Monday, October 25, 2010

Know Your Rights AND Use Them; A Civics Lesson


"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. "
Thomas Jefferson



It is not enough for us to know our rights. We must use them. Whether it is at a traffic stop, a trip to Walmart or closing the door on CPS at our home, we need to flex our rights . Understand , that to do so is protecting those rights for future use. If they are eroded in 'small' areas, it will be easier to deny them on a grander scale.

When I teach the children  their Bill of Rights, we also discuss how these rights are implemented in the everyday. The ability to convey the knowledge to another that you will not be intimidated into waiving those rights should be practiced. There are many videos on this topic ranging from law professors to the Legalization Movement. The Rainbows school their followers on their rights. It is preparation , as with any topic, that will give you that confidence to use what is legally afforded us.

As we journey through life things change. I did not concern myself with parental matters until I became one. But I did not wait for the children to put a finger in an outlet to put covers on the outlets. I prepared accordingly. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Could any one of us end up in a situation that requires us to exert our rights?  Just the average traffic stop is this situation.







This is one of many out there. Some are funny in their approach but just as useful.

I try to use the sites  that use references to court rulings. Kidjacked is one of those sites. Flex Your Rights is another interesting site.It may be scary and uncomfortable to look at information like this but to some extent necessary. That is the point of the Miranda Warning. At one point ,the police did not inform you of these rights, the court ruled we must be reminded of them. It is up to us to use them.

From KIDJACKED;

"You, as a parent or care-giver, must be totally informed of what your legal rights are, whether you are a parent caught up in an oppressive, abusive or often unlawful action of CPS, or if you have never been investigated by CPS. Many individuals come to the wrongful conclusion that the parents must have been abusive or neglectful in order for CPS to investigate. This is a myth. The fact of the matter is that over 80% of all abuse calls received by CPS workers are false."

(Highlight mine)

"CPS must by law, investigate the caller to determine if he or she is the
person they say they are and that the accusations are credible. The
call alone, standing by itself, is insufficient to support probable
cause under the law. Many fabricated allegations are made by disgruntle
neighbors, ex-spouses or someone wanting to gain revenge. As such CPS
is required to show due diligence, just as police are required to obtain
sworn statements."
(Highlight mine)

If you protest the war you may need to review and prepare. If you are poor or of color you should review and prepare. Even lawyers must flex their personal rights.






“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”


Dalai Lama quotes (Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, b.1935)

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