plainoldme wrote:REGARDLESS of where I live
I gave you an enormous hint when I wrote that we know nothing of the family dynamics.
It is entirely possible that Elian's mother Elizabet was not a freedom lover taking her child to America but a vindictive ex,
revenging herself upon the father of her child by removing him.
On the other hand, it is possible that Elizabet and Juan Miguel split because she wanted to come here.
However, her motives might not have been to seek what David thinks of as freedom. She just might have wanted to wear designer clothes.
The woman is dead. We have no idea what she was thinking, what motivated her and what her personal or familial goals were.
You, david, do not live in the real world.
, Elian shoud live his life in FREEDOM
, not in slavery, as if he were being punished for felony.
We can all agree that if either parent tried to KILL him
like Andrea Yates, we shoud try to save him. Yes ?
How about if either parent tried to addict him to narcotics
as John Phillips did to his child Mackenzie? Shoud we try to save the child, by giving assylum?
How about if a father tries to make his child spend his life
as a prisoner, a slave even tho he had escaped to freedom
and he said that he wanted to remain free? Shoud we help defend his personal freedom
or condemn him to life in a communist hell, as a slave?
I think freedom is the best way to go.
Morally, neither parent has authority to sell him into slavery
nor to GIVE him into slavery, as his father did.
The tacit issue here
is whether a child is his parents' PROPERTY
If his dad sold a horse
to a commie or to a nazi, that 'd be OK,
but not if he sold a boy -- or gave him away into slavery.
I argue that, he has a natural right to be free
and that his parents have no right to commit him to slavery.
That woud be the lowest, the worst form of child abuse,
much worse than a parent who was a drunk or an addict.