“Our legislators are not sufficiently apprised of the rightful limits of their powers; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us. No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.” – Thomas Jefferson.
The role of government is to protect our rights.
According to a Midway, Georgia statute, these rights include freedom from unlicensed lemonade: MSNBC reports that Midway police shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls who were trying to save money for a trip to the water-park.
The police were quick to the scene saying “we understand you guys are young, but still, you’re breaking the law, and we can’t let you do it anymore. The law is the law, and we have to be consistent with how we enforce the laws.”
It’s clear to anyone that this is a debacle. This travesty raises three major questions. What is the underlying problem? Whose fault is it? What’s the solution?
The underlying problem is the belief that people need permission from government to live their lives. This statute suggests that the girls have no right to dispose of their property without explicit licensure from the government, and it says that any potential customer lacks the right to buy the resulting lemonade without license. When did it become anyone’s business outside of the girls and the passerby?
The fault is anyone’s who is complacent in the face of such an absurdity. That means all of us who aren’t actively working to overhaul the law. Government only has power to which the people consent, whether implicitly or overtly.
The solution is to agitate the law out of existence. This is the reason for activist groups like Young Americans for Liberty. We find bad laws, and we bring public attention to them. The pencil-pushers need to realize that we don’t respect their authority to control our daily lives. Those in government need to be apprised of a change in the national mettle. We reject the premise that our lives and liberty need licensure.
We just want to sell our damn lemonade in peace.Published in