Friday, July 08, 2011

You grow, girl!

Nazi busybodies in (where else?) Michigan punish a lady for growing vegetables in front of her house:
OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - "The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Julie Bass.

So, why not grow your own? However, Bass' garden is a little unique because it's in her front yard.

"We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help," she said.

Bass' cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she's been charged with a misdemeanor.

Listen to the voice of "You can't........" government tyranny from the mouth of pipsqueak commissar Kevin Rulkowski:
"That's not what we want to see in a front yard," said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.

Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what's "suitable?"

"If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster's dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what's common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers," he said.

And they used to laugh at the stiflingly oppressive bourgeois conformity of Eisenhower's America. This Rulkowski has it all: patronizing recourse to authority, "Webster's dictionary" in this case, which miraculously provides him with a definition of "suitable" vouchsafed to no one else on Earth. Look how much contempt the guy has for the average citizen: he brazenly makes up a definition that suits his own convenience and attributes it to a respected authority, because he's so confident that nobody will look it up and prove him wrong! He just doesn't care. He waves the magic words and figures his status as a government bossyboots will simply cow the peasants into dropping their gaze and letting him have his way.
We asked Rulkowski what he would say to those who feel this is ridiculous.

"I would argue that you won't find that opinion from most people in Oak Park," he responded.
Once again, there's just breezy assertion here. How would HE know the opinion of "most people in Oak Park"? He doesn't know. This is HIS opinion, and he's just attributing it to a bigger group of people in order to use the "intimidation by size" ploy. Where are all the voices from this local majority to support him? Nowhere. There are no crowds of people standing on their front lawns shaking their heads at the vegetable menace down the street, the way you'd find if it were a crack house being busted. There is no groundswell of opinion to support ripping up this lady's garden; at most there's a ratty little malcontent or two who anonymously snitched to the city. (And I don't even know that for sure, except that this is how this sort of thing usually falls into the greasy hands of government apparatchiks.)

It's not just the gardening side of it that infuriates me so much, though I can easily see myself in this lady's place (and I do have 2 big garden tubs growing tomatoes sitting right on my front driveway by the garage door). It's the vicious over-reaction of the powerful at the effrontery of this little nobody who wants to have her way. The swinging of a MACE to crush a grasshopper that's chirping out of turn. To threaten a respectable woman with 3 months in JAIL - for this. It's like the case of the guy assaulted in his own home by a SWAT time run by the Dept. of Education, for God's sake, or the Iraq vet in Arizona shot 60 times by government thugs because the only acceptable response to a command by a government official is immediate, silent submission. More and more, this is becoming the default attitude of the government towards it's former citizens, now it's subjects - submit or else. This woman is being punished for not being obedient to a government command - people should be hopping mad about it.

(Hat tip: The Agitator)


Blogger Tina said...

Every time I think things have gotten too insane and will start swinging back toward reality, something like this happens.

What an outrage! As far as I'm concerned, we have a God-given right to provide food for ourselves. That falls under the "Life" clause of the Declaration and surely fits into 4 of the 6 clauses that open the Constitution.

Even those who poo-poo the Constitution can be indignant: surely
the right to freely grow vegetables within sight of impressionable children and women is written into the UN's various goals and plans and proclamation documents somewhere.

9:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just ridiculous and in no way helpful to make me change my already pretty bad opinion about "the Americans" in general.

I'm just glad I personally know two wonderful and (what's more) very bright people who happen to be citizen of the States to remind me that not everyone over there is stubborn and stupid and acting like a complete fool.

I love your headline, by the way. :)

6:08 pm  

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