How far can and should the government go?
Is it OK for the government to attempt to exceed its scope of power with the goal to manufacture or ensnare potential law-breakers?
Well, here's another log for the discussion fire: You may have seen that some guy in Georgia was fined over $5,000 for growing too many vegetables in his own backyard -
His neighbors call it "Cabbagegate." And it cost Steve Miller a lot of green. The Clarkston, Ga., man was fined $5,200 for growing too many vegetables in his backyard.This kind of stuff makes my head explode. Why can't this guy do as he pleases with his own property, whether he makes a profit from his efforts or not?
Miller had been growing legumes for 15 years, selling them at local farmers markets and giving them away to friends, before he was cited by the Dekalb County Code Enforcement office for the first time last September. It's illegal to garden at such a level in the zone where he lives.
Was there a complaint? Or is this just another story of a bankrupt locality looking for ways to raise income in tough economic times?
Will his actions place another citizen in likely danger in the future?
Other than break a previously unenforced bureaucrat-designed zoning law, what did he do that was horrific enough to get so heavily fined?
The most important question should be, Did his actions to anything to infringe upon the rights of another citizen - such as bringing down property values?
If not, then the local government needs to butt the hell out.
Cities and counties are granted the power to set zoning laws. But they need to be set in such a way as to allow the landowners the greatest possible flexibility in what they can to do with their land. In this case, he was zoned for agriculture - just not that much agriculture.
It seems like I use this quote quite a bit lately -
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."That was one insightful woman, huh?
Accept The Challenge
I salute this guy, and the guy I mentioned in the other post's comment section for standing up for their rights.
Really, this isn't just about land use or privacy. It is about government reversing the Master/Servant roles. Take the time to read the Constitution again. Its original intent is very, very clear - simple, straightforward instructions on how our country is to be run.
There is little ambiguity about who runs the joint. Yet here we sit, effectively stripped of our powers, or ignorant that those powers even exist.
As preppers, could there be a more frightening prospect than the government having the ability to tell you that you can't grow your own food - in whatever quantities you wish - on your own property? We need to plan for this.
What if history repeats itself and Great Depression farming laws are reinstated? What if you were told you had to kill your chickens, hogs or cattle, or destroy your crops "for the greater good?"
As these two guys found out, when you reassert yourself as the Master, government doesn't like it. We must do this, though.
We must be willing to be inconvenienced. We must be willing to go and publicly challenge the politicians at the statehouse and at the local supervisor's meetings. We must let them know that they will be removed from office if they don't do OUR bidding. We must be willing to go to court. We must be willing to draw a line in the sand and say, "No more!"
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