When People Fear Their Government

The doctor looked at my wife and I like we were evil. He tried to convince us that we were wrong. We didn’t want our two young sons to get the flu vaccine. For us, it was just too new, mysterious and ineffective. We stood our ground, said thank you and went back to the safety of our own home.

Anna and Alex Nikolayev weren’t so lucky.

Their baby, Sammy, has a heart murmur. Like my wife and I, Anna and Alex weren’t so sure about the prescribed treatment for their son, who also had the flu. There were mysterious shots with no explanation and even talk of heart surgery. Alex and Anna wanted a second opinion before taking such a big step. They didn’t have a problem with the idea of heart surgery, they just weren’t too sure about it being done at a hospital where they didn’t feel comfortable.

And so they got Sammy and they left.

Instead of going home they went to another doctor. A doctor that released the baby to go home under the care of his parents.

But, for the police and Child Protective Services, a note from the doctor just wasn’t good enough.

So CPS, under police power, entered the Nikolayev home and took Sammy from Anna and Alex. The agency with the title of Child Protective Services did anything but protect baby Sammy. They kidnapped him. And the police stood by to ensure that it happened peacefully.

Would you stand by peacefully while Child Protective Services kidnapped your child?

Somehow, aside from their tears, Anna and Alex did remain quiet. My guess is that the four or five armed police officers had something to do with that. One of them said the following during the kidnapping.

“I’m going to grab your baby. And don’t resist. No fighting. Okay?”

When people fear their government, things have a way of getting turned upside down. People enlisted to protect children put them at risk. Officers sworn to uphold the law pervert it and abuse the very people they are supposed to serve.

Maybe that explains why more Americans fear their own government than they do an foreign terrorist.

But don’t think for one second that this is an Obama problem. Or even a Bush problem. They both have their share of guilt but the blame can’t be pushed off on them. Nor can it be pointed at the international terrorists. No, to find the real culprit we have to look in the mirror. And mirror looking can be painful.

But we are the ones who do nothing when our government gives itself permission to look through our phone records, e-mails and sock drawers without a warrant. We tell ourselves that it’s worth it as long as it keeps the bad guys at arms length. But all the while we fail to see that the bad guys are the ones doing the searching. And in some cases we voted for them.

We are the ones who convince ourselves that America wins again when police roll down our streets in tanks and force innocent people from their homes. Hey, they did get the bomber, right? But what precedent was set? Do we really want the fourth amendment suspended in the event of an emergency? It’s sort of like my mom told me a long time ago when I got a credit card just for emergencies.

“You’ll be surprised how many emergencies come up now.”

And none of us really cares about Anna, Alex and Sammy. Deep down we try to convince ourselves that they probably deserved what happened before flipping the channel to Celebrity Diving. What would our forefathers say?

“Wait. You sat by and did nothing while police stole a baby from his rightful parents just so you could watch Louie Anderson jump off of a diving board. Louie Anderson?!” George Washington

Bread and circus. Fat and happy.

When I was a kid we used to worry about the Russians attacking us because they hated our freedom. A few years later the Russians were replaced with the Taliban. They didn’t like our freedom either. And now that’s changed. Now we fear our very own government.

It seems as though the Soviets and the Taliban aren’t the only ones who have a problem with our freedom.

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson