There are some truly egregious overreaches being performed at all levels of American government, but this latest legislative move in Alabama is downright preposterous.
Americans have long been at odds with the forces governing them. Given the impetus for our nation’s founding, it would be acceptable to say that dissidence is built into our patriotic DNA. Ever since we established this republic of ours, we’ve been tightly holding the reigns, fighting for every step in the tall grass of treason, and calling in an additional lasso-wielding hero when the occasion calls for it.
In its most grand form, the federal government is taxing and legislating us to absurd levels. When local governments turn unruly, however, the repercussions are far more cringeworthy than they are revolt-sparking. In the case we’re about to share with you, it’s downright asinine.
“An Alabama town is requiring teenagers who mow lawns to make some extra money this summer to obtain a business license.
“Government officials and professional lawn companies are threatening to go after teens who mow lawns in the city of Gardendale if they do not show proof of a business license, which is required under a city ordinance, WBMA reported.“The license costs $110 to obtain, regardless of how many months or how often someone works cutting lawns.
“Local residents say they are outraged by the city’s ordinance and say it unfairly targets teenagers.
“Elton Campbell, whose granddaughter, Alainna Parris, cuts neighbors’ lawns, said she has ‘never heard of child cutting grass’ being required to obtain a business license.
“’One of the men that cuts several yards made a remark to one of our neighbors that ‘if he saw her cutting grass again that he was going to call Gardendale’ because she didn’t have a business license,’ said Campbell.”
Similar to the horror stories in recent years regarding the busting up of corner lemonade stands by children, this latest aggressively enforced nonsense not only creates a nightmare, legally, for our nation’s young entrepreneurs, it also instills in our youth an unhealthy sense of helplessness in the face of our government. Crushing the enthusiasm of these young people should be a crime in and of itself.
Furthermore, should we take this argument to the same unbelievable level that Gardendale has, we can say with some certainty that this quaint southern town will soon be overrun by black market lawn mowing services. As with other underground transactions, turf wars and violence could ensue, ensnaring the otherwise picturesque town in a cartel war between separate lawn care factions.