by Janet C. Phelan
On June 29, six days after an article appeared on novakeo.com highly critical of Jeff Rense’s avoidance of the guardianship issue, the talk show host broke his years-long silence on the pervasive and problematic issue of adult guardianships and ran an hour interview with reporter and talk show host Marti Oakley.
The interview covered the main concerns of those in the guardianship reform movement, and stressed not only the theft of assets but also the fact that many of the wards are having their lives shortened through actions taken by the guardians themselves, who are ostensibly pledged to protect the wards' assets and well being. Oakley also discussed the legal machinations which are used to separate the ward from family and friends, among other issues which make adult guardianship a disturbing blip on the civil rights radar.
A small firestorm had begun to rage on the novakeo site, following the publication of the article by this reporter, which tied some of Rense’s prior pro-Nazi statements to his avoidance of the guardianship issue. Guardianship has been called a "holocaust on the elderly" and likened to the T-4 program in Hitler’s Germany. T-4, which targeted the same population that are potentially afflicted by guardianship (the elderly and disabled) was the first extermination program launched by Adolph Hitler.
Oakley had rushed to Rense’s defense, denying she had written emails concerning Rense’s pro-Nazi views which were first referenced by this reporter then posted in their entirety in the comments section. In a virtual news black- out on this subject, Oakley had run a number of guardianship interviews on her own blog talk radio show a few of months back.
The purpose of a free press in a democratic society is to watchdog the government and, when necessary, to oversee the actions of other members of the press. The guardianship issue has been woefully underreported in the past and Oakley and Rense are to be congratulated for a fine, although somewhat tardy, show on this controversial subject.
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Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Bernardino County Sentinel, The Santa Monica Daily Press, The Long Beach Press Telegram, Oui Magazine and other regional and national publications. Janet addresses the heated subject of adult conservatorship, revealing shocking information about the relationships between courts and shady financial consultants. She also covers issues relating to international nuclear weapon treaties. Her poetry has been published in Gambit, Libera, Applezaba Review, Nausea One and other magazines. Her first book, The Hitler Poems, was published in 2005. She currently resides abroad.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
by Janet C. Phelan