RENEE BEEKER'S ROCKAMERICA SPEECH!
Tyranny of the Family Court Industry
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a LONG TRAIN OF ABUSES and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the
patient sufferance of Family Court Victims Across America; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Family Court System is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations. all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these Families.
Never have these words had such meaning to me, as they do today standing before you, in historic Washington, DC. For today my fellow citizens, Tyranny exists. Today it is not a King who reigns power over us, but our own elected representatives. Giving free reign to the Judicial branch of our Government, who have been quietly stripping us of our Rights and Freedoms. This is not a NEW Tyranny that exists, but the very evil our founders were attempting to prevent. We have had a breakdown of what our Founders called "the separations of powers" designed to protect against any one branch becoming more powerful than the other two.
Our Founders warned that if the separation of power should ever break down and all power began to be concentrated in Washington, there would be a severely arrogant abuse of people by Government officials. That abuse is alive and well in the Family Courts across this country. Further, the founders said that if the legislative, executive and judicial branches failed to act as a checks and balances for each other, there would be tyranny and the people would lose their freedom. For one full generation this is what
has been happening.
We need REFORM of the Judicial SYSTEM in this country, at EVERY level. From the Supreme Court to the local branch in your city or village. Additionally we need Accountability of Federal Grants used to FUND this Court system, or put an end to the Federal funding altogether. Accountability, not Immunity for those that would lord power over us.
Today I am going to talk about the Family Court System in this Country and some of what the National Alliance For Family Court Justice has found to be happening in our Court rooms across America. How Federal funds have not been used to provide services and programs for families in "NEED" as they were intended, but have been perverted to be used to silence Children and protective parents, mostly Mothers, in Court rooms everywhere. Through the use of Court appointed Evaluators, Ph.D.'s who often do not have the expertise to handle a case and with questionable motives (MONEY), the COURT
finds a source of eager participants who will gladly provide an opinion in line with the predisposition of the Court. This gives the appearance of fact finding when in many cases "FACTS" are blatantly ignored.
A case in point. A Michigan Court appointed Ph.D. with NO domestic violence or sexual abuse training by admission, fought hard for 5 months to keep an appointment, even producing his own version of a proposed Court order providing him with virtual immunity and authorizing basically unlimited billing potential. When the Protective Mother in this case filed a complaint against him to the State Bar for the unauthorized practice of law, only then did he withdraw. The Judge in this case even wrote a letter to the State Bar
defending this Appointee, stating, "it is in the Opinion of this COURT that he did not participate in the unauthorized practice of Law." The issue regarding this complaint was not before this Judge. What was before her, was the non-custodial father DEMANDING that the Court REUNITE the sibling in his custody who was convicted of sexual assault with his victim siblings in the mothers custody. The Judge in her letter to the State Bar, even cited the details of the children's case, violating their privacy. This same Judge,
however, has failed to allow testimony or documentation from the Doctors treating these victims. One of whom has been hospitalized 4 times, once last summer after a visiting JUDGE ordered these siblings to have dinner twice a week with their offender brother. THE mother in this case was required to take a shaking, crying child on this visitation, which resulted in a 10 day hospital stay for the victim. There is NO recourse, no way to sue this JUDGE for the harm she imposed. The newly appointed Judge is refusing to PROTECT the children in this case, yet will protect an appointee, who in his proposed
order showed NO REGARD FOR THE VICTIMS, and refused to even speak to the children's doctor who had been treating them for 4 years .
This, dear Americans is TYRANNY, harming Children and Protective parents in American Courts today in the name of Money Power and Control. Women today are more likely to lose custody of their children in a contested divorce case, according to research by Phyllis Chesler in her book, Mothers on Trial. Men WIN custody 50 to 70 percent of the time. Yet, you hear organizations such as the Children's Rights Council and the National
Fatherhood Initiative, cry for, and demand, joint custody and the right to be with their children. They demand more and more support from the Federal Government via Federal Grants for Fatherhood bills and acts. Stating, "the Court is siding with Mothers."
Now don't get me wrong, the National Alliance for Family Court Justice believe fathers are important to their children and work with many good men and fathers. What we are addressing is the abuse of Federal funds by Organizations that may have the right sound, feel, and appeal, but are really fronts for those that do not care about the safety of children and or would like to protect themselves from abuse charges.
These organizations and others have become a huge lobby in Washington to the extent that the president of one of those organizations, Wade Horn of the National Fatherhood Initiative, has been nominated to become assistant secretary of the Department of House and Human Services. A fatherhood leader is nominated to a KEY position in Washington. Do you see a conflict here? Not surprisingly, the National Alliance for Family Court Justice has found that an alarming amount of Federal funding has been given to the Fatherhood Movement, Marriage Movement, and now the soon to be added Faith Based Initiative. These are all Fatherhood Movements in disguise, when you
take away the glitz and get to the truth of it all. The bottom line is presumptive joint custody, or Fathers demanding full custody, and the end to all support as we know it.
It is the "child without a father" spin their LOBBYISTS use with our elected officials, that have given these Organizations and the DIVORCE INDUSTRY billions of your federal Tax dollars. One example is access visitation grants given to many states. In 1996 it was about 10 million dollars worth. These grants are supposed to be used to enable the NON-custodial parents access to their children. But we have found these funds are being used in custody cases, switching from custodial mothers to the often dangerous
non-custodial fathers. Funds that are going to pay for Court appointed evaluators and in some cases to Judges in Kick back scams. We have also found that other funds appear to be misused in custody cases such as TANF funds (Temporary aid for Needy Families).
Did you know that the Father's Rights Manifesto claim to be a Religious group? Under the proposed Faith Based Initiative, they could qualify for Federal funds to use towards such ends as repealing women's right to vote. Yes, they have that statement on their website, along with the belief that children are the property of the father. Did you know that this Father's Rights Manifesto has a signatory that includes many leaders of various
Father's Rights organizations and their membership?
Did you know under the veil of Children deserving a father, we have Father's Rights organizations with much more on their agenda. Some of those leadership members and featured guests at events are pro or soft on Pedophilia. Did you know in these high conflict cases, where men are demanding custody with the help of Father's Rights groups and Father's Rights lawyers, the Divorce industry has fueled countless PROGRAMS and Professionals who are feeding off of this industry and thereby become leeches, sapping the resources of American families. Families are left bankrupt as the Court litigates their assets away. The Court will order their appointed professional at cost to the family, yet the Court receives Federal funding for these programs and professionals. As well as denying the family due process and loss of Constitutional rights. Illegal orders can, and have been entered. When these things accrue, it is up to the litigants to fight these infractions against them in a Court of law, and often families are left without the resources to fight back.
These Father's Rights organizations are also in the business of providing training for Judges and Court officials, such as Friends of the Court, Ph.D.'s, and Attorneys. Some of this training includes Parental Alienation Syndrome, espoused by Richard Gardner. His self-published theory is being taught to Judges across this country. This syndrome has not even passed a peer review, and is BEING USED AGAINST women and children in Courts everywhere. Should we not have some kind of regulation as to what these
Judges are being taught, before they sit on a bench doling out so called "Justice"? Many Judges do not have proper training in Domestic violence, or child development, but many have a great understanding of Richard Gardner's Parental Alienation syndrome. What the National Alliance for Family Court Justice has identified is that the use of Parental Alienation syndrome, Parental alienation, malicious mother syndrome, and the like, are Court room tactics used to protect abusers from prosecution, while preventing the protective parent from protecting a child from sexual and/or physical abuse.
A new scam in the divorce industry is "supervised visitation." These organizations offer supervisors or places to have visitation. The supervised visitation boom is happening. The target "MARKS" in this scam are Mothers and some fathers who have lost custody via the Parental alienation syndrome or other legal tactic, but have not been charged with or found guilty of any crime. Through the Court's manipulation, these parents are reduced to supervised visitation. This visitation often is required to take place in a
Church or at a Family Independence Agency. I have had mothers tell me they are paying any where from $30.00 an hour to $250.00 for 90 minutes of visitation with their child. I asked one mother to request an itemized bill regarding her visitation charge. She was seeing her children at an FIA office in Michigan. The case worker told this mother that the $60.00 the mother pays for the right to see her child is matched by the Federal Government. So how is that for income? We come up with a bogus syndrome, make the mother pay to see her children and get matching funds to boot. Sounds like a sound business plan to me. But again is this constitutionally legal?
Women and children are in real danger in Court rooms today, especially in these cases that involve abuse. Women most often are not economically able to afford representation, and the VOICES of these women and children have been silenced by these organizations and their leadership, who lobby conjured up syndromes and misogyny, effectively rendering the testimony of a child or mother unheard. It is so frightening that Mothers and children are aware that they can no longer protect their child or be protected. Most know if they dare say a word, they could lose custody of their children, and many do.
These are acts of Tyranny. We teach children to tell if they are harmed or hurt, but when they do they are given to the abuser, and they suffer more because they have been lied to.
Did you know that many women are slapped with unconstitutional gag orders denying them the right to discuss their case? Did you know that in a Family Court they can, and will, ignore evidence of sexual abuse? Did you know that in Family Court Judges can and will say, they will not hear evidence, or can and will refused to allow you to get evidence on record and if you get it on record it is IGNORED? Evidence that could help in determining the health, safety and welfare of a child IS IGNORED. What happened to the Best Interest of the Child?
Did you know that if a child has protective order in place to keep them from someone who has sexually molested them or abused them, and the Family Courtmakes another order, there is nothing you can do about it. The Family Court has a higher authority.
How is it these Judges have such power? Its called "Wide discretion". That broad highway which Legislative bodies have given Judges to operate under. This is often used to hide abuse and prevent the Protective parent from making this information known to the Court. We have found the Court then appoints the appropriate "expert" who then provides the justification for making a protective parent pay (Parental Alienation Syndrome). The Court-connected Psychologist, who often LACK the expertise to even be involved in a case, then renders his "OPINION", and the Judge takes that information and rules based on it. Again this is NOT EVIDENCE, but fabrication.
Lawyers play a huge role in this issue. They are fully aware of Court room antics, but have often told me, off the record of course, that they have to make a living. So they turn a blind eye and minimize the abuses, tell there clients to go along, all the while the client is being harmed by their lack of representation. The problems are huge and run deep. From losing one case to win the next. Political contributions to Judges campaigns playing role in case outcomes, there are a host of problems plaguing the Court room of today. Who suffers most? Children and women. Lawyers can cost anywhere from
$100.00 to $450.00 dollars an hour and beyond. How can the people of this country afford prevent their constitutional and civil rights from being stripped by chest-beating, bellowing Judges, helped by blind eyed Attorneys, joined by the Legislature offering up the citizenry with their acts of "Wide Discretion?" Where is the public to go with complaints and requests for investigation? What can we do to turn this around?
Lobby for Reform and an end to the Federal funding to these Courts. This could force the States to make much needed changes.
The Federal Government says they have no jurisdiction over State Courts. Then stop granting Federal Funds!
Work for statutory changes in State Court Legislation that will give Judges and their "helpers" rules to live by, with clear and convincing penalties for failure to follow them.
Psychology has no place in a Court, it is misused and subjective at best. It is used to harm children, especially those in abusive situations. It is used as a tool to manufacture evidence, it is not a help, but a huge bottomless pit of abuse to the litigants.
Insist on legitimate training of Family Court Judges.
Insist on accountability for all. The veil of immunity must be raised. These Judges and Divorce Industry workers must be held accountable for the harm they cause. The current system of oversight for Judges, lawyers, psychologists, and others involved in the Family Court is a huge failure. The citizens are left with no recourse for relief. There is no consumer protection.
Go home, "file Freedom of Information Act requests" your County Court for funds paid to those involved in your cases. Gather your evidence and start making sure your Representatives know you will not stand for this any longer. Look for good representation and start networking. Join or start a group in your area and begin to lobby your elected officials to end the Tyranny going on in your Family Courts.
To close, I share with you the words of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, "The Judiciary of the United Stares is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working underground to undermine the foundation of our Confederate fabric. A judiciary independent of a King or executive alone, is a good thing, but independent of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a Republican government."
The Judiciary of the 21st century is a danger to the life, liberty and safety of the American Public, especially Children and Women. We need to go back to the foundation to repair this badly broken Court system. We demand it, our children deserve it.
Director Midwest Region National Alliance For Family Court Justice.