Sunday, January 13, 2008

Another NAIS Story By Henry Lamb

The National Animal Identification System is still on the fast track. Read this WorldNetDaily article for an update.


Anonymous James Morris said...

Another liberty lost.

I wonder, though, if the piecemeal resistance to such thefts of our liberties is anything more than a delaying action. The petty tyrants in our national and state capitols, intent on saving us from ourselves and afraid we might mess up our own lives, are continually taking everyday decisions out of our hands.

But fighting for our freedom on a piecemeal scale (NAIS, transfats, bike helmets, smoking, eminent domain, etc., etc.) is a bit like playing whack-a-mole: The despots will pop up somewhere else. If they're not taking this liberty from you, they're taking that one. If not one of your liberties, then one of mine. And our nation has become so fragmented and community so obsolete, that it becomes even easier to sacrifice the liberties of others - being nice to the crocodile, hoping he'll eat you last.

1:26 PM  
Blogger RL said...

You make some really good points James.

As I'm sure you can tell, the NAIS is a pet peeve of mine.

I've heard that Europe has had something like this for awhile now. The idea of having to file with the government to raise my own food really gets under my skin. Maybe because I always thought America was a free country.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous James Morris said...

After giving it some more thought, I'm beginning to see why NAIS is such a sticking point for you and many others. This insidious creeping control of our food supply can only lead to the concentration of more money and power into the pockets and hands of corporate-government.

If a man can't grow his own food without purchasing a special license, will he risk speaking out against this tyranny? No, if he can't feed his family without playing by the government's rules, he'll instead go hat-in-hand to the bureaucrat's office and ask permission to milk his own cow, won't he?

Reading about NAIS, and reading Joel Salatin's essay on "Everything I Want to Do is Illegal" remind me of Jefferson's description of the justification for the Revolution: "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism...." This may not be the clear-cut, intentional goal of such infringements on our freedom, but it will certainly make it easier for future despots to keep us unruly liberty-lovers in line.

1:45 PM  

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