"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." - Adolph Hitler (Mein Kampf)
The above statement has been said by our current political leaders at one time or another. Most recently in regard to the case of Lane Mikaloff. Lane Mikaloff served 16 years in prison for rape. In November of 2002 He was paroled by the State of Ohio and has been living in a house his family has owned for half a century. He finished serving his parole in 2004.In 2005, the State of Ohio sent him a letter telling him he had to vacate his house because he was violating a law that was effective in 2003 that prohibits sex offenders from living within a 1000 feet of a school The law, declared our leaders, such as Summit County Prosecutor Sheri Bevan Walsh protects our children. On September 5, 2007 Judge James Gwin of the U.S. District Court found the 1,000-foot restriction to be an unconstitutional punishment. Gwin wrote the state can't block sex offenders from living near schools if they committed their crime before legislators enacted the ban in 2003.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh plans to appeal the ruling.
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann argued that the decision does not affect anyone but Mikaloff. "This ruling is based on the unique set of facts and circumstances presented to the court by this plaintiff, and affects him alone," Dann said in a statement.
But David Singleton, executive director of the Cincinnati-based
"That's like saying that Brown versus Board of Education only applied to the Brown plaintiff," he said, referring to the landmark case that barred segregation in public schools.
The case is a small victory for civil liberties as we approach the 6 year anniversary of 9/11/2001. A day that is so commonly used by our leaders to stir up fear. A day invoked when We the People so willingly gave up the rights with a little law called the Patriot Act. The very same rights our troops died for fighting Hitler in World War II.
It seems this day and age our elected officials rule through fear. If they can keep us scared, they can more easily control us. And it is so easy to pick a minority group to target. History is riddled with groups that our officials held up to be feared. People who look Arab are targeted because a group of God Fearing Saudi Arabians attacked us 6 years ago this week. Senator Joseph McCarthy had the talent of grabbing power through fear down to an art form through labeling people a Communist. Right now, our leaders use sex offenders as the chosen people to be the Face to Fear. They are a easy group to target because someone just out of prison does not have the resources to stand up to the power of the state. (Unless you are Cynthia George.)
We the People have the government we deserve. We decided long ago to give up holding our elected officials accountable. We chose to have sports command our attention more than the laws that are being passed, that we later complain about. We the people decide it is not necessary to fund public schools. We the people decided to give up our parenting rights and responsibility of keeping our children safe and gave them to our Fearless Leaders like Sheri Bevan Walsh, Alex Arshinkoff, Bob Ney, Bob Taft, George W Bush, Dick Cheney. So rally around the American Flag and put a new Support Our Troops bumper sticker on the SUV that were all made in China in preparation of Remembering 9/11. And be afraid...