I'm glad to see so many people have jumped in on this. While we all might not agree, I think it's something that everyone ought to be more educated about, and more open to the discussion of. I've run into so many open-minded, intelligent, understanding people here on MDC... It's inspiring to see so many well thought points of view.
Addressing zinemama's comments about persecution and evasiveness... My views are "radically" left wing. Or at least that is what most people would classify them under. I think many people here would agree with me when I say that the American government is less than fair and just... I'd go farther than that though, and say that I
believe our government is a much darker, dirtier entity than many can imagine. While I absolutely think it is my right to, and that I should, stand up for what I believe in, I don't want to spend valuable time and effort laying out every detail that has brought me to where I am if I think that it might cause myself or others undue stress or anger. I know knowledge isn't always pretty, and plenty of people could use a dose of ugly as a wake up call, but I'm not prepared to be the person laying that out there.
As for the people who have expressed the idea of "unfairness" for the child not having a birth certificate... Couldn't it be construed as unfair to get your child a birth certificate and SSN that they can never get away from? What if, after a years of living a free and easy childhood, they become adults and find that in order to do ANYTHING they have to submit to these papers and the rules and regulations that accompany them, only to find that the reward for doing so doesn't exist? That in fact those documents carry with them a bevy of unfair and unnecessary burdens. There is little benefit, in my eyes, to having documents based upon empty promises of a corrupt government. Instead, I am going to raise my children to do for themselves, to be smart and confident and strong, and to have faith in themselves and their power to live however they please. Can I do that if they have a BC? Yes, anyone can raise their kids to be independent... But knowing what I know now, I feel that my children could never fully implement that independence when they are chained to government regulation. I wish my mother had known... So does my mother. Being the person responsible for the well being of my children, I can only make the choices that I feel are best for my children. As for avoiding the "hassle" *shakes head in amazement*... HAVING the things is a hassle!
Even when we have our documents in perfect order, any number of the places requiring you to have them can still put you through the wringer. They don't make life THAT much easier, and for someone who isn't going to take advantage of any of the things that are made easier by having them... It just doesn't make sense to attach yourself to things that will do you no good. *Wow, that sack of bowling balls might come in handy some day, so I think I'll just keep dragging it around with me on the off chance that I might need it.* Knowing what I know, and believing what I believe, I'll let my children make the choice as to whether or not they like bowling before signing them up for a league and handing them the ball. Also... A LOT can happen in fifteen years... I'd like to wait and see what happens between now and the time my children are old enough for those documents to matter.
Something to think about for all the people who value their rights as parents and protectors of their children...
Not having a birth certificate and SSN means that your child can't qualify for, or be counted towards, or be included in any government aid or government programs. No tax credits, no state aid, no public school, no govt. health care, ect. ect. ect... The government won't include them. Why? Ever thought of it much? Why would not having "identification" and a "number" make them any less entitled to help than a child with them? If it doesn't come to you right away, think a little harder. Someone made a comment on this thread, something along the lines of not existing and living outside govt. rules and laws... Which translates directly into being out of the government's reach...
Now think of all the things that would mean.