Yes, things are scary. BUT, I am encouraged by some of the things I see happening around me. I can see a few of the tables starting to turn on a local, most fundamental level. In their home life, several friends of ours have recently started to grow their own food. They have a desire to become self-sufficient. Many have also been involved for some time now in the home birth movement. Yep, contrary to popular belief, you DON'T have to have your baby in a hospital. Several of them are also foregoing the public indoctrination system and are instead educating their kids at home.
I must commend these parents because by taking the stance which they have taken, they have put themselves right in the middle of the fight for liberty that is going on in this country. In a country claiming to be free, you would think that the aforementioned tasks wouldn't be that big of a deal. Unfortunately, that just isn't the case. There are laws being introduced, like Senate Bill 510, which attempt to shut down our independence in the food arena. And you may think that home birth is a personal choice, but did you know that Certified Professional Midwives have been arrested in North Carolina for assisting with home births? And let's not even mention the tragic event which occurred on the 27th of this month in Pennsylvania where a newborn was seized by police when the mother delayed in signing for a Hepatitis B shot. There are also restrictions placed upon us for homeschooling, one of the very reasons there are organizations like HSLDA.
Now, this leads me to another fight. There are parents we know of who have decided NOT to get Social Security numbers for their children. I'm sure you're wondering just how that's going to work. Quite frankly, we are anxious to see the outcome as well, as we live in a society today which no longer looks at your name, but at your number. Ever try getting a job without one? How about a bank account? A cell phone? How about a simple birth certificate for your "un-numbered" baby. It's a tangled web out there, and to fight this one requires the ultimate intestinal fortitude.
So this got me thinking. Here we are, 30 years old, and we actually know parents now who are doing these things. It makes me wonder what things will look like in 20 years. Will more parents get on this "freedom bandwagon?" Will children be successfully raised without links to this system? Without Social Security Numbers? Will there be at least one generation of "free families?" Will they have to go into hiding, or will they need to be off the grid to avoid some type of felony charge or be accused of being terrorists? Or will this new generation usher in new laws -- a new status quo?
What will be the future of the free family? Perhaps we the people should make that determination.
NC Friends of Midwives:
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Life on a Homestead
North-Carolina American Republic