The American “Elite” Against the Common Man: The War Against Farmers

Tom Naughton, the creator of the movie “Fat Head“, wrote an informative review of the documentary “Farmageddon“. He writes,

Farmageddon is a look at how our federal and state governments are beating up on small farmers who sell real food directly to the public. If you still believe the fiction that we live in a free country, this film should change your mind.

The film was written and directed by Kristin Canty, who wondered why it’s legal to buy processed junk food for her four children, but often illegal to buy real, fresh, unprocessed food directly from a local farmer. As she put it:

I decided I needed to tell this story. My goal was to let these honest farmers using centuries old farming practices tell their side of the stories. So, I set out to make a film. Farmageddon is in no way meant to convince anyone to drink raw milk, or eat grass fed beef, but rather an argument to allow those that want to make those choices to do so. It is simply about freedom of food choice.’

Much of the film is exactly that: small farmers and co-op owners telling their own stories — often augmented with video footage they shot while being raided by government agencies. Those stories ought to horrify you. They did me. Imagine hearing a noise in your kitchen downstairs, taking a peek down there, and seeing some burly guy dressed in black pointing a gun at you and ordering you downstairs. (That particular farmer believed for a moment that a serial killer had broken into her home.)

In raid after raid documented in the film, police and government agents showed up in SWAT gear, guns drawn.

This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Naughton’s perceptive analysis of this latest war of the US government against its citizens. I encourage readers to read Naughton’s entire post.

Karen de Coster has documented numerous examples of the US government’s war against non-corporate farmers at her blog.

Frankly, I hardly know where to begin with a discussion of this distressing issue. Thinking about it only causes stress and anxiety due to its outrageous nature and my inability to do anything about it. However, I do think that it is important to point out some of the grave problems that this issues raises. I will do so in the form of a list of bullet points:

  • How “free” are a people not permitted to eat or drink what they please?
  • Apparently, property rights don’t exist in the US. If we don’t own our bodies, what do we own?
  • Cui bono? – Corporate farms, government bureaucrats drunk on power, nanny statists who cannot abide the common man making a choice for himself.
  • The monotonic expansion of the regulatory state continues unabated.
  • Why do so many government agencies have SWAT teams? Frankly, I don’t see how the existence of SWAT teams is not a violation of the spirit of the Posse Comitatus Act.
  • How can a nation $15 trillion in debt with $100-$200 trillion in NPV of unfunded liabilities afford to spend money it doesn’t have to prosecute non-crimes?
  • Who are the “victims” that the government claims to be protecting? All I see is a voluntary exchange, which axiomatically implies that both parties have profited by removing their sense of uneasiness. How can the seller be charged with violating the rights of the buyer? How can the buyer be labelled a victim?
  • While the government sends SWAT teams against peaceful farmers, it allows members of the “elite”, such as Jon Corzine to embezzle over a billion dollars and walk away scot-free.

This is “justice” and the “rule of law” in the “land of the free”. But don’t worry, all we have to do is vote this November to put the “right” people in office and all will be well.

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