Philly Phreedom 2012 – Selling Lemonade without a Permit!
We had a great day despite the rain. It was pouring outside. Between 4000 and 5000 people showed up to hear Ron Paul speak in Philly. It is absolutely amazing that so many people would come out in the rain, shivering, freezing, soaking wet, to hear the message of freedom! We were there with our Lemonade Freedom stand selling lemonade without a permit. Lemonade Freedom is much more than just fighting for kids’ lemonade stands. If you believe that kids should have the right to sell lemonade to people who are willing to buy lemonade from them, then if your logic is consistent, you should come to the logical conclusion that every individual has the right to participate in voluntary exchange. Many people are starting to wake up and realize that our freedoms are being taken from us by a tyrannical government.
But very few people question the simple things, like… If we are free individuals, then why do we need to ask for permission to participate in voluntary exchange with one another? Why do we need to have a license to sell a service or product to someone who wants or needs that service or product? The answer is that we don’t. We don’t need to ask for permission. Every law, every regulation, every license or permit, is a roadblock standing in front of an entrepreneur. Government does not protect individuals. It does not help businesses. It only harms businesses. If more people understood this, then we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today. We need to get to the point where we don’t have the government telling us who we can or can’t do business with.
Ron Paul understands this. His goal is a society without coercion. He understands that every individual is a free person who can voluntarily choose to do business with anyone he sees fit. He understands that government gets in the way of a productive society, and he wants to get that government out of the way. If you value free markets and voluntary exchange, then Ron Paul is the only candidate who you should cast your vote for. If you value freedom and liberty and you are thinking about voting, then Ron Paul is the only candidate to consider. A vote for any other candidates is a vote for government control over our lives.