just so this cold, heartless society we have become, can get revenge on someone for being poor.

That was the best advice he got so far and I hope he is able to do it. For a child to see a father they love sent to jail by their mother, can cause them intense pain and huge resentment of their mother. None of which will improve their lives at all. And this is supposed to be about them.

Les Miserables. If he had money, he could be the shittiest father in the world, one who never bothers to even see his kids and nothing would happen to him.

The author of the diary spends time with his children. But the court doesn't value that. How sad that our 'justice' system places so little value on the most valuable asset a father has to give his children, his love and his time.

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