Are You Really Free? 11 Aug 14

This is a series of articles (sourced from around the web) that aim to show the extension of the State and its power over you.

Don’t you dare feed the homeless!  This story made news a few months ago, when Chico and Debbie Jimenez were fined for feeding the homeless in a city park (Manatee Park, Daytona Beach).  Although the charges and fines were dropped this time, “the couple was warned, they said, that if they re-launch their Wednesday food-sharing sessions at Manatee Island Park in Daytona Beach, they will again face criminal charges – and more. ‘It’s jail time if we get caught,’ said Chico Jimenez, 60, a retired construction manager who, with his wife, a retired auto parts store manager, operates a New Smyrna Beach-based ministry called “Spreading the Word Without Saying a Word.”  City officials claim that acts of charity or kindness in public places requires coordination with social services, based on local ordinance.

Takeaway: You must receive permission from the State to engage in peaceful charity of your own accord. Conversely, you are compelled to take part in “mandatory charity” (as if there could be such a thing) through the tax and welfare structure. This is as absurd as saying that black is white.

Find a food niche and sell lobster dinners to willing patrons? Not so fast! Reilly Harvey had found a winning combination: selling delicious, fresh food from her boat to other boaters that didn’t want to leave the water.  We’re talking lobster, clam, homemade biscuits and pie.  A local newspaper caught wind of her story, and followed her for a night.  The day after the story was published, Harvey received a call from a Maine state health inspector and was told that she needs to update her small boat to be in compliance with mobile vendor regulations. This would include a 3-bay sink and running hot and cold water.  The inspector also voiced concern over Harvey’s habit of being barefoot…on her boat.  According to Harvey, it is unlikely that she’ll be able to get in compliance this season.

Takeaway: It is wrong to produce a good or service that other people want, and voluntarily purchase…unless you get permission from the State.  Regulations that ‘protect’ the consumer actually destroy small business instead.

Hospital to pregnant woman: deliver our way, or potentially lose custody of your kids. Jennifer Goodall, a Florida mom, just wanted some choice in the way she gave birth to her fourth child.  Excerpt: “Ms. Goodall had three previous cesarean surgeries, and based on that experience and careful informed consideration, [sought] to avoid additional surgery if possible and to allow labor to proceed in hopes of having a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). According to medical research, both VBAC and repeat cesarean surgery carry risks. The risk of uterine rupture increases for women who labor after having had previous cesarean surgeries, but the risks associated with another surgery also increase. In fact, undergoing a cesarean surgery for the fourth time carries a 1 in 8 chance of major complications.” Unfortunately for Ms Goodall, the Bayfront Health Port Charlotte hospital had different ideas: she received a letter from the CFO stating that if she insisted on trying a VBAC, she would be reported to the Dep’t of Children and Family services, the hospital would seek a court order permitting surgery, and she would be operated on with or without her consent.  

Takeaway: The boldness and audacity of this hospital and its policies is hard to fathom. Apparently, informed patients are not given choice as to what procedures can or cannot be performed on them. This is a gross invasion of self-sovereignty, and it is a slippery slope indeed.


2 thoughts on “Are You Really Free? 11 Aug 14

  1. Regarding the last story, my wife is a home-birth midwife and she has to deal with this issue frequently. Many women(not all) are traumatized by the caesarean(and sometimes the whole hospital experience) and want to experience a normal labor. She’s had clients threatened by hospital staff with the “we’ll contact Child Protective Services if you don’t do what we say” line before. Women need a knowledgeable person to act as an advocate for them during what can be a vulnerable time. If not a midwife, then at least a doula. Not to mention that hospitals get more money for performing caesareans.


    • Thanks for the comment. It is absolutely insane to me that CPS threats are used against parents who are genuinely trying to do their best. It is massive overreach by ‘authority.’ I understand that sometimes medical intervention is necessary, but this one-size-fits-all, one-plan-for-all undermines the ability of a woman to do what only she can do. When you cannot choose how to give birth, that is an indicator that freedom is valued only in name, not action.

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