Warning: The following post is a rant and contains adult language. Sometimes I need to do this. Lets get a good discussion going in the comments section, eh?!
I’ve been thinking about policy for a while now. Food Policy, Agriculture Policy, Monetary Policy, Energy Policy, Education Policy. Frankly, all this stuff is crap. People keep expecting change from the top. They will say things like, “Let’s stop the government from legalizing Monsanto’s newest GMO crop! Sign the petition!” Or, “We need to tax the rich!” Why? Why would you tax the rich? So the government can take money from them and give it to their buddies? So they can give it to you? Why would you want money that someone else (the government) stole? Would you accept money from me knowing that I stole it from someone? I’d like to hope not. I’m starting to think all of this policy stuff is just shit. All of these government bureaucracies, are just that, bureaucracies. They function to serve a select few with a veil of serving the public.
Want an example of this? I just herd 30 minutes worth of content on NPR today about how great it was that the federal government bailed out General Motors. They were praising the takeover of a private company by the government! Again, the rhetoric was about “jobs.” Jobs were “saved” because the government stepped in and bailed out GM. They kept saying how “great of an investment this was for the American tax payer.” Ok, if that’s the case, I want to sell my shares of GM, give me my money. Of course this can’t happen. What happened to a free market? Obviously, this doesn’t exist in America. This is what I don’t understand. Why do people think that giving the government more control and power will fix anything? It amazes me that people are willing to let the government do anything it wants, but fail to do anything themselves. If you want to pay for other people’s medical care, then do it! You don’t see any of these people lining up at hospitals ready to write a check with their own money, do you? No.
Let’s get back to agriculture. In a normal, sane and rational world, it makes no sense that Monsanto can legally sue farmers who’ve had a Monsanto GMO crop blown by the wind onto their land. It defies logic. I can’t even process the rationality in my brain. This is how broken the system is. What is the solution? Some would say the solution is to lobby congress into agreeing with us, and disallowing Monsanto to do this. My response is, Really? You really think the same people that gave us this crap are going to suddenly turn around and reverse their decision on the matter?
I purpose a solution. Opting out. Let these idiots do whatever the hell they want to do. They are going to anyway, so you might as well save your time and energy into educating and teaching people that there is another way. That is one of my goals for this website. To teach that there is a better way.
Instead of talking to a brick wall (politicians) why don’t we plant a garden in our back yard? Do you know how many farmers today don’t have a garden? It might surprise you. If your a farmer and you don’t have a garden, don’t feel bad. Plant one! One of the best things you can do as a farmer is provide clean, healthy food for people in your local area. If you are doing that, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say. If we start transitioning to a way of life in which everything is based on local, then we don’t need to worry about all these asshats in Washington D.C.
When you know where you food comes from, and start to produce your own food, even if its a backyard garden, you will begin to be truly free.