Vermont is not letting this crisis go to waste. It appears to have ordered stores to prohibit the purchases of an item it deems non-essential. Vegetable seeds. You read that right. No starting a home garden by order of the State!
This seems like a good test of Vermonter’s tolerance for tyranny.
A picture’s worth, as they say, but I didn’t leave it at that. I went to Vermont.gov in search of some words, documents, anything I could find.
Nothing. Not a damn thing.
The site sort of sucks, so it may just be my unfamiliarity with how they share these details. But I did find the governor’s emergency orders and did not see “seeds verboten!”
Purchase of seeds, that is. I’m sure you can do whatever you want with the seeds you have (for now) which beg the question, why?
Why is this sign attached to this display?
Where is the authorizing order?
Why would you make people stay home then not let them grow their own vegetables? In Vermont!
You can order them online. What’s the point?
Is there some mad contagious farmer touching all the packets in the displays!
If you shoplift them(that’s not purchasing them) is it against the law for someone to take the seeds back?
Perhaps a resourceful reader will know the answer. Until then, let me just lob a “round” across the bow of anyone in New Hampshire government who thinks this might be the next step. Don’t do it!
At this point, something like 0.03% of the entire state population has the flu. We have closed businesses, ended employment, sent college kids home, put every district on remote learning, quarantined folks, and reordered public society for this.
As we’ve reported on these pages almost daily, the models they are using are WRONG! Not even close.
We are willing to tolerate it for a little while longer but if the numbers do not shoot for the moon soon, and we don’t see fatality rates even remotely close to a normal flu season, civil disobedience will be required.
And don’t even think about banning everyday stuff on typical store shelves. Someone will feel the need to invoke article 10 of our state Constitution.
[Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
June 2, 1784
Update: Pardon the auto checker turning Flu into Fly and my not noticing. Or, perhaps, just pardon my not noticing. But it has been corrected.