HR 1934: Statism Run Amok in Washington

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.” – Adolf Hitler

On the heels of State Senator Don Benton’s attempt to dictate to Washington State citizens how long they should remain married comes HR 1934 , a bill with 59 co-sponsors in the State House, including seven Republicans (Reps Hope, Nealey, Johnson, Smith, Magendanz, Fagan, and Walsh). This amazing piece of legislation would allow a judge to order a parent to surrender their own child for regular visitations with anyone who can establish that they have had a non-monetarily-compensated, “ongoing and substantial relationship” for at least one year with the child. This might include grandparents, former foster parents, former significant others, neighbors, Sunday School teachers, Boy Scout Leaders, that weird unmarried uncle you don’t want your kids around…anyone who a judge deems to have met the criteria, the will of the parents notwithstanding.

The fact that legislators, including ‘small-government Republicans’ continue to put forward legislation that assumes that the State has a right to meddle in any and every facet of our private lives and families should confirm to us that the Liberty movement is an idea whose time has come. The founders of this country were often given to citing ‘Natural Law’ as a basis for the overthrowing of tyrants. God put children under the stewardship of parents; it is the most sacred and well-established, self-evident relationship on Earth, and no state or agent thereof can supersede that relationship.

Every citizen must draw a line in the sand beyond which a government may not go. A law-abiding, peaceful person has the right not to be interfered with by the government. For me, the line is when the State dictates to me how I should raise my children and to whom they will be subjected during their formative years. I do not give my consent for the State to determine these things on my behalf. I also do not give my support to any politician who believes he or she can erode at my God-given parental rights via legislation, no matter which party they identify themselves with.

  1. normallysane says:

    When a parent’s rights infringe upon the rights i.e., endanger the life, liberty, safety and well being of other’s including those children, then we the government er people reserve the right in the interest of our own rights to revoke your parental rights. After that we will see you in court, no doubt.

    But those who would act on behalf of We the Government better have a rock solid case.

  2. Your point is only tangentially related to this bill and its aim. The chief goal of the bill is not safety for children – there are already laws for that. The bill is meant to compel parents to allow third parties access to children against their will. As a law abiding citizen, I expect not to be infringed upon by government. In terms of my children, my own stewardship transcends any other. Period.

  3. Ron says:

    “there are already laws for that” – that pretty much says it… “too many already” I’d say.

    “Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.”
    ― Walter Savage Landor

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