Friday, December 9, 2011
WE NEED A FORUM OF CHILD PROTECTORS AND CLIENTS
Over some time a transformation of democratic freedom has occurred so that enforced compliance to bureaucratic rules and codes is the obligation.
We should be deeply concerned with the actions of B.C.’s child protection services and other similar international agencies about which we read. Citizens need to be heard. They need a voice. There must be a forum, an audience that will listen to the heart cries of thousands of British Columbia’s population. Perhaps the citizens themselves must organize a conference to which news media are particularly invited. And if we move in this direction, we should know what brought us here.
Our constitution defines Canada as a democracy with power in the hands of the whole people. In theory and in most practical ways private disputes are settled from the basis that everyone is equal before the law. When conferring public responsibility upon one person it is not class membership but personal ability that is decisive. Therefore in political and daily life Canadian life is free, open and tolerant. We respect people who are in positions of authority and we obey law.
Over some time a transformation of democratic freedom has occurred so that enforced compliance to bureaucratic rules and codes is the obligation. In hand with this there has been an observable evolution of society into a welfare state and the expectation by citizens is that government will solve most or all social problems. To accomplish this, trillions of dollars must be spent to effect necessary remedies to social ills. Yet social problems to not diminish but escalate, as though society is becoming sicker and that may demand the conclusion that the therapeutic state is incompetent.
When the government is deemed the therapeutic manager of social ills then it must also decide which problems should be addressed with the limited resources of our tax-funded budgets. Bureaucracies determine what problems require curing and what remedies should be used. Prudently, our government has concluded that vulnerable children must be protected. Recklessly, our government has authored a policy that invites abuse from ill-advised protectors, and authorized a protection practice which has virtual performance immunity on the field. Consequently, we have received the delivery of services too often spotted with hasty decisions, inadequate assessment, mistaken conclusions, and unjust treatment of BC residents and citizens. We need a forum by which to say to our government through the media, "we are not going to take it any more."