The war on lemonade stands is in full gear across America. The summer tradition that has gone on freely for generations is now under fire from greedy bureaucrats intent on lining their pockets... okay, not their own pockets... just that of their bureaucracies.
God forbid some kids should sell lemonade without spending a few hundred dollars on permission slips, or as they are known by the bureaucratic buffoons, business licenses and day permits.
I wrote about one case a few weeks ago, and while it horrified me that everyone from the chief of police on down felt they were justified in harassing a couple of young girls trying to earn some money for a holiday, clearly the bureaucrats and police chief did not share my disgust.
Here, then, is a brief rundown of the lowest and most disturbing battles in the 2011 War on Lemonade:
- In Coralville, Iowa, Coralville Police shut down at least three lemonade stands run by children as young as 4 years old. Permits to run those lemonade stands would cost $400 each.
- Georgia police shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to earn some cash to go to the local water park. Georgia Police weren't going to let that happen, though. Citing health concerns, Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar actually had the audacity to say police "didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it."
- The Appleton, Wisconsin, city council recently passed a bylaw preventing anyone form running a lemonade stand within two blocks of local events. Yes, it actually singled out lemonade stands.
- Montgomery County bylaw morons actually fined the parents of one child $500 for running her illegal lemonade stand. The kicker here is the she was trying to raise money for charity.
Don't these morons have anything better to do with their time?
This is hardly a comprehensive list. You can find a lot more examples at http://www.lemonadefreedom.com/, the home of Lemonade Freedom Day.
Across the nation there are local ordinances that make it illegal for our kids to put up a lemonade stand on the front lawn. Citing health concerns, cities and towns across America have decided to clamp down on the national health disaster that is lemonade stands.
Children clearly can't be trusted to use the right lemons, can they? The parents of those children clearly can't be trusted either.
That is the message that's being sent, after all, isn't it? We the people cannot be trusted with the most mundane of activities; from speaking our minds to defending ourselves and our loved ones, all the way down to our children earning a few bucks selling lemonade to their neighbours on a hot summers day.
Mitch Gross, a member of the Coralville City Council, said he believes the city will learn a lesson from this. Gross said he expects future ordinances to apply only for vendors who set out to "make a profit."
"It was never our intent to shut down kid's lemonade stands," Gross said. "We never really thought about it."
Likewise in Appleton, where Alderman Peter Stueck was quoted saying:
“My son went over there and saw what happened. He came over and chewed me out for 10 minutes because this is happening.”
Stueck says he had no idea the ordinance would affect people like Lydia Mann.
That's the problem though, isn't it? The bureaucrats never think about the consequences of their stupid actions.
The Law of Unintended Consequences reigns supreme. Our tunnel-visioned buffoons just continue to pass law after law with no regard for how it will actually be applied to us.
Mitch Gross and Peter Stueck claim they never meant to shut down kids' lemonade stands...
Really? Then why are they?
This is the War on Lemonade, all right... but that war is fueled by something much larger and much more sinister than a mere hatred of little girls selling lemonade... it's fueled by the hatred of our God-given Rights and Freedoms.
Every single one of them.
Please join with all the brave men and women who will be helping their children host a lemonade stand on August 20th,2011.
So far, the thugs with badges and guns have won the day in the War on Lemonade, but this war is far from over.
On August 20th, we fight back.
Visit LemonadeFreedom.com for all the details.