All Your Children Belong to UsPosted: July 6, 2014 | |
It’s a good question to ask this Independence Day weekend, as Americans reflect on the birth of a nation dedicated to the preservation of individual liberties: “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.”
“Don’t pretend to be shocked by this development. This is not a radical, new idea…”
But as government grows bigger and more powerful, as politicians, bureaucrats and busybodies increasingly think they know best, American families constantly must fight interference in their most personal decisions and judgments.
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Of all the threats to our freedoms — warrantless snooping, government secrecy, expanded police powers — none worries me more than the relentless march of the Nanny State, which not only assumes that all parents are unfit to raise children, but that parents themselves must be treated like children.
It’s not a stretch to say that this movement considers all children the property of the state. As proof, look at what’s happening in Scotland.
The Scottish government for years has pursued what amounts to state-sponsored surveillance of families. By August 2016 — unless a court or public pressure can stop it — the country will appoint an official state guardian for every child in Scotland.
The jobs will be filled by teachers, social workers, health care professionals and the like. The feel-good part of the plan makes every guardian a personal resource to families, available to answer questions. The sinister part of the plan gives those guardians access to a family’s records, and requires them to monitor and report every child’s development and welfare and recommend household changes. Thus, legislation to expand free school meals and subsidized child care becomes the means to create the Family Stasi….(read more)
Glenn Cook (email@example.com) is the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s senior editorial writer. Follow him on Twitter: @Glenn_CookNV. Resuming July 14, listen to him Mondays at 4 p.m. on “Live and Local with Kevin Wall” on KXNT News Radio, 100.5 FM, 840 AM.
- Every Child in Scotland to Be Supervised by State-Appointed Busybody (reason.com)
- All Parents to be Supervised by State-Appointed Guardians in Scotland (freerangekids.com)
- SNP hires 500 health staff as child guardians (scotsman.com)
- Government plan assigns nanny to every child (mobile.wnd.com)
- Adoption Bottleneck in Clark County (lasvegas.cbslocal.com)