Government Takes Children From Parents for the Crime of Living Off-Grid

What would you do if the authorities, be it local, state, or federal, came to your door one day, weapons in hand, and demanded you hand over your children?

I’ve actually thought of this scenario – what I would do if the jackboots showed up at my door. I think about it more since I’ve been writing disparagingly about the government in general and about the present administration, specifically.

It really hit home with me about 18 months ago, when my son had his annual physical and the doctor asked him if there were any guns in the house. He had the presence of mind to answer that, with all due respect, that’s not your concern – and the doctor moved on.

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Yet, these types of scenarios are beginning to play out in real life. You may recall the case of the Meitiv family in Maryland who are being investigated for the crime of allowing their children to walk to the playground by themselves without an adult escort. Oh the horror! These fiendish parents got nabbed by way of an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen who had nothing better to do then to stick his or her nose into someone else’s business.

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Then there is the case of the Nauglers of Kentucky. This family has chosen to “live off the grid.” That’s apparently their crime.

By all accounts, the family, including both parents and nine children, are not malnourished, nor are the children abused. They do have a 10th son, Alex, who is described as “estranged.” He no longer lives at the Naugler Homestead. I guess he lived through the experience and was not being held captive. He was free to leave when he became of age.

But still, some anonymous Gladys Kravitz type busybody called a complaint in to the police. The police, rather than ask if the children were in imminent danger—which they weren’t and aren’t—instead contacted the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the official buttinskies for the state.

Yahoo Parenting reported
that the complaint involved “the families living conditions – which allegedly include residing under a crude tarp construction, having no heat or running water, and having no septic system (which the Nauglers dispute).”

“My reaction to this case is that CPS and those with power in our society tend to make decisions based on what they view as normal or not normal,” says David DeLugas, Executive Director and General Counsel for the National Association of Parents. He continued, saying, “The same protocol should be employed in all situations. Are the children hurt? Are they in imminent danger of being hurt? If the answer is no, then we should ask the question – we should all ask the question: why do anything?”

But CHFS did do something – they took all the kids away from their parents. And, naturally, the public entity CHFS, who is supposed answer to the people, says it doesn’t have to and has put a “gag order” on anyone from answering questions, claiming the information regarding the case is “confidential by law.”

The Nauglers may not live the way any of us choose to but they explain “that they have a wood stove for heat, and open cabin made of metal and tarps, a composting toilet, a pond with potable water, and a generator for power. They explain that they are naturopaths who would seek professional medical care if it was needed, and that they make an income from a pet grooming business. They describe their lifestyle as intentional.”

In other words, they don’t fit the mold of the grand collective envisioned by the nanny state rulers. That’s their crime.

They have a Go Fund Me page set up to help with legal fees, of which they will need every last dime to fight the state and get their children back.

It’s funny (not ha ha) that an apparently loving, two-parent family can be broken up by the state, yet there is never a whisper regarding the hundreds of thousands (at least) of inner city kids out every day wandering the streets by themselves.

Oh, that’s right – the Nauglers are white, so they’re fair game.

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