This past year we have seen the government step up their war on the middle class. The headlines are at times unbelievable, but increasingly predictable. The independent farmer and craftsmen have always been the backbone of this republic and the stubborn defenders of liberty. As Jefferson remarked…
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.
The feds made great progress destroying agriculture. The policies of the government have for many years caused the destruction of the small family operation while vertically integrating what was left. Then a steady flow of subsidies kept the big boys quiet and in line. To the great dismay of our statist masters and the bankers, we have seen a renaissance in small scale direct market farming. The thought of the yeomen farmer being resurrected from the grave has caused a flurry of attacks. I’m sure you’ve heard of the SWAT Team raids and undercover stings on the Amish. It seems that they are spending considerable amounts of time and money to catch evil Amish folks who sell milk outside the “proper” channels.
Mike Adams has uncovered proof that the FDA is using KGB-style spying and infiltration techniques to catch the terrorist farmers. Even the act of growing a garden is increasingly under attack…how dare you show an independent spirit, slave! Julie Bass faced 93 days in jail for growing vegetables in her own yard. Only after a nation wide effort to see justice done were the charges begrudgingly dropped.
And lets not forget the effort to nip entrepreneurship in the bud before it takes root. Here is just one of scores of articles where children’s lemonade stands have been shut down and fined. Our control freak society has even manifested itself here in the north country where the health dept has told our church it is illegal to give away slices of homemade pie to the public! Oh by the way, it may be illegal to live off the grid.