Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Banning Amish Food?
In my companion blog, Amish Articles, recent posts have been about the many ways the Amish community is under siege. With the recent headlines about mass producers recalling food because of food borne bacteria, the regulation-junkies have decided to turn their attention to Amish homemade foods. See The Hot Issue: Should Amish families be banned from selling homemade foods if they oppose government licensing?
The 'Long Tail' economic trends have made wonderful Amish food a potentially viable industry once again, for those especially great Amish cooks and bakers. Yet, the legislators seem to be still stuck on the side of the 'blockbuster' big box retailers, all designed to create and organize an easily manipulated 'mob mind.' Now that the internet is allowing people to find what they want, when they want it, wherever it happens to be, the characteristically American independent mind is being rediscovered, is being exercised, and therefor, being strengthened.
For influence peddlers, those who make $3600 per week, by Teddy Kennedy's own admission, surely don't want extra corporate funds and side benefits to dry up! If the tail becomes the real economic engine of this country, these influence peddlers will have no one to peddle to except the people. What a concept.
So to go after the small business, the Amish, with their cows, organic milk and cinnamon bread, is a cheap and easy target and a WARNING for the rest of us.
I say its time to BAN corporate influence, government intrusion and favor seeking. If a corporation, PAC or activist group isn't a living breathing person, they should NEVER receive favor over actual American citizens like the Amish. Like you.