Fun facts of the day: There are 17 states in the U.S. where it is illegal to buy or sell raw milk for human consumption, and another 8 states where you must buy a share of the cow (referred to simply as a cowshare) in order to be permitted by law to buy raw milk from a farmer. In Europe, you can buy milk in raw form from vending machines; here in the U.S. it can land you in jail.
I won’t argue for or against the nutritional and/or health benefits and concerns regarding raw milk here on this platform; that would miss the point entirely. My case, quite simply, is that everyone should be free to make their own educated decision on consuming milk in its raw form. The fact that you can be incarcerated for buying or selling something as natural as raw milk in this country simply shows how far we have fallen and how far we are from the principles this country was founded upon.
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”
President James Madison
“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
President James Garfield
I know some of my friends grow tired of hearing me speak of the ills and wrongful intrusions on our liberty in this country at the hands of our elected officials and the bureaucratic monstrosity that accompanies them, but I close with a quote that sums up my stance on this perfectly:
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Thomas Jefferson
I recently learned that the state of Indiana has a law on the books that recognizes the right of residents to defend themselves against unlawful activity by public servants and law enforcement officials. According to the law,
“In enacting this section, the general assembly finds and declares that it is the policy of this state to recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant”.
In recognizing the need for citizens to be able to defend themselves against unlawful activity by public servants and law enforcement officers, Indiana has done two things:
- They have recognized that law enforcement officials are not above the law nor are they above reproach.
- They have set a precedent for law enforcement which protects a citizen’s right to defend themselves against unlawful activity; thus, hopefully instilling some hesitancy into those who officials who may consider themselves above the limitations of the law.
Wouldn’t it make sense that every state would have a law like this? Sadly, many states do not; here is a good list summarizing them state by state. Have we become so far removed from the society in which we live, that we fail to understand that simply having a badge dos not make you above corruption? Every state should allow residents the ability to defend themselves. If citizens are not above the law, law enforcement officials shouldn’t be either.
For those of you who might not know who she is, Kshama Sawant is a city council member in Seattle, WA. Sawant’s stardom came about shortly after she began radically proclaiming that she would bring about a $15.00 an hour minimum wage in Seattle (if elected). Needless to say, with that sort of a promise, she was elected by the working class people of Washington’s most densely populated city. What amazes me the most is not that Kshama Sawant is crazy enough to think a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage is somehow sustainable, it’s that so many low-income earners support her efforts and do not see that this will land them on the unemployment line. If your level of skills as a worker does not add up to $15 an hour, raising the minimum wage to that will not help you; it will cost you your job. The employment bar simply gets raised around you and you become unemployable at the new wage rate.
Sawant is proof that having a Ph.D in economics does not mean all that much; she lacks the fundamental knowledge of how an economy works and grows. Raising the minimum wage does not change or increase a worker’s worth to an employer; those who are advocating for a $15.00 minimum wage best be sure that their employer shares their overly idealistic outlook on their worth to the company. Otherwise, they may find themselves price hiked right out of a job.
Throughout history, workers all too often have priced themselves out of their low skill jobs and then complained about it. Most of us pump our own gas and scan our own groceries now and think nothing of it. Be careful what you wish for Seattleites.