I'm sometimes asked what's the accomplishment I'm most proud of. People expect me to list some major initiative I led as governor or perhaps writing some best-selling books or having the top rated weekend show in cable news for six years.
But the answer I give -- always the same.
What I'm most proud of is that my children all turned out okay. Well, so far at least. Being a governor was a challenging job, but it was not nearly as tough as being a dad. Because, that was the one job I couldn't delegate to somebody else. Now, I've never met a parent, even great ones, who felt they did the job perfectly.
But what if the government decided that you weren't being a good parent and they decided to take your child from you? And suppose that same government wouldn't even tell you what you had done to make them believe you weren't adequate at raising your kids. Now, what if your child was an athletic, dynamic young person full of energy who started exhibiting signs of physical weakness and your took her to a hospital to get help for her, but instead the government blamed you for her illness and they took her from you, wouldn't let you even see her without a government supervisor monitoring even so much as a brief visit with your own child.
Then, what if the government abruptly and without explanation forbid any contact with your own child whatsoever. And suppose the child's health continued to deteriorate even more dramatically while in the government's custody, but instead of giving your child back to you, the government gave permanent custody of your child to the government? Now, before you say that such an absurd situation would only happen under a totalitarian government like North Korea or Iran, let me tell you that the very situation that I've described happened in the People's Republic of Massachusetts.
You're going meet the family, you're going to hear their heart wrenching and disturbing story of a state basically kidnapping a child and using all the power that a state has to trample over the most fundamental rights of a parent.
If you are a parent or grandparent, it ought to be a wake up call to action before it happens to you.
I've often said that mothers and fathers raise better children than governments do. Because from our beginning as a society, we've honored the sacred supremacy of marriage and parenthood and we're only intervened in the most extreme cases of physical abuse in which a child was in imminent danger of injury.
There have been a few controversial cases of the courts intervening because a parent refused to provide medical care for a sick child. But in this situation, the parents are the ones who sought medical care for their daughter and are being punished for it.
In America, even murderers and pedophiles have basic rights of legal representation, of knowing the evidence against oneself, and also having the right to face their accuser. None of those things are happening.
Attacks against the family in our culture are bad enough but when an abuse of a family happens at the hands of government, it becomes a call to arms.
This is not a political case -- it's a human rights case and a shocking example of government abuse of power. I pray some judge with a full brain and a modicum of understanding of the Constitution will intervene and stop this madness. And that those who trampled over this young lady's basic rights will have to give an account of their atrocities.