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  •  Children have no rights. Legally, they (11+ / 1-)

    are considered the property of their parents. We have a long history of property rights trumping human rights.  It was a necessary precondition of making slavery legal.

    The U.S., along with Somalia, is the only major nation which has refused to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This should be an electoral issue in every Senate race.

    The predilection for owning people as property continues to echo down through the centuries.  It is perhaps the American colonies' original sin. To a certain extent the ownership of persons justifies the state's claim of a right to kill those who do not obey.  In other words, so-called "capital punishment" rests on the theory that the state is the ultimate authority when it comes to a human life. The foster parents in this case was acting under the jurisdiction of the state, so the ultimate culpability for the killing of the child rests with the state and the foster parent is being penalized for not doing a good job.

    Foster care, along with elder care, day care, incarceration and adult education, is one of the flavors of human husbandry--the exploitation by humans of their own kind to their detriment.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 05:09:58 AM PST

    •  Excellent comment. In ancient Rome, the (1+ / 0-)
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      legal equivalent was "pater familias," or "the head of the household," who was legally justified in killing his own children for whatever reason he deemed necessary--usually a breach of family honor, like a child getting pregnant or being deemed a coward.  

      Sarah Palin: all pistol and no squint.

      by CanyonWren on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 07:17:43 AM PST

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    •  Elder care and daycare are "exploitation"? (0+ / 0-)

      Gosh, thanks for further shaming mothers who work outside the home and put their kids in daycare. Not to mention people who can't care for their elders at home — and, again, the burden almost always falls to women. Fail.

    •  Oh, and adult education is exploitation, too? (0+ / 0-)

      I guess I was being exploited when I took a woodworking class here years ago.

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