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Do you ever wish the U.S. government didn’t know you exist?
Her parents thought it was wrong for the government to assign children a number. In a sense, they thought they could keep their children free by keeping them out of all records.
All nine children were born at home using midwives who agreed not to file any paperwork. They all had no birth certificates and no social security numbers.
They were all homeschooled, and while their parents were not abusive, they were strict. Even after their children turned 18 the parents kept them from using the internet, working, or having a phone without permission.
And the siblings were trapped because they couldn’t go out on their own without government documentation. They couldn’t open a bank account, get a job, or even sign up for a library card.
The government controls your entire life based on the number they assign you at birth. If you don’t have government documentation, the government prevents you from going about your daily life.
Of course, it is wrong for the government to do this. You should be able to enter into agreements with employers without government approval. You should be able to open a bank account, sign up for private classes, and get on a plane without government paperwork.
But that didn’t change the fact that Faith was stuck. The government ended up being an unwitting accomplice to trapping Faith under her parents’ jurisdiction. Instead of being a slave to the state she was dependent on her parents.
Faith convinced her grandparents to take her with them when they visited her family one day. By this time, Faith was over 18 so there was nothing legally her parents could do. She felt like she had escaped her oppression.
But then what? What could she do? The government would continue to prevent her from working, traveling, driving, getting her own apartment, and so many other things. To the government, you are just a number. Without her number, to the government, Faith was no one.read more: