Markham’s ordeal began in June when she took her son, Caleb, to a pediatrician for a checkup. The new mother was breast-feeding, but the baby, who was 12 days old, had lost 10 percent of his birth weight. The doctor told Markham to take the infant to the hospital. He also prescribed formula as a supplement. Markham ignored those instructions and instead chose to buy organic soy formula and head home. Once the doctor discovered that she hadn’t taken Caleb to the hospital, the police were sent to Markham’s house. She was arrested and charged, and Caleb was taken into protective custody. He was later placed with his grandparents, who live outside the county, which meant that the vegan mother was only able to see her son during supervised visits once or twice a week.
To prove that she wasn’t a danger to her child, Markham has had to have a mental health evaluation, take parenting classes, and undergo drug testing—which seems like a pretty drastic response to a mom wanting to ensure that her baby was fed a vegan formula.
The power that Healthcare workers and the Department of Human Services have in this country is nothing less than terrifying. And people say “if you don’t like America, leave!” It’s not that easy! If I could simply pick a country on the map and go, I would! It doesn’t work like that! Most people don’t have the money to get passports for everyone in their family, buy plane or boat tickets, and secure housing in the new place. And even if they did, the countries that are actually better than this one (in my opinion) have a very short list of occupations that they will accept for immigration. If, by chance, you are qualified for an occupation on this short list, you then have to acquire a job in your desired country before being considered for being allowed to live there. And then you have to get your family approved!
So please, don’t tell me to “just leave”. Trust me, if it was that easy, I’d be gone.
So what can we do then? We have to fight for change! How will change come about? By sharing information and ideas… real ones, not the mass-media produced half-truths that we’re constantly fed. We have to be willing to think critically about what’s going on. We have to free ourselves from this society, constructed carefully by those in power who wish to remain there. (I’m equating power with wealth here, because that’s truly where power lies.)
Don’t be content to remain a cog in the wheel of capitalism. Don’t be content to be blindly obedient, blissfully ignorant, slaves to the wealthy few. Wake up to the fact that you are a slave, born into bondage like 99% of everyone is. Resistance is not futile! True freedom can be achieved. The revolution begins with you.
Morpheus: The matrix is everywhere, its all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window o when you turn your TV. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave Neo, like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you can not smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.
– The Matrix