BREAKING THE LAW: Two Congressmen Blatantly Eat "Forbidden Food" to Protest Federal Regulations

Hemp scones? What harm could that cause? (As long as you don't toss them too hard.)

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There is a reason I love living in rural Missouri. Well, there are a lot of reasons, but one in particular suits this story.

Where I live, Mennonites are becoming increasingly common. Good, decent hard working folks who are also quite entrepreneurial. One of my Mennonite friends has a dairy cow. From it, he gets, wait for it…milk and cream.
Amish cow milking

He puts said milk and cream into a sterilized plastic jug and then sells it to me.

For a little over $4, I get around a gallon of raw milk and a quart of fresh cream.

It’s delicious and affordable.

It’s as close to a free market as I’ve experienced. The reason it isn’t truly free is I’m forced to buy the milk directly from him. He can’t, by law, sell it in a store.

Silly, isn’t it? Grown people are not allowed to buy and sell products in a store, but they can buy them in the parking lot of the store like we’re making a drug deal or something.

That’s what two members of Congress were protesting. Silly regulations and laws on food.
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From IJ Review:

Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) ate their meal Friday at Jezebel’s, a Denver restaurant. The reason they aren’t under criminal investigation, though? Because they were in Colorado, and while the dishes they ate are against the law to buy, they brought the food themselves.

Their meal of “forbidden and restricted foods,” as Polis called it, was to bring attention to federal rules they hope to change that limit how food can be sold.


Freedom. It’s what’s for dinner.

Some of the things Polis and Massie dined on were:

  • Hemp scones
  • Non-inspected steak
  • Non-inspected eggs
  • Kombucha
  • Raw milk

These two are working together to change some of these regulations. Here’s what’s interesting.

Polis is a progressive Democrat. He scores a 22 percent, or an F, on Conservative Review’s Liberty Score.

Massie is a conservative Republican. He scores a 92 percent, or an A.

That’s exactly what we’re about here at SamePageNation. We may not agree on everything, but we agree on many, many things:

We all agree that cronyism is currently strangling our political system. We all agree that civil and personal liberty is sacred, (freedom of speech is the bedrock of our freedoms), and, most importantly, we all agree that the government should be held accountable by the people it serves. When you drill those things down even further, it becomes clear that we truly are on the same page with each other more often than not.

This is a great example of that, in action. But it doesn’t need to be two millionaire Congressmen doing it. You can do it too.

If there’s an issue in your town, some silly regulation or limit on your personal liberty, take action.

We’ll help.

Images courtesy of the office of Rep. Jared Polis
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  1. Duke of URL Reply

    So it’s a “silly regulation” to prevent TB?
    Before the widespread urban growth caused by industrialization, people kept dairy cows even in urban areas and the short time period between production and consumption minimised the disease risk of drinking raw milk. However, as urban densities increased and supply chains lengthened to the distance from country to city, raw milk (often days old) began to be recognised as a source of disease. For example, between 1912 and 1937 some 65,000 people died of tuberculosis contracted from consuming milk in England and Wales alone. Developed countries adopted milk pasteurization to prevent such disease and loss of life, and as a result milk is now widely considered one of the safest foods.

    1. Dreen Reply

      Cattle TB isn’t actually transferred to humans. Humans with human TB can shed their TB into milk and transfer it to humans that way. Pasteurized dairy kills more people than does raw milk because the raw milk actually has enzymes that attack things like e-coli in it.

  2. Dreen Reply

    When we can’t decide what we want to eat and when we can’t get what we want to eat from whomever we want to procure it from, we cannot pretend that we are free. For instance, here in Missouri, where you can buy the milk directly from the farmer, you can’t buy the farmer’s home processed hamburger from them. It’s ridiculous to think that this nation, founded on individual liberty has come so far down the path to tyranny that food is a controlled substance. Thanks for the article!