First read this.
Nearly a dozen members of a police SWAT team in western Colorado punched a hole in the front door and invaded a family's home with guns drawn, demanding that an 11-year-old boy who had had an accidental fall accompany them to the hospital, on the order of Garfield County Magistrate Lain Leoniak.
Obviously, Uncle wasn't speechless for long, and there's a good discussion going on in the comments over there.
I remember one of the first dustups I got into when I started blogging involved a similar issue. A young girl with cancer was removed from her home because her mother believed in faith healing. (I can't provide a link to it because it was on R. Neal's former site.) My point at the time was that once we allow the State to trump the rights of the parent, regardless of the justification used, the State would work to enlarge upon that power.
I was right. We've seen adults 'allowed' to die despite their stated wishes, children pulled from their homes to receive treatment their parents disapprove of, children refused treatment and allowed to die despite their parent's wishes, and now we have a SWAT team pulling a boy out of his home so a doctor can give him aspirin.
It's gotten to the point now where parents will either comply with the whims of the state or they will have their door kicked open and their kids taken away at gunpoint, and if you don't think it is every bit as bad as I just stated then you haven't been paying attention.
How did we get to this place where a local sheriff feels he has the right to send a SWAT team after a kid falls down and bumps his head?
I ran into a similar situation living in Navy housing in Virginia. My daughter was 7 or 8 and went with a friend to find the ice cream truck. They got about 150 yards from the apartment, basically still in her friend's back yard, when a Police officer pulled over and asked them where they lived. They told him and he put them in his car, drove around the corner and up our driveway. He then proceeded to tell me that I was neglecting my daughter and he was going to have to file a report. Fortunately for me, nothing came of it;I guess he decided that he'd put a scare into me and my neighbor and never filed a report. He accomplished more than he thought.
I'll just say this. I know my kids better than any government flunky ever could and that includes their teachers. I know who they are, and what they need, and I will be the one who decides what is best for them. If that makes me a threat to the state, a man worthy of drawing a visit from the local SWAT team if my kid falls from a tree, then America is no longer the land of the free, and we are no longer citizens, but subjects.
Is that what we want? Is that what you want?