Family Tradition

Michelle Parker, a young mother of two, disappeared from her Florida home in 2011 and has never been seen again.  The only suspect in her disappearance is her husband, who has left the state with the two children.  Michelle’s mother, who has not seen her grandchildren since 2011, has repeatedly petitioned the Florida legislature to pass a law establishing the right of grandparents to see their grandchildren.  While grandparental rights are not unknown in the 50 states, the concept has been slow to develop, and in several court rulings visitation rights have been explicitly rejected as violations of state constitutions.

After centuries of activism against the family and several decades of conservative counterattack, the only imaginable redress available to grandparents is to come from the very entities of government that have engaged in a relentless campaign to reduce the once independent strongholds of family and kinship to mere wards of the state.  To understand how we have come this far, it will be necessary to think ourselves back into a time when Indians roamed the plain, and Apple was not.

When future trending bloggers contemplate the opening decades of the 21st century, they will, with the benefit of hindsight, see this period as the culmination of the revolution against human nature that had been stirring in the murkier depths of the Renaissance, came out into the daylight during the Enlightenment,...

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