Moral of the Cassandra C Story: The State Owns You, Citizen

Update: Cassandra C has written her side of the story, a segment of which can be read here.

Chances are you’ve heard about the  17-year-old girl who is in temporary custody of the state of Connecticut after she refused to undergo chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Let’s be very clear about what is going on. Against her will and the will of her parents, she was kidnapped by state employers on orders of a judge. She has been forced to undergo surgery. She is not allowed to leave her room in any way. The hospital has a staff member at the door  at all times to prevent her from leaving. Her cell phone was confiscated.

Throughout this entire story there is a common theme similar to the tale of Justine Pelletier. The state owns her. She does not own herself (I won’t hold my breath awaiting feminist outrage and claims that it’s “Her body, her choice.”).

Her mother has filed a lawsuit and the case will be heard by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Moral of the Story: The State Owns You

Again, I say it: The state owns her, and you. You belong to them; or at least that’s what it believes. A group of ephors get to decide if her parents should have their parental privileges and the girl’s privilege over her own life restored.

This is nothing but state-sanction terrorism. All those who operated on this girl against her consent are guilty of assault. Any law enforcement officers and hospital employee who enforced the court order are kidnappers.

Some might say that this is different, because she has cancer. Last time I checked, being seriously ill doesn’t mean you lose your rights.

Read the argument made by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families defending their kidnapping. This argument could be used for any medical situation, or lack thereof.

What they’re doing is evil, pure and simple.

Stories like these hit a raw nerve with me. I am not married and have no children, but there is something instinctive and primal about respecting a man’s authority and responsibility over his children. It’s about as fundamental a right as it gets.

The Stuff That Revolutions are Made of

All I can say is the DCF was fortunate the father of this girl was someone else and not me. If it had been, filing a lawsuit against the state would have been the last of their worries.

These scumbags have no idea the degree of anger they create among regular people, who read these stories, quietly fuming as they also contemplate the possibility of it happening to them. They may not say anything or do anything – yet. Nevertheless, the profound resentment is there, lurking beneath the surface.

The state is prodding a sleeping giant. Most people are peaceful and will not resort to violence even when justified. But depriving them of their children, and inflicting harm on them in the process, is to play with fire. For tens of thousands of years, parents protected their progeny against wild animals or foreign invaders with violence. Historically, it has been the norm.

For years, the state has been badgering and provoking citizens by committing crimes like stealing their children, all under the threat of or actual violence. Meanwhile, citizens have restrained themselves out of a desire for peace or practicality.

Sooner or later, they’re going to say “To Hell with it!” The state will try to kidnap the wrong child, and instead of sending the state terrorists a subpoena, the parents are going to send them to the morgue. The state, zealous to defend its claim over their lives, will send in the goons to restore their authority.

At that point, they’re going to discover just how hated they truly are.

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2 Responses to Moral of the Cassandra C Story: The State Owns You, Citizen

  1. Pingback: Libertarians Shouldn’t Have Kids if They Aren’t Willing to Protect Them From the State | The Anarchist Notebook | Libertarian Anarchy

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