About the Video
Local laws should not restrict a person’s use of their own property if there is no nuisance to nearby neighbors.
The term “big government” typically invokes images of Congress or the Legislature, but it is likewise applicable, in many ways, to laws that affect our lives in a far more direct manner, at a local level.
While local ordinances are typically intended to foster a better environment for all residents, they often neglect the rights of the individual—especially when using arbitrary restrictions on people’s use of their own property.
“If my neighbors don’t care… if my goat is not bothering anyone, if it’s not making noise, if it’s not biting anyone, they don’t even notice that it’s here… why does the city care?”
“If I was sewing for people for fun, the city would leave me alone. But as soon as I start making money at it or start earning something for my talents and skills, they want their piece.”
Stephen and Karina Palmer:
“Just because something is a law, doesn’t mean that it’s right.”
“What are we doing in society by trying to make everything criminal? It just doesn’t make sense. Especially things that should be solved just by one person talking to another.”
“As you look at your neighbors and their property rights and what you are doing on your property, if it’s not a nuisance—if it’s not causing a public health safety issue—then you should be able to do what you want on that property.”