January 4, 2014
The dream of many Americans is to get out of the hustle and bustle of
the daily city grind. And what better dream to have then to move your
family outside of city limits to the countryside so that you can grow
your own food, produce your own electricity with solar power, and live
outside the purview of an ever expanding government apparatus?
That was the goal for hundreds of residents living on the outskirts
of Los Angeles. Many own their land outright and have been living on it
for decades without so much as a peep from their local
government. They’ve built their homes using whatever means they had
available to them. They planted their own fruits and vegetables. They
even set up their own personal power production stations using solar
panels and miniature wind farms.
And they’ve lived peacefully without violating the rights of those
around them and leaving a very small “carbon footprint” to boot. For all
intents and purposes, they achieved a life of independence and freedom.
But the tentacles of tyranny are everywhere and no one is protected from their grasp.
Recently, agents of the Los Angeles county government started paying
visits to these rugged individualists. They claimed they were “here to
help,” as one resident puts it. But, as is generally the case when the
government comes knocking, they were there for exactly the opposite.