"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
Vermont's Raw Arrogance
Column by Alex R. Knight III.
Exclusive to STR
Of course, it’s already common knowledge for the most part that Vermonters have the temerity to carry firearms without any form of government say-so – even neighboring “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire will not suffer such uppitiness from the mere non-governmental hoi polloi. But another freedom – albeit not nearly as well known – exists here in the Green Mountains, one which must make the political psychopaths in neighboring regions fume with teeth-gnashing rage. For as evidenced in the press in recent times, government savagery is second-to-none when dealing with this perceived menace: Pennsylvania farmers have had their entire operations seized, and have been hit with insane fines on account of it. Recently, a group of women known as the Freedom Riders procured some, then went and consumed it in front of FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. A farmer in Minnesota has recently sworn to keep selling it, even if he’s jailed by government thugs. And as if these transgressions against the unquestionable authority of the State were not brazen enough, the Pennsylvania Amish have even gotten in on the act – leaving government agents no choice but to organize full-blown SWAT-style raids against these evil pacifists.I’m of course talking about raw milk. Yes, Vermonters actually have the gall to produce, sell, and consume it. And the parasites in Montpelier actually sanction it.To be sure, raw milk is made subject to numerous inspections and restrictions by said parasites, and is only supposed to be sold for “fluid consumption.” This means it is not supposed to be sold for “manufacturing of milk products other than fluid milk.”