I agree with CARE’s position, and think that anyone who truly believes in constitutional government ought to agree as well.
Now I don’t want to put words into An Observer’s mouth or anyone else’s, but I wonder… When we read Observer’s statement regarding meat inspection regulations, that “There are strict requirements for ‘exemptions’ ” does a thought arise, something along the lines of, “Oh! The Stowers didn’t follow the rules?” They must be guilty, and the government therefore has a right to go after them!”?
That might be a likely response today, but I would suggest that a constitutional perspective ought to produce a very different view. Amanda shouldn’t “need” any third party permission to sell her meat openly, fairly, honestly, and privately, especially if that permission costs money or time, and especially if disobeying that third party might result in a police action.
We are talking food here. Who should be making the choice about what to eat except the one who is eating it?…”
Once again, here’s the link to that Complete Patient post. It’s worth reading all the comments at the bottom.
LATE ADDITIONS (Part 3a)
1) a family update from Friday from the Manna Storehouse folks themselves via Steve & Paula Runyan’s blog
2) Salt Spring News is following the story and has a nice exposition on the theme of our photo caption “Sheep may safely graze?”. (I wondered how many people would realize it is the title of a famous aria by J.S. Bach). Ironically, the theme of the accompanying words have to do with “good government”, something we are arguably not seeing in this case. It’s a lovely piece of music and Salt Spring News has a link to a YouTube version of the music toward the bottom of their report.
3) Here’s something about the legal basis on which Manna Storehouse operates, from a comment on an earlier post (Oppression Update) on Steve and Paula Runyan’s blog. This comment is by “Steve and Paula”:
“….The following is from their rules and regs.
c. Manna Storehouse is not licensed or approved by any federal, state or local agency and it does not have any plans to do so in the future.
Members agree that by joining Manna Storehouse you state that you are not an employee of any federal, state or local government agency. Any transaction, communication or observations by you and/or anyone with you cannot be reported or communicated in any way to any federal, state or local government agency; nor used in a court of law against Manna Storehouse or any member of the Stowers family.
1. “Manna Storehouse” – means a private business, non licensed and non regulated”
4.) And this is from another comment on the same post, by Robert Coss:
“… Check out this video of a raid where they forgot to take the computer with all the video footage stored on it!…. “