"I did not abandon you," I told her.
"When you were born, the hospital told me that you had a high Billiruben count and that they needed to keep you in isolation for five days 'for your own good'. And in the name of sanitation, the cold-blooded bastards who ran that hospital unilaterally declared that I, your mother, would not be allowed to see you, hold you, touch you, nurse you, sing lullabies to you, change your diapers or cuddle you -- for the crucial first five days of your life." And they instructed me to stop making a scene and do what I was told.
BUT I DID NOT ABANDON YOU!
Finally, the best that I could do was to go down to the hospital during visitors' hours each day and ask to see my wonderful baby girl through the nursery room glass so that a nurse would hold her up to the window so that at least twice a day for five minutes I would know that my baby was being held.
I was never able to get those cold-blooded bastards to allow me to hold my own child. BUT I DID NOT ABANDON HER. And I made that administration fully aware that I was one pissed-off mom. And other mothers joined me. And the hospital's policy changed. And the way that the bureaucracy acted back then is now considered barbaric.
I did NOT abandon my daughter back then and I will NOT abandon my country now.
Most Americans, like my poor baby daughter, are alone and afraid and isolated right now but there are still some of us -- just simple men and women like you and me -- who still care.
And we have not abandoned our country. We are not lost. And it is our privilege, right and patriotic DUTY to make those bureaucrats in Washington know that their current policies are barbaric too.