Oh yeah. Especially when it comes to politics. Don’t get me wrong. This post isn’t about politics in the Republican vs Demo sense. Or the liberal vs conservative sense. It’s about sense. Period. As in COMMON?!!! Hello Washington?? Is anyone there?! Well, I do know that the KS congressmen are listening. And I’d bet my Barbie doll that Nebraska, OK, TX, MO and other ag states are listening.
This is just so aggravating. We’re being bombarded with regulations, new laws to the point that I’m dizzy. So here’s the deal: the farm regulation being tossed about (and that’s what I’d like to personally do with it…TOSSS ITTTT!) would make:
Taking your child out with you to fix fences, IF he’s under 16, against the law.
Having your under 16 child clean a muddy farm truck with a power washer AGAINST the law.
Asking said child to open gates to feedlot pens a violation of regulations, especially IF it involves any electrically powered gates. As in: you can open this one, but you can’t open that one. We’ll need another adult to take care of that one. Hey, Grandma! Can you get over here?
The list could go on and on, but I won’t bore you with all of that. While announcing that they’re doing this to “protect children”, the REAL reason is yet another attempt to regulate every aspect of our lives.
You might ask, “But how would they enforce such laws?” Could they REALLY keep tabs on ALL farms throughout the country ALL of the time? Yep, they sure can. Ever hear of drones? I know, I know. And I probably have had visits from extraterrestrials too. I refer you to just one of MANY search results made on the topic of “drones spying on European farms”, the BBC in particular:
“Spying on Europe’s farms with satellites and drones” by Laurence Peter
If you don’t think this could happen here, think again. Ever check out any map site? Believe me, you can zero in on those things and see every cow in a pasture. And that’s just using a measly google map or whatever. Think about what these government agencies have at their disposal. Yeah, they can count the freckles on a farmkid’s nose. Don’t doubt it.
And safety? Really? Like us farm moms don’t care about safety?!! And…while we’re at it…my kid safer on the farm? My kid safer in say, oh I don’t know…the inner city of D.C. or NYC or even Dallas? Hands down, I know where mine is safer. And not just safer from physical harm but from damage to the mind, soul, spirit. I’m not putting down inner cities. I have many friends who have raised good kids in such places. But would it be “safer”? Hmmm, proof is needed on that one, dearest legislators. Don’t tell me how to raise my kids or anyone else’s for that matter.
Then there’s the work ethic. Can’t tell you how many college profs commented on our boys. “We want farm kids!! They know how to work.” No I can’t provide any stats. I just know from experience what employers want. You’ve got a leg up on a job application if you have farm experience. Just too many employers state this emphatically. Too many of our local farm kids have been sought after for their work ethic. Don’t even think about takingaway the opportunity for a parent to pass on that work hardiness, that legacy of family traditions, that COMMON SENSE that seems to escape more than half of our country right now!
No, this isn’t about safety. It’s about total control on us as parents, citizens and farmers. And if you think, “Oh but we don’t live on a farm. This doesn’t affect us.” Just wait. Just wait. It won’t affect you? Let me count the ways.