Let Me Live In Peace


Dear Government,

I’m tired of worrying about you stealing my life away. I should not have to feel like you are spying over my shoulder every time I do anything. This is America. Land of the free, remember? At least, it used to be.

Let me tell you something, ’cause you obviously don’t know…

I have the right to run my home and raise my children in a way I feel is honoring to the Lord. I should not have to explain my decisions to you, or ask for your permission to do so.

I have a right to refuse to inject my children with viruses which have been propagated in aborted fetal tissue and animal cells. I should not have to fear retribution for refusing your vaccines.

I have a right to teach my children from my home, whatever and however I choose, in a way that I feel is honoring to our beliefs. I should not have to worry that somebody will come and force me to enroll my children in an educational system riddled with child molesters, misinformation, and dumbing down techniques.

I have the right to take my children to see a doctor when they are in need of medical assistance, without the fear of a government employee falsely accusing me of neglecting my child just so that they can steal them away for their own profit.

I have the right to eat whatever I want, however I want. If I choose to eat something fresh, or raw, the way the Lord intended for it to be consumed, that should be my decision to make, and nobody else’s.  I do not need an agency to regulate how I nourish my body.

I have the right to give birth in the comforts of my own home, with the assistance of a trained professional overseeing our safety. I should not have to fear government intervention or retribution for making such a personal and intimate decision on my own behalf.

I have the right to travel without being questioned, or molested by a government official afraid of something that isn’t there.

I have the right to protect my home from those who intend to do harm to me or my precious children, with lethal force if necessary. I should not have to fear being left helpless because you have stolen my only means of true protection away.

I have the right to speak out when I see wrong taking place, even if it is you, our government, which is acting immorally. I should not have to fear being labeled an extremist, and being persecuted as such.

I am not stupid, contrary to what you may believe. I am an intelligent person, capable of making well-informed decisions. I do not need you to force your preferences on me “for my own good”.

I have a right to make my own choices in every area of my life, as long as it does not hurt anybody else.

I have the right to be left alone to live in peace.  I am tired of living in fear of you, Big Brother.

Get out of our homes. Get out of our lives. Do your job and protect us. Protect us from those who would harm us… not from ourselves. Stop trampling on our rights. They were given to us by our Creator, not by you, and you cannot have them.

Sincerely,

A mother. A fighter. An advocate for freedom.

I write this in the wake of the persecution of my beloved midwife, who is not allowed to assist in home deliveries in this state. I write this in the midst of a case against a precious family who has chosen not to vaccinate their children and now has to fight the state which is trying to steal their children away. I write this on behalf of those who love to drink raw milk, and the farmers who sacrifice everything to provide it to their loyal customers. I write this as a homeschooling mom who is prepared to fight the day when it is made illegal.

Why is it that such personal decisions can be regulated by lawmakers who really have no business in our homes and in our lives?

Why do we continue to allow the government to tell us what is good for us, as if we are incompetent fools incapable of making rational decisions?

When is it enough?

When will we stand up and say, “I can make my own decisions, thank you!”

Tonight, I cannot contain my outrage. I feel like shouting at the top of my lungs, “LEAVE US ALONE!!!”, but I am a whisper in the wind.

Even so, let me whisper with all of my might.


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

49 Comments

  1. I realize this is an older post but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this post.

    I’ve just found your blog and have been reading through it the last few days- I love it! There is so much great stuff here. But when I came across this post all I could say was YES YES YES! You took the words out of my mouth. I agree with you on every point!

    Thank you and I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Amen to this! I am a Christian and a young wife, not yet a mother (hopefully soon though!) and I am really frustrated with the way that things are going in America right now. I also want to homeschool my future children, be able to buy raw milk, and not vaccinate at all if my husband and I so choose. We currently live in Illinois, and raw milk is illegal here. The closest thing we can get is non-homogenized vat-pasteurized. My best friend has decided to stop vaccinating her now 14 month old daughter (she so far refused many of the shots, but tried to space out the shots her daughter did receive) and when she told her doctor he was angry and soon she literally had a mob of medical people in the room trying to convince her what an evil mother she was. Finally in frustration she looked them all in the eye and said “When you leave here tonight you can go home and sleep and not worry about my daughter. I have to sleep on what I have done regarding her safety and health every night.” They all walked out!

    • Sarah Jane,

      UGH! I’m so sorry your friend had to deal with that. What a scary and intimidating situation. She is incredibly brave; her daughter is so blessed to have a mother who loves her so much, and is informed enough to stand on her decisions. It’s tough out there, especially when you swim against the tide.

  3. I meant to say, too, that the homestead alternative to $3/gallon milk, by the time you factor in all the expenditures involved over the course of a year, is surely going to cost close to an hour of work per gallon. So it’s easy to understand why people choose the government facilitated system complete with hormones (probably not the much talked about rBGH but very likely heat synchronization hormone injections), antibiotics (routinely at drying off and also at other times), genetically modified feeds grown with chemical herbicides and insecticides, etc., just to mention some of the narrowly defined organic issues.

  4. Hi!
    I appreciate your sympathies, but I suspect that what you’re asking for isn’t so compatible with the kind of consumer life you’re implicitly asking for. At the very least, all of us in this discussion are implicitly supporting electricity, computers, and internet communications. That’s a pretty sophisticated set of technologies, not things that we can enjoy without extensive dependence on the global economy. In order for the government to facilitate our safe participation in a global economy, I think there’s an unavoidable tension with more self-sufficient lifestyles.
    Take your milk, for example. Do you want government to guarantee the safety of the food supply? (That could be described as the government protecting you from people that would harm you.) If I were to sell milk from my two cows, there would be no practical way for the government to guarantee its safety. It would be prohibitively inefficient for the government to inspect every little homestead that ever sold a quart of milk (especially if regulations hadn’t run most of those dairies out of business over the last couple generations), and even apart from that the government has to set standards if it’s going to make any guarantees, and those standards are inevitably going to require that I use commercially produced sanitizers and stainless steel this and concrete this and disposable that. Those kinds of standards are, all in all, very reasonable for the scale of farm that most Americans want to get their milk from (i.e. the ones that can produce $3/gallon milk without subsidizing the cost as a hobby.) So my point is that in order for most Americans to have milk as cheaply and conveniently as only a heavily industrialized system can supply, along with a government guarantee of safety, the standards necessary to making that happen are inevitably going to keep me from selling milk. Even if you’d propose that the government not guarantee food safety, you’re living in a society where 95% of the population wants the kind of life that government guarantees make possible. Granted, 95% of those same people will complain about limits on their freedoms, but talk is cheap; your government knows that what we really want is what we’re consuming, and that’s computers and internet communications and the medicine to make us healthy (regardless of cost) and $3/gallon milk, etc., etc. If we really want more freedom, the place to start is by re-building much more self-sufficient communities. As long as we demand the consumer benefits of a globally scaled economy, our government will provide the globally scaled regulations and laws. I think the best we can reasonably ask for in the meantime is exemptions insofar as we’re really living a different way of life, for example, the way the Amish are exempted from paying social security taxes or from keeping their kids in school as long. To the degree that we can attain the community self-sufficiency that the old order Amish have, I think we can have some hope of being granted some exemptions from laws that really are pretty well suited to mainstream American life. In the meantime, I think our arguments for greater freedom are mostly pretty weak.
    Here’s a quote from one of my favorite authors, Wendell Berry, “It is certain, I think, that the best government is the one that governs least. But there is a much-neglected corollary: the best citizen is the one who least needs governing. The answer to big government is not private freedom, but private responsibility.”

  5. Amen Sister! I think the answer, or some insight at least, lies in the flipside. While you and I and other like-minded people choose to be as self-sufficient as possible, there are many more who are not. We’ve created a society where the attiude is, “Anytime I’m having a problem there should be some kind of government program to help me out of it”. Think about it – the government provides free lunch & breakfast to low income kids, subsidized housing, foodstamp cards, baby formula, subsidized healthcare, and so on and so on.

    I’m not blasting people who are legitimately poor. I’ll give my last dollar to help the guy truly in need. But so many people make it a *lifestyle* to live off the government.

    And when the governnment is the one providing one’s food, shelter, and clothing, it sort of gives Big Brother the “right” to insert themselves into that person’s life. With the number of people who turn to the government for their every little need, it’s not much of a leap for the government to want to insert themselves into the lives of those of us that aren’t on the dole, too.

    People need to – as you said – stop believing they need the government or Big Brother will not go away. I hope and pray that those who are truly low-income, truly uneducated, etc., realize that depending on the government is not the way to a better life. In fact, depending on the government is often what keeps people chained to the bad situation they’re in!

  6. I may be Canadian, but I really feel for you and agree with this post wholeheartedly. We all are supposed to be born with freedom, but the biggest decisions seem to not be in our hands anymore. Recently up here they cleared the path (despite may public outrages and protests) to put industrial-strength wi-fi in our public schools… just one simple look up on the internet will tell you that that is the frequency they used to test on the soviets during the cold war that caused horrible neurological disorders and cancers being directed at them for only a few years… and they were adults, not teenagers and children being exposed for at least 4 years of this awful stuff… ‘couldn’t you at least use regular strength wi-fi which isn’t as dangerous’ was said… but apparently only industrial will help our children ‘succeed’. I don’t even think they need the internet in schools…

  7. Sandra
    besides the other awful things that are in vacines are you aware they are grown either on chicken eggs, or more often, aborted fetal tissue? I have a problem injecting my granddaughter with aborted baby tissue. Just trying to clarify.

  8. As a member of the youth of the 70’s I mourn the fact that my generation was too busy having fun to pay attention to the brewing Political Correctness that allows people with “educated” ideas to overrun the level headed intelligent citizens who have a firm foundation in what is right, how to raise their children and what this country was supposed to be. Our citizens have a “it can’t happen to us, this is the USA after all” attitude. Well we never saw it coming and now the next generation is having to pay for it. We are being legislated on all fronts including what we put into our bodies, what we believe, what we teach our children, how we live, and where. We can’t speak out for fear of offending and have allowed all the imported cultures to literally come in and take over. If this is such a wonderful country people are flocking to our shores, why do they want to change it? Why does the government allow it? Why doesn’t the government do their job and protect us from those sneaking in to do us harm instead of all these rediculous rules, regulations, and actions against law abiding citizens? Kendra I applaud you for speaking out and stand behind you. And I apologize for the mess my generation has made out of this country.

  9. Kendra, if you dont have your children vacinated, arent you afraid of your kids getting disease? Im not from your generation, Im a good bit older than you. I like your blog, but admit, I just dont see eye to eye with your beliefs alot, it dosent offend me, I just dont understand it. ( generation gap , maybe) now, the homeschooling concerns I can see, I homeschooled my kids, and I was always worried about it becoming unlawful. I hope for everyone else it never does. It just seems that you worry and are in fear alot, and you shouldent live life that way.

    • Sandra,

      Oh, I don’t walk around biting my nails and looking over my shoulder constantly 🙂 I just have these thoughts in the back of my mind, and have to express them sometimes. Believe me, I do not live in a constant state of fear. Life is too precious, and I’m enjoying it too much!! I’m just concerned with the direction I see our country going.

  10. You contradict yourself at every turn!!

    You want to be seen by medical professionals when you or your children are sick or in need of birthing assistance??
    Who do you think regulates those doctors and teaching institutions so that not every hack who claims to have medical knowledge can charge you your hard earned money for their services? State and federal governments!

    Your right, you shouldn’t have to fear being accused of child neglect when you take your children to the doctor but a medical profession’s job is to treat and protect their patients! Would you protest so much knowing that truly abused children are saved by the very same services that may inconvenience you? Isn’t a child saved from an environment of abuse worth having to spend a few extra minutes answering a doctor’s or social worker’s questions?

    You may think that you have the right not to vaccinate your child but unless you plan to keep your children in isolation don’t I have the right to know that my newborn (who has not yet had the chance to be vaccinated) won’t be exposed to or get a deadly disease such as measles, polio, small pox, whooping cough (all disease which are on the rise because people are refusing to have their children vaccinated) if I take her out in public.

    Just some thoughts…

    Government isn’t perfect..neither are people but we all have to do the best we can to take care of each other and sometimes that means giving up what we want for the benefit of the group. Let us learn from Jesus and think not only what is best for ourselves but for others as well.

    God Bless.

    • Jen,

      I will respond to your accusation respectfully, for I realize you are probably a nice person in general on the other side of this computer screen, although your words come across very harshly. And no matter what I say, I’m sure you will not agree, for you seem to hold to a very Socialistic viewpoint of which I am adamantly against.

      You seem to think that I am anti-government; that I think we do not need anybody regulating or overseeing anything. I’m not sure where you draw this assumption from, unless you did not read the article in its entirety and within context. Did I not specifically recognized the need for government to protect us from those who would harm us (including “hack” doctors and child-molesting teachers)? I’m afraid you missed the entire point of the article.

      I am anti over-reaching government.
      I am anti losing our right to a choice!

      I am anti being forced to do anything of which I am morally convicted against. I will never follow the crowd or do what is best for the “group” if it means going against Yahweh (God), or what I feel He has led me to do. You reference Jesus, I have to say I am incredibly surprised you would suggest that I do such a thing!!

      You say you have the right to not worry about your newborn contracting an infectious disease… but I wonder, do you yourself get a whooping cough booster vaccine, or any of the others for that matter? Do you realize that you do not have lifetime immunity just because you got shots as a kid? Do you think that you cannot catch a disease yourself and pass it onto your unvaccinated newborn? I’m sorry, but if you yourself are not getting these vaccinations regularly (or have had all of these diseases and have obtained true immunity, which obviously I doubt) you should be more concerned about you yourself passing something on to your child than me and my family.

      I’d also like to point out that vaccinations are not 100% effective. Case in point- the whooping cough epidemic that broke out in California last Fall. I thought this was interesting data (emphasis added):

      “KPBS and the Watchdog Institute requested information from 19 California counties most affected by pertussis. Nine counties supplied pertussis case information and vaccination history. In all but Stanislaus County, more than half the people sick with whooping cough had been immunized.

      As of the end of October, and in cases where immunization history was known, data showed: 83 percent of the people with whooping cough in Fresno
      had been vaccinated

      . In San Luis Obispo, 76 percent were up to date on their immunizations. In San Diego, 68 percent were up to date.”

      So even if you do get yourself vaccinated, you still have a good chance of catching a disease, at least in a mild form, and passing it onto your child (which may or may not be mild for them).

      My point is, I’d rather not take a chance injecting my children with anything unnatural (mercury, formaldehyde, fetal tissue, animal cells, live viruses, etc etc) for that slim chance that it might prevent somebody else from catching something from me or my children. Why would I risk the health and well-being of my child for such a slim chance, when that same person I was trying to protect (you know, for the good of the herd) could easily catch the same disease from somebody who has been vaccinated? It just doesn’t make sense. If you feel like it’s the right thing for you and your family, then more power to you. But don’t force your decision upon everyone else. I HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE AS WELL.

      It isn’t about being selfish. It’s about using common sense and not believing the lies we’ve all been fed. No, I am not willing to hand over my freedom for the “benefit of the group”. And I’m pretty sure Jesus would have agreed 😉

  11. Our son and daughter-in-law had their first child in a hospital. I have it all on video tape. It was horrible. You can hear me saying on the tape, “If we treated newborn animals like this, they would die from the stress.” A week later our granddaughter was back in the hospital.

    So, the son says – no more! 2nd, 3rd and 4th children born at home with a midwife. It was great! What a dramatic difference from the hospital birth! The fifth child – no midwife. Our son and daughter-in-law had the baby at home and delivered themselves. Baby weighed over 11 pounds. Birth went smoothly and quickly. Baby is almost a year old now and a healthy growing bright child.

    We are allowing the government and its corporate partners to brainwash us into thinking that we can only do things *their* way or it isn’t “safe”. Watch for that word “safe”.

    We also homeschooled our children (who are now in their mid 30’s). Now our grandchildren are being homeschooled. Our sons are self employed and own their own businesses as do we. Our parents were self employed as were our grandparents, etc. We do not believe in working for other people as an employee. This nation was built by self employed people and we’ve fallen for the mantra: Go to school and college so you can get a good JOB.

    This is fulfilling what John D. Rockefeller said, “We don’t need a nation of thinkers. We need a nation of workers.”

    The kids in the schools are being trained to be good worker bees – part of the borg, if you know what I mean. Don’t think for yourself – let *us* do the thinking for everyone. We have become a commodity, and we are being managed like a herd of cattle – that’s why they want everyone with ID. What do you do with your cow? You put your BRAND on it.

    I could go on and on but I’ll spare everyone. 🙂

  12. I am in complete agreeance with this post. The only thing I would like to add is that “I have a right to give birth in the comforts of my own home, in whatever way I see fit”.

    I believe a woman has a right to choose whatever birth attendant she wants. That could be a “trained professional”, or it could be a friend, a spouse, or no one at all. That’s between her, her husband, and God- anyone else needs to butt out.

  13. Rebecca said –
    “A pyramid system as a structure will never work. because more than and less than as how we distribute the resources of the earth will always create abundance and lack, those that do not have will do whatever is necessary to survive. Do you blame them? The real crime here is to control in an effort to have more. It is bullying and greed. All movement ( law ) THAT DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE THE RESOURCE OF THE EARTH EQUALLY TO SUPPORT LIFE BEFORE SURVIVAL WHERE SOME HAVE MORE THAN OTHERS IS THE CRIME THAT IS THE PRESENT SYSTEM.”

    “The system must stop, the pyramid must crumble, and it is.
    Equal Money, Equal Life, Equal resource. We are all here, we are all as one as equal.”

    Rebecca, America wasn’t built on “equality of outcome”, but on “equality of opportunity”. As long as equality of outcome is the goal, there will never be true equality.

    Just because I work hard for my profit, and others do not, doesn’t make it “bullying” or “greed”. It is simply “cause and effect” of productivity, or unproductivity.

    • Amen, Joe. I absolutely agree. Yeah, it would be nice if we all had a hunky dory life, but it’s just not like that. Some people have to struggle more than others. It doesn’t make it wrong, it’s just life. If you want more, work hard for it. We should not expect to have what everyone else has and not have to work for it, in the name of “fairness”. Well said, Joe.

  14. Isn’t this some of the things that Revalations said would happen…those that take the mark of the beast for food, etc (ie, government control)? Is the mark really a mark or is it just an acceptance of what is to come? Thank you Kendra for continuing to encourage us especially for those of us that don’t have like minded people around on a daily basis! I know I am getting excited with spring on the horizon & making sure I have enough supplies our garden to be canned, dried & frozen!

  15. It is not about choice, the systems of profit that exist want control, want enslavement to food produced and controlled by a few for profit. It is the same with the medical industry; the vaccines voted in by law makers to be paid for by taxes. Even food stamps create profit off of taxes for companies. What has happened now is that the systems are trying to force their laws/avenues of what is supposedly best ( which is the promoted as fact in media) on the people so that control is in the hands of the few.

    The only way out is to stop the system of control for a few to have more than others. This present debt system is another form of endentured servitude, we have not left the middle ages, but the media would tell us otherwise as we are directed to believe we have freedom and choice, when we really do not.

    A pyramid system as a structure will never work. because more than and less than as how we distribute the resources of the earth will always create abundance and lack, those that do not have will do whatever is necessary to survive. Do you blame them? The real crime here is to control in an effort to have more. It is bullying and greed. All movement ( law ) THAT DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE THE RESOURCE OF THE EARTH EQUALLY TO SUPPORT LIFE BEFORE SURVIVAL WHERE SOME HAVE MORE THAN OTHERS IS THE CRIME THAT IS THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

    Life is what comes first not profit.

    The system must stop, the pyramid must crumble, and it is.
    Equal Money, Equal Life, Equal resource. We are all here, we are all as one as equal.

  16. Amen. I read this post with tears in my eyes because I agree with you 100% and it is so sad that this is the world we now live in. What has happened to our freedom?

  17. Kendra- Do you think we won’t beable to homeschool soon?
    I sure hope this won’t happen because I cannot imagine any other way.
    We are so happy as a family now. Kendra we all need to start coming up with ideas and talking about what we can do when this happens something in my heart of hearts tells me it’s going to happen soon.
    What will we do? any ideas? (seriosly)

    Emily 🙁

    • Emily,

      Yes. I absolutely believe the homeschool community is under attack. Just search headlines on Google. All we can do is join together and fight all injustice we see occurring. We have to speak out on behalf of each other. We cannot be afraid. It is so unfortunate that we have to worry about these things.

      And to answer your question about the midwife situation… I don’t know yet. I have not had a chance to speak with my dear midwife to find out if she will be able to finish out with delivering this baby or not. If not, then I will try to find another midwife who is able. Pray for us!

  18. Kendra,

    I loved your post. It sums up the set of frustrations I acknowledge daily, and then have to put back in their box lest they crowd out today’s joy.

    God bless you for whispering what so many never dare to verbalize.

    Darlene

  19. I shared your link on FB. This is AN AWESOME post! Whispering in the wind with all of my might to… you know if enough do this, the whisper becomes a roar.

  20. What an awesome post, Kendra! My thoughts exactly for the past several years.

    I too, am whispering at the top of my lungs! Keep up the great work!

  21. I read this with tears because SOOOOO many are suffering because of an over-reaching government. I feel for your midwife and the injustice that she faces. So many are being wronged and I fear it’s only a matter of time till more of us face it and therefore, the tears. We are with you, fighting till we cannot. Keep shouting! And whispering…

  22. You can’t hear me but I am applauding very loudly! Yet another great post! I wanted to thank you. It is because of you and your blog that I have been successful with bread making. I follow you from my homestead blog but I have awarded you with The Versatile Blogger award from my Titus 2 blog. I am always inspired and encouraged when I visit you. Please follow my link to read about your award!

  23. One of the best post I have read in a long time! I feel the same way and yet feel so little in this big world. It’s a hard fight and it’s a sad state that we live in as I watch our rights being stripped away and watch as we are invaded moment by moment. God help us!
    Sarah

  24. Oh Kendra, that was AWESOME! I loved your heart in this because I believe it is representative of the hearts of so many of us. Beautiful!…and don’t ever quit shouting, or whispering…I know I won’t. 😀

    Blessings,
    Melissa

  25. Read this on survivalblog this week:

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  26. Love this. I think I have struggled with every one of these thoughts just this week alone. Thank you for helping to “shout it out”!

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