PURPLE HEART SOLDIER

GREETINGS. I AM NOT A PURPLE HEART SOLDIER. HOWEVER, I AM A PROUD FATHER WHO CAN STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR MILITARY OVERSEAS, FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOMS. I AM ALSO NOT AN ORATOR, BUT WHEN I WAS ASKED TO DELIVER THIS PRESENTATION ON BEHALF OF A PURPLE HEART SOLDIER, I GLADLY ACCEPTED. THE REASON WHY THIS PERSON CANNOT DELIVER THIS STATEMENT HIMSELF IS BECAUSE OF OUR DESIRE TO PROTECT HIS INTEGRITY. YOU SEE, THIS GOOD SOLDIER, WHO TOOK A BULLET FOR US IN A FOREIGN WAR, ATTEMPTED TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE AS A RESULT OF ANOTHER WAR HERE ON THE DOMESTIC FRONT. IT’S CALLED DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT AND THE STATE WAS THE ENEMY. LITTLE DID HE KNOW, THE GOVERNMENT HE WAS FIGHTING FOR ALL THIS TIME WOULD ORDER A BATTLE OVER HIS OWN CHILDREN. IT WAS A NEEDLESS WAR HE COULD NOT WIN SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WAS BORN DIFFERENTLY THAN THE OTHER PARENT WHO MADE THESE CHILDREN POSSIBLE. IN THE END, IT WAS A FIGHT WHICH WOULD JEOPARDIZE HIS LIFE MORE THAN ANY FOREIGN ENEMY COULD. IT OCCURRED ONLY A FEW SHORT WEEKS AGO. IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE CONFIDENTIALITY INTERESTS OF THIS GOOD FATHER ON A VERY SENSITIVE MATTER, I WILL NOT FEED THE INJURIES CAUSED BY OUR DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURTS. I WILL SIMPLY REFER TO HIM AS “MR. AMERICAN”. THIS GOOD CITIZEN TOOK UP THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM WHEN HE ENLISTED FOR SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY DURING THE NINETIES. HE SHOWED US PICTURES OF HIMSELF IN FULL METAL JACKET BESIDE ARMORED VEHICLES AND FELLOW FRONT LINE SOLDIERS. ON AT LEAST ONE OCCASION, HE WAS FIRED UPON AND INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. HE WAS THEN CREDITED WITH SAVING THE LIVES OF OTHERS AND WAS CONFERRED THE HIGHEST OF HONORS AS A PURPLE HEART SOLDIER. HE EVEN FURNISHED COPIES OF SOME OF HIS AWARDS. UPON HIS RETURN FROM ACTIVE DUTY, MR. AMERICAN MET A WOMAN AND FATHERED A CHILD. NOT UNLIKE MILITARY SERVICE, HIS JOB TOOK HIM TO FAR AWAY PLACES. HE COULD NOT BE HOME ON A REGULAR BASIS. HOWEVER, HE KEPT HIS PICTURES, MEMORIES AND PHONE CALLS INTACT. THE ABSENCE FROM HOME DID NOT DIMINISH HIS LOVE AND COMMITMENT TO HIS CHILDREN. WHILE WE SPOKE TO HIM, HE PROUDLY SHOWED US PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIS SON, YOU KNOW THE KIND, THIS ONE WITH THE LITTLE SIX YEAR OLD IN THE COCKPIT OF A PLANE WITH HIS THUMB UP.

PURPLE HEART SOLDIER PAGE 2 UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE SO MANY OF US FACED WITH HARD TIMES, MR. AMERICAN BECAME SPORATICALLY UNEMPLOYED IN RECENT YEARS. HE WAS FACING A PARTICULARLY WEAK LOCAL ECONOMY. HERE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, JOBS HAVE BEEN LEAVING IN LARGE NUMBERS. JUST LOOK AROUND YOU AS YOU TOUR OUR METROPOLITAN AREA. YOU WILL SEE THE EVIDENCE EVERYWHERE. THESE JOBS ARE LEAVING NOT JUST FROM OUR REGION, AND NOT JUST FROM OUR STATE, THEY ARE LEAVING OUR COUNTRY FOR PLACES LIKE CHINA, INDIA, AND FORMER THIRD WORLD NATIONS. IN FACT, THEY ARE LEAVING FOR SOME OF THE VERY COUNTRIES WHICH MR. AMERICAN WAS PROTECTING IN THESE FOREIGN WARS. THEY ARE LEAVING BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING OVER PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ON THE DOMESTIC FRONT. IT IS VIOLATING OUR CONSTITUTION WITH IMMUNITY AND NOW IT IS TAKING OUR VERY CHILDREN FROM US. IN ANY EVENT, IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE MR. AMERICAN FOUND HIMSELF UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH A GROSSLY EXCESSIVE SUPPORT ORDER ISSUED BY A FAMILY COURT JUDGE. HE FILED PETITIONS AND COUNTER-PETITIONS UNTIL THE LAWYERS AND COURTS DEPLETED ALL OF HIS ASSETS AND SAVINGS. IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, HE SUBSISTED ON UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. TIME AND AGAIN HIS PETITIONS WERE REJECTED BECAUSE THE SAME FAMILY COURT JUDGE, WHO NEVER FACED SUCH CONDITIONS HIMSELF, SIMPLY KNEW BETTER HOW TO RAISE HIS OFFSPRING. MR. AMERICAN WAS REDUCED TO A FURTHER HUMILIATING CONDITION WHEN HE BECAME DEPENDENT ON FAMILY, FRIENDS AND A GIRLFRIEND TO AVOID LIVING IN THE STREETS. HE WAS REDUCED TO THIS CONDITION, IN PART, BECAUSE THERE WAS LITTLE TO LIVE ON AFTER SUPPORT DEDUCTIONS AND TAXES WERE REMOVED FROM HIS CHECKS. FINALLY MR. AMERICAN WAS SENT TO A DEBTOR’S PRISON AND FORCED TO SPEND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS IN A JAIL CELL, IN AN ENVIRONMENT SHARED BY CONVICTED FELONS AND COMMON CRIMINALS. ASK YOURSELF RIGHT NOW, WHAT WERE YOU DOING THIS PAST CHRISTMAS WHILE ONE OF YOUR FIGHTING HEROS WAS FORGOTTEN IN THIS MANNER. IT’S NOT LIKE OUR HERO COMMITTED ANY CRIME OR FAILED TO ACCORD THESE COURTS THEIR DUE RESPECT. HE TRIED TO PLEAD WITH THE JUDGE, EXPLAINING THAT THE SUPPORT ORDER WAS BASED ON 2005 TAX STATEMENTS.

PURPLE HEART SOLDIER PAGE 3 THIS WAS THE LAST TIME HE DID HAVE A GOOD JOB. BUT THE JUDGE WOULD HEAR NONE OF IT. AGAIN HE KNEW BETTER HOW TO RAISE CHILDREN WHICH WERE NOT HIS OWN. THERE WOULD BE NO MERCY. THIS JUDGE SIMPLY DECLARED THAT THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY COULD STILL BE EARNED. SO HE PERFORMED A SLIGHT OF HAND KNOWN AS IMPUTED INCOME WHICH, SIMPLY STATED, IS AN ARBITRARY PROCESS WHICH PROVIDES IMMENSE REVENUES FOR THE STATE AND THE LAWYERS. THIS PROCESS MADE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR THIS WAR VETERAN TO EVER CATCH UP HIS ARREARS. WHILE TRAVELLING AROUND THE STATE ON VARIOUS JOB ASSIGNMENTS, MR. AMERICAN WAS FACED WITH OTHER OBSTACLES CAUSED BY AN OPPRESSIVE STATE GOVERNMENT. UNABLE TO SEE HIS CHILDREN ON A REGULAR BASIS, THE JUDGE THREATENED TO SUSPEND HIS PARENTING TIME. THE STATE COLLECTION AGENCY THEN SEIZED HIS DRIVER’S LICENSE AS A FURTHER PUNISHMENT. ULTIMATELY, THIS DESPERATE MAN FOUND HIMSELF UNABLE TO KEEP A LAWYER AND MAKE COURT APPEARANCES. ON ONE OCCASION HE DEFAULTED ON A PETITION BY THE STATE SUPPORT COLLECTION UNIT SEEKING MORE MONEY. HE DID NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO REOPEN THE JUDGMENT, AND SO HE WAS ORDERED TO BECOME CAGED LIKE A WILD ANIMAL. IN A FINAL EFFORT TO SECURE COUNSEL, HE GAVE ONE LAWYER A SUMMARY OF HIS WAR SERVICE. THIS LAWYER WANTED $5,000, OR ROUGHLY TWICE THE AMOUNT DEMANDED BY THE JUDGE TO GET OUT OF PRISON. WHEN THIS FAILED, FAMILY AND FRIENDS SCRAPED UP $1,000. ONE HALF WENT TO THE LAWYER AND ONE HALF TO THE STATE. HE WAS RELEASED AFTER THE HOLIDAYS BUT MADE SUBJECT TO WEEKEND INCARCERATION WHICH IN TURN COST HIM SOME OUT-OF-TOWN JOBS. TO THINK THAT THIS MAN WAS REDUCED TO AN OPTION OF TAKING HIS OWN LIFE TWO MONTHS LATER IS THE ONLY CRIME THAT WAS COMMITTED HERE. AND IT WAS COMMITTED BY YOU AND ME, OR MORE ACCURATELY THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE ELECTED. I AM A PROUD FATHER AND A PROUD AMERICAN. BUT I AM DEFINITELY NOT PROUD OF THIS. IT IS NO WAY TO TREAT OUR RETURNING SOLDIERS. YET STUDIES AND STATISTICS REVEAL THAT COUNTLESS GOOD MEN ARE CHOOSING THIS OPTION. THEIR CHILDREN WILL NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN.

PURPLE HEART SOLDIER PAGE 4 AS I READ THROUGH THIS PURPLE HEART STORY, I HAD TO ASK MYSELF THE QUESTION, WHY DID IT HAPPEN? WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT WOULD DO THIS TO A GOOD FATHER AND A GOOD SOLDIER. WAS MONEY SO IMPORTANT THAT LIFE ITSELF MATTERED NOT AT ALL? IS MONEY THE TRUE REASON WHY OUR COUNTRY IS NOW ENGAGED IN SO MANY FOREIGN WARS? WHOSE FREEDOMS ARE WE FIGHTING FOR ANYWAY? THE STORY I’M BRINGING TO YOU TODAY IS NOT PRETTY, BUT THE VICTIM FELT THAT IT MIGHT HELP OUR CAUSE FOR PARENTING REFORM. HE IS HOPING THAT IT WILL BENEFIT OTHER SOLDIERS AND FATHERS SO THAT THE LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS FOR WHICH HE FOUGHT MIGHT MEAN SOMETHING AFTER ALL. MR. AMERICAN TOLD US THAT HE HAD HEARD ABOUT MR. LEON KOZIOL AND THE PARENTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE WHICH IS SPONSORING THIS CONVENTION. HE TRIED TO CONTACT MR. KOZIOL FOR MONTHS, BUT BECAUSE HIS LAW PRACTICE HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN, HE WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. HE THEN RESORTED TO THE SELF DESTRUCTIVE PROCESS DESCRIBED BY OUR PURPLE HEART STORY. THERE ARE MANY MORE LIKE IT. YOU SEE, THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO WORK WAS NOT THE CASE HERE. MONEY AND NOT CHILDREN HAVE BECOME THE PRIORITY IN OUR DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURTS. A CITIZEN HAS A RIGHT TO RECEIVE DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION WHEN HE PETITIONS AN AMERICAN COURT FOR ASSISTANCE. COURTS ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY DESIGNED TO BE NEUTRAL, UNAFFECTED BY MONEY OR CONTROL OVER OUR CHILDREN. THEY WERE CREATED BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR VIOLENCE AND THE TAKING OF LAW INTO ONES OWN HANDS. BUT WHEN THIS SYSTEM BREAKS DOWN TO THE EXTREMES THAT IT HAS HERE, THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE EXTREME MEASURES IN THEIR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. WELL TAKE HEART MR. AMERICAN. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN. ALL OF US HERE TODAY SALUTE YOU. WE ARE AT YOUR SIDE ON THE DOMESTIC FRONT JUST AS YOU WERE FOR US ON THE FOREIGN ONE. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA! PARENTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FATHERS, INC. 1518 GENESEE STREET UTICA, NEW YORK 13502 (315) 507-3103

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