‘What right does the state have?’ State takes custody of 85-year-old Texas man against his will

As Justina Pelletier’s parents continue to fight to bring their 15-year-old daughter home in Massachusetts, a Texas family is fighting Texas’ Adult Protective Services to regain custody of their 85-year-old relative. According to KDFW-TV, Adult Protective Services took 85-year-old Charlie Fink into emergency custody when it was thought the man was a danger to himself and others.

TheBlaze reports:

The state initially took custody when it thought Fink didn’t have any close family, but two nieces were recently identified. A previous report about Fink’s story in late February said he checked into the hospital for surgery and then wasn’t allowed to leave after.

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KDFW added that Fink’s 82-year-old wife was taken into state custody earlier when it was deemed her husband couldn’t care for her anymore.

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Fink’s case took a positive turn Monday after his attorney located two of his nieces, both of whom appeared in a court hearing this week. One of them, a nurse, said she would take care of him… Judge John Peyton wants the state to work with Fink’s family members, but Fink will remain in state custody until at least May 7.

“What is the problem? If this guy wants to go home, and he wants to live on his own, and you know, even if he dies on his own terms… The family now is saying, ‘We want him, release him,’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “[But] the state is not sure. What do you mean the state is not sure?”

Glenn explained that his family recently went through a similar situation with his father, who wanted to spend his final days in the comfort of his own home. While it ended up not being possible to honor his father’s wishes, Glenn believes it is not up to the state to get involved.

“My father wanted to die at home. He died in the hospital. Now, that was because, in the end, we thought it was cruel to move him because he was in so much pain… and he probably would die before he even got to the ambulance,” Glenn explained. “But… a man has a right to die where he wants. If he wants to live in a mess, he can live in a mess… I feel bad for his relatives. But he can be a hoarder if he wants. What right does the state have to tell us how to live?”

As Pat explained, however, this is just another iteration of progressivism.

“Well, [the state has] every right because we don't know how to… really take care of ourselves,” Pat concluded. “If left to our own devices, we could hurt ourselves and others. And so that's what the state does. They help protect us from ourselves and others… It's more progressive bull crap. That's what it is.”

Watch the KDFW report below:

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This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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