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Ernie, I am a small organic farmer in MO and wanted you to pass along...

I am a small organic farmer in MO and wanted you to  pass along or publish the following:
Thank you --- Joe

Most of you in the local foods movement and in agriculture in general know that something is wrong with the economic model that is being forced upon you.   You wonder how you can work all day and produce products that are both necessary and in great demand and not even break even in many cases.  The simple answer to that is that you are under the illusion that we live in a free country and that you are operating in a free market.   Bear with me and let me regress to a discussion of the proper role of government:


The founders were very influenced by philosophers such as John Locke and Thomas Paine.  They believed that the only proper role of government was to protect the God given inalienable rights of man.   Rights did not come from government; you do not have to ask government for your rights as government can not give you something that the Creator has already bestowed upon you.   Lastly they believed that government has only the powers that are delegated to them by the people and implied in that, is that government can not have any power that the individual does not have.   In summary they believed that government exists only to protect your God given rights. That they have very limited powers limited only to what we explicitly authorize them to do.  That they can by definition have no power that we as individuals so not possess.


As farmers it is usually one of the “alphabet soup agencies” that   interfere with your ability to conduct business as you wish.   The FDA, EPA, etc.   Remember that in the Constitution  we have only authorized Government to do certain specific things. Go and read the 10th amendment if you have forgotten this. It is very clear and unambiguous. Getting back to the FDA and the EPA. Are you surprised to learn that they are no where authorized in the Constitution?  If they are not authorized in the Constitution they are thus by definition illegal and rogue agencies!  (Are you surprised that in government schools that you were not taught about the illegal activities of government? Don’t be. Expecting such would be akin to expecting to learning about pedophile Priests in a Catholic catechism class.)


Let us assume for a moment that somehow that these agencies are somehow legitimate and legal.  Would you be surprised to learn that they are criminal and rogue on a second level?   Well they are….      In the Constitution the founders very clearly delegated certain powers to certain branches of government.  The legislature was to make the laws. The executive was to catch those breaking the law. The Judicial was to punish those breaking the law. Furthermore no where in the Constitution do we allow any of these branches to delegate their powers to anyone else.   So how you may ask can the EPA write rules that carry the force of law?  How can they fine you?  How can they find you guilty and punish you without the courts getting involved?   They are illegally acting as judge, jury, and executioner. They are acting as all three branches of government!   How may you ask does this happen?   Well as Thomas Jefferson once said: “The amount of tyranny that you get is the amount of tyranny that you are willing to tolerate.”   Another founder also said that it would take an educated and moral electorate to keep the Republic alive.  Well we certainly do not have an electorate educated about the proper role of government as they were educated in government schools. As far as a moral electorate I will leave that judgment to you.


 Sometimes Congress actually tries to do what it is supposed to do and legislates rather than illegally delegating that authority to one of the alphabet soup agencies.  Often they like the alphabet soup agencies use the false logic that they are “Protecting us” by the passing of illegal laws.   They do not mean legitimately  protecting our God given rights from being violated by others, rather what they really mean is that they are going to protect us from ourselves.   The dumbed down government school educated population accepts this and doesn’t question this further even though it is a clear contradiction of terms.


If you are going to “protect me from myself” you are going to by definition prevent me from exercising my right to make choices for myself. In a free society they you do not have to make what someone else thinks are good choices, or even safe choices.   I submit that throughout history that man has always had the right to make choices for himself and also to contract with others in the exercise of those choices regardless what other may think about those choices.   How can government be protecting my God given rights when it claims that violating my right to contract with others is protecting them?


If you believe that Government has the right to protect us from ourselves then you will not like the repercussions that decision could eventfully bring about:

Since motorcycles are dangerous they would be outlawed.  Horses are demonstrably also very dangerous and the ownership or riding of them would become a crime.   It is apparent by observation that most Americans are obese and thus they are a threat to themselves because that are not educated in nutrition or do not have the self control to behave properly. In this scenario government licensed nutritionist would plan the meals you were allowed to eat and give you a “food prescription” much like the prescription your doctor now gives you for pharmaceuticals. To be certain no animal products would be allowed as most studies show that the consumption of a diet without animal products results in superior health. No meat, no milk, no eggs, no cheese allowed by the food police.  To eat or obtain food not prescribed would be a serious felony punishable by a long prison sentence.    If you doubt that any of these things could come to pass you are nor a very good student of history because things this unimaginable to past generations have already come to pass by the use of incramentalism over many generations.  It has worked already on the American people just like the tale of cooking the frog in the pot by slowly bringing the water to a boil.




This fallacy that the government is empowered by the people and the Constitution to protect them from them selves is the third level of illegality.  Any law purporting to  “protect you from yourself” is illegal for the following reasons:


You as an individual do not have a right to forcibly force your fellow man not to engage in activities that you judges as “dangerous”.   Do you have the right to use force, to imprison or even kill your neighbor to keep him from riding a horse?  If you do not have that right, I ask you how you can possibly delegate that power to government?   Many Americans are also under the mistaken impression that we live in a democracy. After all that is what the politicians have been telling us for at least the past 50 years.   A democracy as an old saying goes is: “Two wolves and a sheep voting on what is for dinner.”   There is not rule of law in a democracy as the “law” is whatever the majority decides. It was not ingrained in you in government schools but we happen to live in a Constitution Republic where the rights of even the smallest minority are supposed to be protected from the will of even the largest majority.


In real terms those that eschew raw milk, home canned food, or home butchered meats, simply do not have to purchase such products. I unlike those screaming for regulations to protect other from themselves do not want to make it illegal and punishable by jail terms to sell pasteurized, homogenized, bovine growth hormone containing, pesticide concentrating, milk even though I think doing so is ill advised, dangerous, and not in your best interest.  In fact personally I think that animal products are inherently dangerous to consume, as documented in “The China  Study” but I would not in my wildest dream ever consider making it a crime for you to consume animal products to your hearts delight.



I hope I have opened the reader eyes, even if only a little bit. Now the choice is up to you. You can do nothing and if you take this course you will get the tyranny that you deserve. Self government you see is not a spectator sport.   If you decide to do something you will want to become more educated about these issues. As you become more educated you will soon realized that the reason for a vast majority of these laws not only don’t even really do anything to protect you (against your will) they most often are protecting the  pocketbooks of special interest groups.

I hope that you also decide to work to educate others and that you organize with others to plan and take action to take our out of control and illegitimate government back.


Let me leave you with two quotes from Henry Kissinger a globalist  and Bilderburger member that currently is shaping world policy.

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world."

“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”


It is not coincidental that your rights to grow and obtain  food are being quickly eroded.




In Liberty,

Thom Jefferson



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Further reading:


“Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front “  A book about agricultural regulation by Joel Salatin amazon-Joel



Derry Brownfield show Thursday June 3rd 2010  http://www.derrybrownfield. com/podcast.html  talks about a bill passed in the House that will affect every grower in the US.


Joyce Riley (Versailles MO) show – The power Hour June 1 2010 – Guest  Jere Gettle of Baker Creek seeds. archive.php?program=powerHour   Local forum for farmers and customers.



Google Codex Alimentarius

Google  FDA premise ID


Eight hour Constitution class video by Michael Badnarik details/Michael_Badnarik

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." -- H. L. Mencken

"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?" said
Dr. Ferris.  "We WANT them broken.  You'd better get it straight that
it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against -  then you'll know
that this is not the age of beautiful gestures.  We're after power and
we mean it.  You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and
you'd better get wise to it.  There's no way to rule innocent men. The
only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one MAKES them.  One
declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for
men to live without breaking laws.  Who wants a nation of law-abiding
What's there in that for anyone?  But just pass the kind of laws that
can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and
you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt.
Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you
understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

(Page 406 of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand).

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