Preventing people from harming others is a legitimate role of government. However, when government tries to claim that it has the authority to force people to do or perform a certain action, then the government is no longer legitimate and has crossed over into tyranny. Forcing people to buy health insurance just to obtain ‘legal’ status is one example. No one is harmed if I do not buy health insurance because there is no moral imperative to care for me should I get sick or injured and cannot afford to pay for my own care. Likewise, forcing people to go to school – let alone public schools or schools where the curriculum is controlled by the government – is yet another example of tyranny. Here is just one story about a growing trend of government kidnapping children simply because some official does not agree with their parents’ over how to educate the children:
“According to a recent article from the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), a CPS caseworker investigated the Tutt family’s home and concluded by saying, “There is no problem here.” However, the caseworker also remarked, “Nobody in their right mind would want to stay home all day with so many children!” and ordered Mrs. Tutt to enroll in parenting classes and take a psychological examination. Despite the fact that Mrs. Tutt showed CPS workers numerous parenting class certificates and paperwork certifying her mental health, a local judge ordered the Tutts’ seven children to be removed from the home. In November, armed constables seized the children and kept them under government custody for nearly two months.”
This is kidnapping. Government can have no right or power that you and I do not possess. This is an inherent part of the Social Contract. In this case, there was no danger to the children and no laws were being broken – per the CPS case worker’s own admission. What we have here was a CPS case worker using the power of government to force their personal opinion onto this family, and then using the power of the government to forcibly remove the children where there was no cause to do so. If we did this, it would be defined as kidnapping. So, when the government does it without probable cause to suspect a law has been broken – where this CPS worker had apparently already determined none was – it is still kidnapping. There is even a ransom demand here: that the parents comply with the personal opinions of the CPS case worker. This is the very definition of tyranny!
Now, before anyone objects to my assertion, read the rest of the article. This case was adjudicated and the children returned to their parents. Furthermore, it was determined that there was no legal foundation to justify the actions that were taken in this case.
The couple appealed the decision. The judge ruled that the state return the children. Based on the facts of the case, she determined that the children were removed due to homeschooling, not abuse or neglect. She overturned Olvera’s ruling, which was not based on abuse findings, but rather complaints about homeschooling.
The reversal is good news, but the warning here is clear. There is a generation of bureaucrats who simple don’t accept homeschooling.
The fundamental drive behind these government officials’ actions is the firm conviction that your children do not belong to you, they belong to the State:
Make no mistake: this woman is claiming your children belong to the community, and she believes the community = the government, because the government is the ‘decision maker’ for the community.
This is just another example of the parallels between modern America and 1930’s Germany. If you doubt me, please read the following post from The Rio Norte Line:
Please, do not be fooled. We no longer live in a free country. You no longer have Constitutionally protected rights. You live in a police State where whatever rights and liberty you have is what the government decides to let you have at any given moment. The up-side is that we still have the pretense of a system that allows for peaceful redress, but even that will go away if we do not start using it to the fullest extent possible. That is exactly what I urge you to do. Now, start sounding those alarm bells, because the enemy is not only inside the gates, he is sitting in the seat of power. It will not be much longer before he solidifies his rule and all hope will be lost.
Breaking the law removes the protections of the government and places you firmly in the seat of criminal — period. We need to start treating people that way. In a just world — a world where the rule of law was still in operation — everyone in the government who had anything to do with taking these children from their parents — the case worker, judge and even the law enforcement officers who participated — would be charged and tried for kidnapping and subject to civil suit for violation of civil liberties. And upon conviction, or award, they — personally — would have to pay the fines and not the people. Finally, whether found guilty or not, they should all loose their jobs and be banned from public service of any kind for life. This is the only way we can or ever will protect the public trust: by starting to apply the law to those government officials who violate it.
[NOTE: there is also an attack on the Christian faith connected to these stories. Many Muslims homes chool, or attend Islamic schools, and I have not been able to find similar stories concerning children being snatched from these families/schools. This is not to say that it doesn’t happen, but I cannot find any evidence of it. At the same time, I can find many stories just like this one where Christian families are being attacked on the guise of religious belief — which is what this story really represents. Education was just used as it is thought to be secular, and therefore, easier for the government to manipulate without risk of reprisal.]