Sometimes I’m just amazed and perplexed by the news I hear coming out of the States today. I read a post on “What In the World is Going On’s” blog – It was a post about Jerry Seinfeld’s Son having his Lemonade Stand shut down. Read it here. This was my response to such a ridiculous act.
Lock Them Up and Throw Away the Key
Kids are such criminals, they should be locked up and the key thrown away. The absolute bad behavior of these children was despicable, how dare they think they have any right to raise money for such a terrible charity. People should never be put out to help others in need. It’s horrible!
Not really, but it amazes me just how far America has gone towards selfishness and disallowing the very thing that used to make America what it “was”. When people are desperate and need to feed their families, when young kids want to learn how capitalism works, how is it that society has decided they are criminals?
What ever happened to sensibility?
I personally believe the very thing that used to make America strong is being ripped away from it, “the ability to make choices”, they have been regulated away by the government. When Americans need to fear the very thing that is supposed to protect them, something is very wrong! What ever happened to sensibility and the spirit of the law?
True Entrepreneurial Spirit
Let me explain in a totally different way. The first time I came to Russia I was simply amazed. Everyone from the oldest to the youngest were out setting up stands, with their small or big items, it could be vegetables, household items, virtually anything and everything. I asked about this because you would never see this in the States. The police would come (like the story above) cite you, take your items, and possibly haul you off to jail, right? The answer I heard – people need to survive, even the police know that here in Russia, yes there a law against it but they look past it and let it be. Why? Because they are both human (vendors and police)! I did some earlier posts on this you can see them here, here, and here.
Is Capitalism a Right or a Crime?
Were these kids passing out pamphlets on how to make bombs? Or instructions on how to grow Magic mushrooms? (But Wikipedia can, and does) A emphatic, “No”! Were they jeopardizing the restaurant chain down the road that sells the same drink in a glass instead of a cup, No! But, does the corner where the stand was might have had an endangered insect on that small strip of land that needed to be protected, “No”. Maybe, they were punished for being “Capitalists” or “Entrepreneurs”. These children became criminals in a society that used to flourish because of its entrepreneurial spirit. Such events dash the hopes of even small kids, let alone adults.
Are “Outlaws”, Freedom Fighters?
What was once great about America will be lost forever if those who supposedly met out justice continue down this path. Their Children will no longer want to engage in what made it great, simply out of fear of their own government. Fear or Freedom, it’s a choice. I’m glad I live where people have that freedom to choose to support their families and not fear the consequences from the very people who are supposed to protect them. Isn’t it sad that one needs to become an outlaw to fight for his “Freedom”.
I will be praying for America and Americans. God Bless, Russia.