This is Why Conservatives Hate the Government
Conservatives despise government because they believe government gets in the way of people exercising their freedom. Yes, we need police and infrastructure, but some government officials like to throw their weight around and force their will onto the will of the governed, or so say small government advocates. And sometimes, when we see examples this sort of government overreach in action, we understand, at least for a minute, why libertarians and republicans find big government so deplorable.
The most recent example comes from Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, where a non-profit organization, Green Urban Initiative (GUI), grew a city garden as part of city’s Adopt-a-Lot program. Sounds good right? If there’s a vacant lot, it’s better to maintain and grow food on it than just to leave it vacant, or at least that was the thinking behind GUI’s garden project.
Last week, Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams ordered workers to clear out the garden on a plot at the corner of Sixth and Curtin Streets. At a Harrisburg City County meeting that erupted in shouts, garden owners said they weren’t even notified it was going to be destroyed.
Williams said she had received several complaints about the garden before requesting it be removed. She said people were “engaging in s****l acts, as well as using the area as a bathroom facility and a buffer or place from criminals to hide their wares.” I mean, who doesn’t like engaging in a little hanky panky in between a patch of tomatoes and cucumbers right?
Kyle Shenk, Board Member with GUI said, responded, saying ”To me those are kind of ludicrous accusations I think were just born of frustration.”
But even if there were complaints, it would seem that Williams could’ve at least contacted GUI to remove the plants and seeds rather than having her workers bulldoze the field. That, it seems, was a clear overreaction and abuse of authority.
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