Is America Becoming A Police State Where Churches Can’t Feed The Homeless And Kids Can’t Set Up Lemonade Stands?

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What would you do if authorities ordered your church to stop feeding the homeless?  And what would you do if your 5-year-old daughter was ordered to get government permission before setting up a lemonade stand?  Well, these things are actually happening in America today.  With each passing day, America goes further down the road toward becoming a police state.  Just yesterday, I wrote about a young mother that was threatened with arrest in California for not properly vaccinating her children.  We have entered a time when government bureaucrats are micromanaging all of our lives, and it is time for us to say that enough is enough.


The bigger government gets, the more oppressive it tends to become.  But most people don’t understand that there is an inverse relationship between liberty and the size of government.  The more government grows, the less freedoms we have, and this is true on the federal, state and local levels.

For example, all over America laws are being passed that make it illegal to feed the homeless.  Every new law, rule or regulation restricts our liberties and freedoms in some way, and in this case these sorts of laws restrict our freedom to help our neighbors in need.

Earlier today I came across another example of this.  A church in Malibu, California has just been ordered to stop giving food to the homeless

A Malibu church that has helped the homeless for years has been told to stop feeding people down on their luck.

CBS2’s Craig Herrera spoke to the people at the United Methodist Church about the request.

At various times, the church can serve as many as 70-100 people. They have been serving the meals on Wednesdays since 2014.

Sadly, this feeding program is being shut down right after Thanksgiving when people will need it the most.

This is really a pet peeve for me.  I don’t care how many laws they try to pass, if I see someone in need I am going to try to feed them.  Helping those that are hurting is always the right thing to do, and the government control freaks that are trying to shut this feeding program down should immediately resign from their positions.

Another pet peeve of mine is when authorities try to shut down lemonade stands run by young children.  This happened yet again just the other day in Porterville, California

In Porterville, California, a five-year-old girl who set up a lemonade stand to raise money to buy herself a new bike has been told four months later that she needed a business license to do it.

Her mother received the warning in a citation from city hall which asked her to send back $59, the local fee for applying for a new license plus a fine.

Thankfully the authorities apologized in that case, but in many other cases around the nation that has not happened.

Our founders wanted to create a nation where individual liberties and freedoms would be maximized.  That is why they intended for government to be limited, but over time we have swung the pendulum completely in the other direction.  We desperately need to rediscover the benefits of limited government, and that is one of the key pillars that I am running for Congress on.

If we continue to go down the path of big government, eventually we will end up like other “socialist paradises” around the globe.

For instance, China has become such a police state that they are actually instituting a “citizen score” for every single person in the country…

China has already implemented its Citizen Score on a voluntary basis but this month government officials released details about how the program will operate in 2020 when it becomes compulsory for all Chinese citizens.

For those who may be curious, think of the Citizen Score, sometimes referred to as a trust score, as akin to a credit score but one that encompasses every conceivable aspect of one’s life. Buy video games and your score drops because the government assumes you are idle, buy diapers and it rises because you seem more stable.

Get a traffic ticket or speak out about the government, and your score drops, but earn a degree or support the Party and your score might rise. Miss paying your bills or don’t support your parents and your score will suffer. Read books that the party doesn’t deem ideologically sound or watch foreign movies, and your score will take a hit.

Is that the kind of society you want?

If not, we have got to fight for the future of America while we still can, because the left very much wants to take us down that road.

I do not want a Big Brother police state micromanaging all of our lives, and you shouldn’t either.

America is supposed to be “the land of the free”, and it is time for us to fight to make that a reality once again.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

  • DJohn1

    No one is free.
    It is called professionalism when a pro steals money from the public legally.
    If you depend on a company to make a living they control what you do or you get fired.
    People work for a living. Others go on the public welfare.
    Guess who gets free medical treatment?
    When the media is controlled by a small number of people you do not get a free press.
    Same people threaten people with a campaign of muddying their chances of getting elected. That is not freedom.
    We have slander laws. They do not apply to the press.
    We have monsterously big corporations and behind the scenes they run the country. That is not freedom either.
    We have zoning laws. These laws often command people to do something with their property like mowing the grass to a certain height. That is not freedom.
    So you have some people taking it to an extreme that tomorrow will be normal?
    You have taxes on Real Estate that people have worked all their lives to pay a mortgage off. That is not freedom.
    You have public monopolies amongst lawyers that demand and get 1/3 of your back pay if and when you get on workman’s comp for any reason.
    Try doing a will without a lawyer.
    Try closing a house without a large fee for a 15 minute search of the records on a title and then charging you for title insurance.
    We are one of the only large nations on the planet that does not have some form of socialized medicine insurance on a national level.
    So work your entire life and one illness later you have nothing left.
    That also is not freedom.

  • marlene

    America is already a police state in many ways because Americans are not minding the store. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. No vigilance, no freedom – period.

  • 72 Dolphins

    Drove about an hour and a half from central PA to Harrisburg recently. Must have been 10 to 15 patrol cars watching the roads on my way. People pulled over left and right. I was pulled over while doing the speed limit because my window tinting was too dark. Had recently moved from a state with different tint laws but really? Opioid epidemic ravaging the state and I’m pulled over for window tinting? Then I tried to park outside a State Government building to get some new type of birth certificate now required by DHS. Paid $10.00 for one hour while reserved state employee parking was designated everywhere. Finally was able to submit the paperwork for the certificate in a small, dingy crap hole of an office with no restrooms and was then told to come back 3 days later to get the certificate. PA starting to feel like East Germany under the Stasi

    • MEP325

      I can share your frustration. But cops don’t have crystal balls that show them when and where people are getting high on heroin and pills.

  • Occams


    You’re going to make a GREAT politician, Michael. Just a few years behind grasping the completely obvious…..

    Oh, yea. And you can THANK that phony 9/11 ‘story’ you all pretend is ‘real’. That was what opened the gates, you effing tool.

  • A police state is one of the thousands of inherent consequences of governments (such as the Constitutional Republic) without an immutable/unchanging moral standard. Those claiming to represent We the People (as opposed to God) garner more and more power to themselves and ultimately transforming such governments into police states.

    Note, I said power not authority. No one in such governments rule by authority, only by power. It’s the difference between the biblical civil government the Apostle
    Paul depicts in Romans 13:1-4, a government of, by, and for God governed by biblically qualified men who are a blessing to the righteous and a deterrent to the wicked. This, juxtaposed with governments of, by, and for the people based upon capricious man-made traditions. Case in point: the U.S. Constitutional Republic.

    For more, see blog series “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government,” beginning at

    Part 1 of an audio series by the same title can be found at

    • Grundune

      Bologna! The U.S. Constitution protects us from government tyranny.
      Better block your Disqus history before folks research you and find out
      that you’re nothing more than an anti-U.S. Constitution activist like
      Communists, Socialists, Democrats, Marxists and Sariah loving Muslims.

  • L. A. McDonough

    There are certain facilities where homeless have meals, food can be donated at these places where food is prepared. Homeless panhandle, beg, and set up tent cities near these churches is why people /city gov. want this outlawed as it degrades property values near churches and trash thrown all over. One tent shelter behind a mall here had trash strewn everywhere.