01 Sep Parental Rights Under Attack in the United States and Around the Globe
Uncle Sam Wants You!!! This familiar pre-World War I slogan has been used to encourage American citizens to sign up for active duty in order to protect their country from outside intruders. In a recent twist, modern time governments, including the United States have moved in a radically different direction. Instead of Uncle Sam fighting outside intruders, we must all worry about the enemy within. Uncle Sam still wants you…but he is coming for you through your children.
PARENTAL RIGHTS ARE AT RISK
Parental rights are under attack around the globe. The most recent developments are in the United States where the government is attacking parent’s rights from all sides. The government family power grab is not a new concept. For decades the United Nations, a shill for the anti-family movement, has promoted policies that would destroy families from the inside out. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a prominent reminder of how the United Nations – a worldwide government system, can control you and your family.
Other examples of government overreach are H.R. 2343, the Education Begins At Home Act. This was proposed as a means to identify children with developmental problems. Early intervention is certainly something we all support. However, upon reading the actual bill language it is realized that evaluations, drugs and treatment were all government mandates. Parents would have had no say in their children’s oversight and health care rights. It also mandated government home visits for monitoring purposes.
In 2008, H.R. 3289 – The Pre-K Act would have provided funding for voluntary pre-school in every state across the nation. Again, seems harmless enough. However, the Pre-K Act provided curriculum dealing with non-academic issues like gender issues, environmentalism, multiculturalism and feminism. At the time, Sen. Hillary Clinton was a proponent of the legislation that did not pass.
CONGRESS IS COMING TO CONTROL YOUR CHILDREN
Congress’ move toward the takeover of America’s children is chilling. After the 2008 election, the liberals have increased their efforts. A big push to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child has begun. UFI has warned you of the consequences of the US ratifying the treaty and has asked for your help in stopping this threat to the loss of parental rights and national sovereignty. The CRC is not the only proposal to be worried about.
The majority of liberals in Congress are working feverishly to ensure the passage of big government social programs by burying otherwise unacceptable language in top priority bills. This technique is used covertly by the current administration as a means to a political end; satisfy the liberal fringe while hiding controversial proposals from the masses.
The current Congress and President believe that government knows how to parent best. But they fear the people of the United States will rebel against too much government intrusion if their proposal becomes public. Parents might begin to hear about cases of restraining parental rights similar to the one example in Canada where a court overturned a father’s grounding of his 12-year old child, deeming it unfair to the child.
Unable to gain the support of the American People with legislation and treaties that will erode parental rights, the liberals new tactic of “hide and seek” is now playing out in HR 3200, the House version of the health care reform bill.
HIDE AND SEEK: READ THE HEALTHCARE BILL – PAGE 838
Everyday the momentum against the President’s Health Care bill becomes stronger. The reason is simple; more and more people are actually reading the 1000 page bill. H.R. 3200, the House version entitled, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”, is sponsored by several Congressmen, including John Dingell, Henry Waxman, and Charlie Rangel. Hidden within the bill on page 838, in Section 440 is this language titled – “Home Visitation Programs for Families with Young Children and Families Expecting Children,” The title, itself, should take your breath away.
Deborah Stevenson, Executive Director of NHELD – National Home Education Legal Defense in her article warns readers that, “This section of the bill authorizes the provision of federal money to be given to states on the condition that the states will develop certain programs that include “voluntary home visits” by government officials”. Her research is used throughout the remainder of this article and UFI commends NHELD for their work.
These government worker visits will be modeled on programs that:
“adhere to clear evidence-based models of home visitation that have demonstrated positive effects on important program-determined child and parenting outcomes, such as reducing abuse and neglect and improving child health and development”;
“establish appropriate linkages and referrals to other community resources and supports”;
“monitor fidelity of program implementation to ensure that services are delivered according to the specified model”;
“Provide parents with — knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains.
– knowledge of realistic expectations of age-appropriate child behaviors;
– knowledge of health and wellness issues for children and parents;
– modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices; and
– skills to recognize and seek help for issues related to health, developmental delays, and social, emotional, and behavioral skills.”
The intention is good, but the means and outcome will be devastating to parents, children and families. There are several provisions in the bill that call for alarm:
Information about you and your family will be gathered during the home visits and shall be shared with other government agencies, like adult and child protective services.
Reports are due back to the federal government on what was learned during the home visits, including who and what is happening in the privacy of your home; how your children are schooled, trained, are fed and any religious activities that go on in your home.
The strength of any program can always be found by the amount of money attached to it. In this case, funding is rather significant and increases over time, concluding that the program will grow over 5 years time.
$50,000,000 for fiscal year 2010
$100,000,000 for fiscal year 2011
$150,000,000 for fiscal year 2012
$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2013
$250,000,000 for fiscal year 2014
STIMULUS STICKS IT TO PARENTS
States are scrambling for funds to balance their budgets and keep government programs working. HR 3200 promises stimulus funds to states that participate in the “voluntary” home visits. If states accept the money, they are then mandated by the U.S. federal government to be in your home.
There is a strong possibility that this will happen if the bill passes.
ACT NOW BEFORE THE BILL BECOMES LAW
Here’s what you can do:
1.) Don’t Give Up!!! — continue to contact your Members of Congress by phone, email and in person. Make your voice heard! Find your congressmen’s contact info by clicking here. –https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
2.) Attend town hall meetings and ask your member of Congress to oppose any bill that mandates abortion coverage and restricts parental rights. – The largest gathering against the health care bill will take place in D.C. on Sept. 12, 2009.
3.) Share with all your friends and family your concerns about parental rights being under attack in the Obamacare bill.
4.) Forward this alert to 5 of your friends and family so that they too can make a difference.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
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