What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
It becomes less shocking each time I read a story like this. With increasingly centralized authority and continual power-grabbing, state and federal agencies use their muscle to pursue whatever political agenda they deem proper. Rule of law is tossed out the window when it doesn’t harmonize with one’s own predilections.
The kicker in this story, however, is the sheriff’s explanation for why they kidnapped the man’s son.
The sheriff said the decision to use SWAT team force was justified because the father was a “self-proclaimed constitutionalist” and had made threats and “comments” over the years.
However, the sheriff declined to provide a single instance of the father’s illegal behavior. “I can’t tell you specifically,” he said.
Seemingly ignorant of the golden rule, the sheriff then admits that he would not tolerate such an action against his own child:
However, the sheriff said if his own children were involved in an at-home accident, he would want to be the one to make decisions on their healthcare, as did Shiflett.
“I guess if that was one of my children, I would make that decision,” the sheriff said.
More stories continue to come out of the woodwork of “social workers” demanding action for some perceived fault of the parents to provide adequately for their own children.
But since when was legalized kidnapping permitted upon labeling someone as a “self-proclaimed constitutionalist”? Or even “making comments”? What’s that one amendment about—you know, the one right before the second one?
Readers beware: I, too, am a self-proclaimed constitutionalist.
Yes, I will seek to provide for my own children in a way that I deem fit. I will clothe them, educate them, feed them, and raise them in a way that is consistent with my beliefs and desires, not some bureaucrat’s. I do and will “make comments” here and elsewhere regarding the inefficiency of big government, the intrusive nature of the nanny state, the sheer illegality of many of its actions, and the loss of liberty such policies cause.
Einstein once said that force attracts men of low morality. The magistrate and sheriff in this story seem to exemplify such a statement. It is immoral to kidnap another person’s child for perceived mistreatment on the word of a few social workers. It is immoral to cast aside the principles of individual liberty that are to be protected by this very sheriff. It is immoral to punish a person who is a self-proclaimed advocate of the very document this nation was founded upon.
Yes, I am a self-proclaimed Constitutionalist. Come what may, I will stand by this nation’s basic laws and uphold them. While our officers and representatives shirk their oath to obey and defend this document, those who do in fact do so are punished and mocked. Why?
As a self-proclaimed Constitutionalist, I buck the common sentiment that the government exists to care for us from cradle to grave. I believe in individual liberty, self-autonomy, and personal responsibility. These words, for whatever reason, don’t resonate well in our current political discourse.
It is a sad day for America when the very laws and principles that once made her great are considered a nuisance by those who have conflicting political agendas, with the backing of executive power to promote their agenda.