The Nine Most Terrifying Words in the English Language

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Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  President Reagan knew what he was talking about when he said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are:  I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

 

Even after Marie Freyre died alone in a nursing home 250 miles from the family in North Tampa that loved her, Marie’s mother had to fight to bring her home.

In March 2011, state child protection investigators took 14-year-old Marie from her mother, Doris Freyre, claiming Doris’ own disabilities made it almost impossible for her to care for Marie, who suffered from seizures and severe cerebral palsy. But a Tampa judge signed an order that Marie be returned to her mother, with in-home nursing care around the clock.

Florida health care administrators refused to pay for it, although in-home care can be demonstrably cheaper than care in an institution. Child welfare workers ignored the order completely.

Two months later, Marie was strapped into an ambulance for a five-hour trip to a Miami Gardens nursing home, as her mother begged futilely to go with her.

Marie died 12 hours after she arrived.

“Since the state of Florida took custody of my daughter, I would like the state of Florida to bring me back my daughter,” Freyre, 59, said at a May 9 court hearing, 12 days after her daughter died.

“They kidnapped my daughter. She was murdered,” said Freyre. “And I want my daughter back.”

The last days of Marie Freyre, chronicled in hundreds of pages of records reviewed by the Miami Herald, are a story of death by bureaucratic callousness and medical neglect. The episode sheds significant light on an ongoing dispute between Florida health care regulators and the U.S. Department of Justice. Though the state claims that the parents of severely disabled and medically fragile children have “choice” over where their children live and receive care, federal civil rights lawyers say Florida, by dint of a rigged funding system, has “systematically” force-fed sick children into nursing homes meant to care for adults — in violation of federal laws that prohibit discrimination against disabled people.

Go here to the Tampa Bay Times to read the appalling rest.  It would be kinder if the fiends who took Marie Freyre from her mother had simply taken out a pistol and blown out her brains.  At least then she would have died with the mother who loved her instead of dying among completely indifferent strangers.  If the State is going to forcibly remove a child and act en loco parentis, then the individuals who make that decision must face the same legal accountability as a parent would face for such a tragedy.  Kids who are as profoundly disabled as Marie Freyre are blessed if they have a parent who loves them as much as Marie Freyre’s mother obviously loved her.  Such love wasn’t enough to save her from the “caring professionals” of the State of Florida.  God help her, her grief stricken mother and us.

 

4 Responses to The Nine Most Terrifying Words in the English Language

  • Except that they repent, there is a special place in hell for those who perpetrated this dastardly, heinous deed. This is why I despise, loathe, detest and hate with all the fabric of my going being damnable liberal socialism.

  • “They kidnapped my daughter, she was murdered.”

    She is absolutely right!

    Paul.
    Your spot on.

  • Good Luck and do not hold your breath hoping for real accountability.

    You may get a scape goat but you WILL NOT get justice.

  • Oh, no, Karl, there will be both accountability and justice; it simply may be delayed.

    “12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15* and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:12-15

    Kyrie Eleison! Christe Eleison! Kyrie Eleison!

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