Stories like this make be believe people who say, “The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now!”
Martha Boneta owns a small farm in Fauquier County, Virginia, where she recently hosted a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls. They wore hats, picked veggies, and made goat’s milk soap. The county says she should have obtain a license before hosting such an event and hit her with a $5,000 fine.
Boneta also got slammed with two more fines for $5,000 each, one for advertising a pumpkin carving and another for violations in the small shop on her property. Boneta sells produce from her farm, as well as eggs, yarn, birdhouses, and local crafts. She sought and received a license for the shop in 2011, but the county now says she can’t sell handiwork or produce from her neighbors under that license.
So in Fauquier County, Virginia, you cannot sell produce that you grow on your own land and you cannot hold a birthday party for a friend’s daughter without direct permission from the government. And unauthorized pumpkin carving carries a $5,000 fine.
Why do we still call ourselves a free country?
Maybe because the people can still protest the fines and elect new members to the board. At least, I think they can.
Maybe that carries a fine also.