Did you know that this past Saturday, August 20, 2011 was Lemonade Freedom Day? I didn’t know about it until I saw a video on Facebook. Thank you to my friend Steven Green for posting the video which caught my attention.
Basically, on Saturday, a concerned American Citizen, Robert Fernandes and his family, and I presume other followers set up a lemonade stand on public property in Washington DC. This action follows many incidents of US authorities shutting down childrens’ lemonade stands in various locations around the United States.
What ever happened to common sense? Voltaire, a French Philosopher probably said it best:
Common Sense is not so common.
Watch what happened at Lemonade Freedom Day
It’s true, it seems. In doing a bit of research after seeing the video, I found that Police have even shut down Girl Scouts from selling Girl Scout Cookies on their driveway.
My God. What has happened to my country? It’s scary, to be honest. Sure, we don’t want to have big companies setting up unregulated shops on public property, and there are laws against it. But, for kids to sell Girl Scout Cookies, or lemonade, it’s just common sense that these kids of activities are not a threat to public places, and are just a one-off activity that will not lead to the setting up of commercial businesses on the public property. Are there better things that the Police can do with their time than harassing kids selling cookies or lemonade?
We constantly hear cries that there is not enough money to police the streets. Crimes go unsolved. Some kinds of crimes are not even investigated by the Police any longer, because they don’t have the resources. Just last week our government issued a new policy under which they will only deport illegal aliens who have committed crimes. Uh, isn’t it already a crime to have come into the country illegally. All of this rests on one principle. Common Sense. But, Voltaire already told us about common sense centuries ago.
Our public officials cannot figure out how to run the country. They can’t decide what spending to cut. They can’t decide if we should keep borrowing more money. Yet, the system is being used to bust kids for selling lemonade.
Like I said, what has happened to my country? I have not lived in the USA for the past 11+ years, but I am still an American Citizen. The USA has changed drastically in the years since I left and moved to the Philippines. From what I see, every day I am more and more happy that I made that decision.