When the State Breaks a Man

By William Norman Grigg

June 20, 2011

…Thomas J. Ball, who committed suicide by self-immolation on the steps of New Hampshire’s Cheshire County Courthouse on June 15, was a man who had been broken by the State. A lengthy suicide note/manifesto he sent to the Keene Sentinel, which was published the day after his death, described how his family had been destroyed, and his life ruined, through the intervention of a pitiless and infinitely cruel bureaucracy worthy of Stalin’s Soviet Union: The Granite State’s affiliate of the federal “domestic violence” Cheka.

Ball and his family were casualties in what he calls a federal “war on men.” He wasn’t exaggerating – and he has a lot of company…

…As Baskerville points out in his horrifying study Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, “it is no exaggeration to say that the existence of family courts, and virtually every issue they adjudicate – divorce, custody, child abuse, child-support enforcement, even adoption and juvenile crime – depend on one overriding principle: remove the father.” When a family is broken up, each child “becomes a walking bundle of cash” – not for the custodial parent, but for a huge and expanding population of tax-fattened functionaries who “adopt as their mission in life the practice of interfering with other people’s children.”

Thomas Ball, like millions of others, learned that the people who choose this profession have an unfailing ability to exploit even the tiniest opportunity to invade a home and destroy a family…

…On the same day that this tortured man poured gasoline on his body and struck a match, pundit Ann Coulter used her syndicated column to emit a thick stream of snotty abuse at Rep. Ron Paul and others who insist that the State must be removed entirely from any role in regulating or overseeing marriage and the family.

Hey, Ann – do you get the point now?

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