I fall into the category of true Libertarian. I'd like the government out of my bedroom, my home, and my life in general. Of course, authority has it's place. We depend on police and the fire departments to keep us safe. Courts are necessary. We need our roads, buildings and transportation kept in good condition and our taxes to be spent wisely. Drugs, hospitals and schools need to be regulated.
But in general, I'm of the mindset that we, as people, should be allowed to conduct our lives as we see fit, as long as our behaviors are legal and do not hurt or hinder the lives of others.
Then along comes a set of parents who use their powers of free speech to name their children Adolf Hitler, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie. The dad also sports Nazi tattoos like a large swastika but his mom defends them as simple 'art'.
Little Adolf Hitler and his siblings found fame when a local grocery store refused to print HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADOLF HITLER on his birthday cake. The angry parents took their outrage to the public, via newspapers and interviews, and have since blamed the negative publicity for the fact that their children have now been removed from the home. On their way to court at 10am recently, they were pulled over by police and cited for various infractions, not to mention that the child's grandmother was drunk in the back of the car.
In defense of it all, little Adolf's aunt says that he, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler will be "raised proper" like they have been so far and claims their names are no different to Barack Hussein Obama, who is named after a terrorist. Of course, Saddam Hussein was in his early 20s when Barack was born and virtually unknown outside the Middle East at the time, in addition to the fact that Hussein is pretty much the "Smith" or "Jones" of that area of the world.
The children's mom, while conceding that the names are "unusual", says they have the right to name them what they want and figures they are better names than something like Brian or Nicole - common names that if you called out at a store - many kids would run up to them. At least calling out "Adolf Hitler!" will only have one child running up to them. "They're just names...I don't see nothin' wrong..." was Mom's take on the whole fuss. Besides, she says, she found the names in baby books. She is also hoping for a lawyer to come forth to defend them and makes a public plea.
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Do parents have the right to name their children Adolf Hitler or Aryan Nation? Even if the names are tasteless and evocative of an evil time in history to most, should they be allowed to nonetheless? Is the government stepping in where they should not?
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