Friday, April 1, 2011

We're the government-We know better than you!!!

Got to be free to do what I want
Walk if I want and talk if I want
Got to be free to say what I want
Make what I want and play what I want

I've got to be proud and stand up straight
And let people see I ain't nobody's slave
I've got to be free before it's too late
I've just got to be free
"Got to be Free"-Ray Davies

What is the single most defining positive characteristic of America? I would argue that it is freedom. It's the freedom of the individual to make his or her own decisions for better or worse. Although it's become associated with right-wing thinking the statement that "The government which governs least governs best" was actually first popularized by Henry David Thoreau  who by no means could be considered a right-winger.

Plenty of people disagree with what exactly "freedom" means or if people should even have freedom but fortunately those people are still in a minority in America. Unfortunately many of these folks do work in areas where they get their greedy little paws on legitimate authority and proceed to abuse it. We've all known some of these people.

Police can be the worst and most dangerous because they can actually kill you but whether it's the irritating bureaucrat who won't get off her large fundament to assist unless something is signed and notarized in triplicate and approved by nine different bosses or the procurement manager whose only answer to questions about process improvement is "We've always done it this way" or the crusading do-gooder who once elected to office, immediately tries to outlaw anything HE thinks other people might enjoy, such people ALWAYS have to be watched VERY carefully.

Recently, Maryanne Godboldo , a Detroit mother, found this out the hard way when police showed up to take her daughter from her. To summarize, Mrs. Godboldo voluntarily took her child to the Children's Center, a medical group that works with troubled children, because she was worried about her daughter's behavior after a series of immunizations. The Center prescribed some psychotropic drugs, which only made the daughter's behavior and symptoms worse. The mother did some research and visited another doctor, who recommended taking the child off the drugs. The mother agreed with the doctor and ended the drug treatment for the child. Normally, that would be the end of it yes?

Not so fast. Michigan has a particularly aggressive Child Protective Services (CPS) organization. CPS told Godboldo that she either had to continue the medication for her child or surrender her child to the state. Not being under any court order to do so she refused. Soon thereafter, Detroit Police and CPS workers, apparently without a warrant, showed up at the lady's home. After an attempted break-in a shot was fired and a standoff ensued which ended with the mother surrendering custody and being arrested by the police. The child was taken into state custody where evidently she was given the problematic drug with NO CONSENT by either of her parents. This didn't go over well with a wide variety of Michiganders of all races and political viewpoints.

Humphries said she didn't see Godboldo as a risk to the public, and noted Godboldo has the support not only of a large local family, but a growing number of national advocates. A broad spectrum of activists, conservatives, liberals and anti-immunization parental and civil rights groups are expected to attend a rally at 9 a.m. Saturday to support Godboldo at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, 18700 James Couzens Freeway.
"We are going to have an extremely interesting collection of Americans who believe in the sanctity of family, conservatives and liberals, coming together for this mother," said one of the event's organizers, Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "We have received word that people are coming from the holistic health community and even representatives of the tea party in west Michigan."

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor William Burton unsuccessfully argued before Humphries today that Godboldo is a danger because the police report describes officers being sprayed with plaster dust by a shot that struck a nearby wall.

Folmer told Humphries that Godboldo didn't shoot intentionally at police, and the issue is complicated by the constitutional rights of parents to make decisions for their children and a homeowner's right to defend herself.
"It was my client who had to endure the onslaught of police unlawfully taking her child," Folmer said.

So what's your take? Is this not an excellent example of government overreach? Can you imagine declining a drug and having your doctor call the police to FORCE you to take it? Why wouldn’t you resist illegal police actions? Won't episodes like this make people even more leery of doctors? Would you ever imagine that the Tea Party and Black coalitions against Police Brutality could find common ground?
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