Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty. How’s that for a headline?
It seems that some of those independent Yankees up in New England have decided that the nanny-state has nanny-ed enough.
Sedgwick passed an ordinance that gives its citizens the right “to produce, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing,” regulations be damned. The ordinance includes raw milk, meats that are slaughtered locally, all produce, and just about anything else you might imagine. Furthermore, the town has declared that interference from the state or federal government is illegal. Yes!!
Sedgwick believes, that according to the Home Rule provisions of their State Constitution, the citizens of Sedgwick have the right to enact an ordinance that is “local and municipal in character.” Sedgwick started the fight in 2011, and it appears that they are winning.
As many of you know, I’ve spent the last year and a half researching; engaging a web design company; writing copy (with 15 or 20 revisions each); shooting the initial videos; (learning how to write a script and then speak on camera – definitely a work in progress); raising the initial capital to get the website built; etc., etc… all leading to the launch of the Let’s Do It Ourselves Movement.
Our producer, Russell Moore, has over 15 years experience in film production; both in news, and in movie making. He is one of that rare species; a Hollywood conservative.
Cindy Davidson is our researcher, and she is cataloging backup data for those of you who like to dig. She is also teaching me Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Steep learning curve happening!
Like many – I’d guess most of you- I believe government is involved in far too many areas of our lives. We pay too much in taxes, but even then it’s not enough – witness our massive government debt. More importantly, our reliance on the nanny-state depletes our character, and demoralizes us.
I don’t believe in “no government”. I just believe in responsible, necessary government. Government that is, in Abraham Lincoln’s words: “by the people, and for the people”.
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We absolutely can reverse the slide into nanny-statism, and regain the best of the past, including an attitude of self-reliance. At the same time, we, can look after each other and our neighbors who truly need assistance.
Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged us thus far. We are just getting started!
P.S. Allison Diaz is a blogger extraordinaire. She is a writer extraordinaire. Her transparency is shocking. Her family’s story will inspire you. It will make you think. For a view into determination, faith and sheer guts, it would be hard to beat her blog at www.dannyandallison.com