We like to believe that when we make the most expensive purchase of our lives, our family home, we’re actually the ones who own it. It’s a fallacy, however, as more and more homeowners, if I can even call them that, are discovering across North America.
When we buy a piece of land and a house, we believe we can do what we want with that land and home.
Oh, we’re such silly people sometimes, aren’t we? The bureaucritters of the Nanny State, ever desirous of control over our every waking moment, continually come up with stupider and stupider rules to inflict their will on us and our property.
It wouldn’t be so bad if these bureaucratic buffoons did not have the full power and weight of the State behind them, but they do. Submit or Die seems to be the motto these Nanny State Bureaucrats live by, and they aren’t particularly caring about which one we do, either.
Anyone who knows the story of Carl Drega knows exactly what I’m talking about. (For the full story on Carl Drega’s decades long nightmare that ended with his death please read The Ballad of Carl Drega by Vin Suprynowicz)
The latest case of bureaucratic stupidity comes out of La Belle Provence and the town of Drummondville, where Michel Beauchamp and Josee Landry are learning all about “approved” gardening from the mindless minions of the State.
Welcome to their municipal bylaw nightmare, where growing their own food is a crime punishable by a fine of $300 PER DAY for every day they do not comply with a bureaucratic order to remove their garden.
And why must they remove their beautiful and useful garden, you ask? It doesn't comply with The Rules, you silly citizen! And the Rules say every front yard MUST... yes MUST contain the prescribed amount of useless green grass or else!
Ah yes, I remember now… The Rules Are More Important Than People. How silly of me to forget, even for a moment, that it's the Minions of The State who are in charge of my life and not me, a mere citizen.
It sounds like something out of a bad horror movie, doesn’t it? How can growing your own food possibly be a crime?
Quite simply because you are proving that you are not dependent upon the Almighty State for your pathetic existence and what's worse... you're showing that fact off for the whole world to see! Oh, the horror!!!
What is so heinous about bylaws like this and the bureaucratic minions who mindlessly enforce such stupidity, is that it’s so hypocritical.
On one hand the state demands that people be more “green”, that we recycle more and more stuff, even if the waste disposal company simply puts it all in the same landfill anyway. You know... all that Agenda 21 hypocrisy.
On the other hand they turn us into criminals when we actually take positive steps toward self-sufficiency as the Municipal Council Members of Drummondville, Quebec are doing right now to Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp.
As you can see by the photo above, this garden is hardly an eyesore. It’s a beautiful and well-maintained garden that provides Landry and Beauchamp with food and passersby with a lovely view of what is possible when we simply put our minds to it.
Growing our own food is not a crime.
Tell the Municipal Council Members of Drummondville, Quebec, that their bylaw is dumb and that penalizing decent, hardworking citizens for growing their own food is simply un-Canadian. Visit and sign the petition that supporters of this deserving couple have posted online… Right after you tell me in the comments section below what you think about this whole idea of criminalizing people for growing their own food, that is.