Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Family Fascism: The Destruction of American families

What the NeoCons (and all those in government) have wrought

Today we are becoming used to the tapes on line that show grieving relatives holding up the body parts of tiny children, killed in a war thought up by Bush and Company as a means of securing the untapped oil supplies from around the world that their Core Constituents have not managed to acquire by other means.

Human life means nothing to those in power. Divorced from human emotion in their insular and privileged world, they can look at 'populations' and determine how people can best be used to help power their policies and profit. Using the medium created through 'family law' government, and through them the same Core Constituencies, have asserted ownership of our persons and our children. Families all over the United States are struggling to fight back.

Greg and Melissa Pound live in Largo, Florida in a four bedroom, two bath house. Their children used to live with them; no more. The Pound's children were happy and healthy before DCF entered their lives. On a day more than two years ago now an accident took place. It could have happened to any of us. That accident was reported in an article written by Robert Hurt, a local man who has become involved in their cause.

Greg’s sister Diane had come to visit and brought her white German Shepherd-like dog. They kept the dog outside, but Diane brought the dog inside to escape the rain. Greg had taken the 3 older children with him to run some errands. Melissa had lain their two-week baby on their large bed, left the room, and closed the door behind her. Greg’s sister went into the bedroom a few minutes later to check on the baby, then left the bedroom, leaving the door ajar. A few minutes later Melissa went into the living room and found the baby lying on the rug, with the dog lying in front of the baby. The baby was not crying.”

The baby had not been attacked; the dog was evidently trying to protect it but in carrying it had left teeth marks on the baby's head. Horrified, the mother called the paramedics, something that any of us might have done. But in this case and in increasing numbers of cases across the country, what plays out is a clever means for converting a cost center, social services, in this case DCF, into a profit generator.

American children and their families are being converted into cash. The means used by the ugly combination of government and corporate (corporament) interests is called by various names across the country, but in Pinellas County, Florida, the violations of America's original vision for the autonomy of individuals comes from the Department of Children and Family (DCF), with such as the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies, helping the Pinellas Court there converting the DCF into a profit center that steals, maims and kills.

The Pounds have struggled for over two years to get their children back. They are not alone. All over the country parents are fighting a war that gets as little publicity as the one being waged on returning American service people, the war on the environment and the war on our right to free and open elections. This goes to the principle of war that says you should divide the potential opposition and make it impossible for them to unite and fight back.

The children taken from homes ring the cash register for such as Tom Delay, who was an early investor in “foster homes” in Texas. Children from such homes can disappear, never to be seen again. The lucky ones are sold to adopting families who really want them. The fate of others we may never know. How the money is generated is efficient and clever.

Foster children are scheduled for appointments with physicians and other professionals who file paperwork to be paid while the services are never rendered. Children in foster care experience increasing health problems. Greg and Melissa's kids, healthy when they were taken, supposedly taken to doctors 70 times now suffer from neglect, ringworms, lice, and numerous other complaints.

The kids in Iraq and Lebanon died quickly, for the most part. Our children are dying slowly. Those that survive will come out of a shattering childhood largely uneducated. Their likely career path will be into a militry that will then be dependent on the draft, now beginning, or into the criminal justice system, which is itself yet another profit generator for Corporament. Some will escape, through change, sheer ability, or luck. Most will not.

Tomorrow, September 7th, the Pounds will be back in court struggling to keep their parental rights intact. Representing themselves, they will most likely lose that battle as well.

Fascism is the merger of corporate interests with government. We can thank the NeoCons for the latest incarnation of that system here in America, but for the appetite and habits that grew it to its present size we can thank both major political parties. The NeoCons optimized the efficiency of the system; liberals birthed it with the best of intentions. If one of them had done the right thing with the power and resources with which both were entrusted today our families would not be at risk and the world would not hate us.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions; greed just paints the line down the middle.

We need to understand the full extent of the problems, see the common strategy that optimizes the profits and control for the Corporament, and take the necessary steps to return to America's original mission statement, never yet realized.

The mistake took place at the time the US Constitution was written and ratified. The Founders did not have a right to compromise on the very simple guidelines laid out. Those were:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...”

Personally, I hereby withdraw consent. These people are not acting for me, not in Pinella, Florida and not in Iraq. Now, how to build out an alternative infrastructure.

Many Americans have confronted problems and accomplished amazing things in the face of untenable conditions. Government, the tool that does not work, has many alternatives.

The Children's Aid Society was founded in 1853 by Charles Loring Brace and a group of social reformers at a time when orphan asylums and almshouses were the only "social services" available for poor and homeless children.

It worked. Today Corporament would make sure it did not happen. The Corporament assets that families, and children, belong to them. That needs to be changed.

Family law can be moved back into the control of individuals. By doing so most of the problems will be solved and the costs drastically reduced for all of us. Many good, decent people are moving in that direction spontaneously. One of those people is a Catholic law professor, the father of seven, who believes in what he calls True Marriage.

Stephen Safranek believes in his mission, which is to return control of marriage to those marrying. That is one of the battles that must be fought.

The bottom line is individuals deciding for themselves, taking the responsibility and being accountable. That was the original Mission Statement.

We need to do this for children here, children in Iraq and Lebanon, and children yet unborn who will come into this world to suffer only death if we delay.

The Pounds in Florida and other families across the country are ready to take action. David Griscom in New Mexico is fighting for clean elections as is Sophie di Vries in California. Stephen Safranek is fighting for our rights through the courts. Soon, Americans will be fighting a draft that will take their children to fight corporamental wars across the globe.

Instead of ghettoizing the arenas where each of us is fighting to retain or restore a small part of our inherent rights, we need to come together; know what is happening and why so that everyone we talk to can see and understand the larger picture.

Anyone fighting the Corporament is fighting for all of us.

Are you ready? Together, we can do anything. Time to reboot starting where ever you are today.

Stephen Safranek will be a guest on the Spiritual Politician this coming Friday at 7pm, EDT. Access the show through

Coalition: Cooperation: Respect, a direction for concerned Americans

After the piece above was published in oped news I received several comments that could be categorized. One type of comment went to the viewpoint that children are less important than (fill in the blank) the specific depended on the particular interest of the responder. Most of these were individuals focusing on issues that did not impinge on family at all.

Another responder thought that unless the focus was not on children but on the adversarial rights of parents it was irrelevant. Each perspective went to the needs and desires of the responder. Each assumed I had written the article because I had not thought about the other issues. They were wrong. I have thought about all of them.

The message I was trying to convey is that while each arena matters most to some number of us the problem we face is systemic. I spent many years working as a libertarian activist for causes in which I had no personal investment. Although I dislike drugs I worked for drug decriminalization., for example. I also worked for the freedom of business to avoid the regulatory interference of government while assuming the justice system would reliably handle where the cases where liability should be exacted. I was wrong about that. Time, if we pay attention, will heal the breeches in our understanding. The lack of liability for big business is one of the weapons converting America into a third world country.

The legal system is entirely corrupt today and that is one of the issues we need to keep in mind. When Wally Olson and I came up with the first deregulation organization, S. O. U. R., Stamp Out Unfair Regulations in 1975 it never occurred to me that absolute accountability would be left off the agenda.

Somehow accountability was pushed overboard. I suspect Ed Crane might know who thought that would be a good idea. See the Hart Williams articles on this.

The whole system, political, judicial, and executive, has been converted from one originally intended to provide services to one that generates monetary benefits of other considerations for those who are supposed to be providing services. Pedophiles are an immediate example of non-monetary beneficiaries of the family law system, for instance. Presumably, Tom Delay is just in it for the money but I have an open mind on that issue.

To successfully displace the present power structure all of the means for conversion must be taken into account and the means targeted for change. It is sheer stupidity to fight a war that fails to deal with the same weapons being applied to different populations. It is also inhumane. All decent people are being harmed. Gloating when others are suffering is just plain nasty.

My suggestion is that someone or several people track developments in each of these arenas, noting the means and so providing better and more informed means for response that keeps in mind the growing general realization that people are best able to make their own decisions and we need to stop using government as a means of using force against each other at second hand.

The original vision was for a people who governed themselves. The unspoken assumption was that we would not be grabbing up guns or laws to force others to conform to our ideas.

Both the Left and Right have continued to bicker about which ideas will be forced down the throats of other people. It is time to stop bickering and move towards a realization of the Mission Statement, allows people to choose for themselves. Americans have proven over and over that this is entirely possible. The government is just people, and generally those in government are less than sterling examples of personal ethics anyway.

Notice the effective responses to Katrina, 9/11, and major emergencies through our history. People dropped what they were doing and responded, doing the right thing without any studies, mandates or guidelines. Life is not rocket science.

Notice that when things do not work the reason is very often those in power who have their own agenda. That agenda usually goes to control, not to real relief.

Instead of the delight of inventing more arrangements for the deck chairs in the Titanic I suggest we be practical.

Whatever government we end up deciding we need should be subjected first to impact reports and experiments on the most local level. If you want to get people to adopt a program prove it works first, for gosh sakes. If it does not work in Podunk, Arkansas why would you want to force it on everyone? Personally, I think we matter at least as much as an endangered species and should be granted the same consideration.

Otherwise let's change our species affiliation to something endangered.

Left and Right is not the issue here, the issue is freedom and accountability for each of us. Coalition at this point is a simple matter of survival.

The original vision for America is still valid. That mission statement is:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. “

Time we started heading in that general direction.

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