by michael on June 15, 2015

Just to get me, and the reader, in the mood for this despicable example of government overreach and intergalactic irrational intrusiveness, I offer two of my favorite quotes. I have stated them any times in my writing and speaking.

A wonderful passage from C.S. Lewis:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Here is a quote from Mark Levin’s superb book, Liberty and Tyranny, page 47-48, quoting the French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat, writing about the law:

“When the law has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The Law has been used to destroy its own objective. It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, the liberty and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.”

Now to the issue at hand.

Cops Shut Down Lemonade Stand, Said Little Girls Need a Permit

By Nick Sanchez   |   Friday, 12 Jun 2015 12:20 PM

Cops shut down a lemonade stand set up Monday by two Texas girls who wanted to raise money to buy a Father’s Day present.

“We have to follow by the state health guidelines. They have to have a permit if they’re going to do the lemonade stands,” said Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter, ABC affiliate KLTV-TV reported.

Sandi Evans, the girls’ mother, told reporters, “I think that’s ridiculous. I think they’re 7 and 8 and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause.” The two sisters, Andria, 8, and Zoey Green, 7, said that they wanted to raise $105. “We were trying to raise some money to take our dad to Splash Kingdom,” Andria explained, referring to a local water park.

Texas law prohibits the sale of food items that could spoil without the proper temperature control, and that includes lemonade. That means that the sisters are required to get a health inspection before opening.

Where do I start? Food that can spoil, like ice cold lemonade. The government will protect us. Who protects us from absurd government? Government at its finest. Cannot the consumer determine if the lemonade has spoiled? Are consumers now viewed by the government as retarded persons incapable of acting outside the government’s umbrella? The intrusiveness is unending; no aspect of life safe from bureaucrats. And what human activity can avoid the voracious maw of the tax collector? None, I assert.

Somehow, the decent folks of Tyler responded to a radio program that orchestrated a fundraiser. While there is virtue in citizens fighting back against the idiocy and morally bankrupt behavior of government, there is no virtue in the circumstances that make it necessary for the citizens to do so.

Read the entire article. It is short.

More later.


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Ann Morison June 16, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Michael, thanks for reminding us to check posts in the ethics book website and for raising awareness of a situation that would be grist for a great discussion/lesson. So many of us were encouraged at a young age to be creative , perform a service, contribute work for a wanted item or activity, and learned a lot in the process; yet, we today have a law that could discourage rather than encourage. .. Unless children and families/the public learns about the give-donate option. (I prefer option to “loop hole” which is inaccurate. ). Apart from adult concern with rights and overreach is it possible that rather than looking at it as just ridiculous, other positive lessons are worth noting for parents and children about problem solving: pointing out why health and safety regulations are written…in what circumstances it could be a good thing and should rightly apply, asking if the law should be modified with exceptions, and talking about how that works. Every bit of this education could be startef by police who wrote the children a citation but there was no empathy or public education encouragement; Merely enforcement.. An action and attitude that upholds a the letter of a law that, also, feels Draconian and raises our hackles. In the end perseverance will be taught but what will be learned? Your commentary is appreciated and thought provoking to say the least…with a nod to friends with different abilities, might have been just as meaningful with a reference simply “persons incapable.” As ever, Your friend in Charlotte, Ann


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