Paging Doctor White, Doctor T. H. White…

“Everything Not Compulsory is Forbidden.”

“Everything Not Forbidden is Compulsory.”

It’s supposed to be a scene in a fantasy novel. A cautionary scene, in which Merlyn tries to teach the future king what not to do.

But, as with 1984, our would-be masters at every level insist on seeing it as an instruction manual.

This isn’t from a fantasy novel…

The city had no laws pertaining to residential gardens, which means they were technically not allowed.

According to the city’s laws, if something is not permitted it is prohibited.

“Right now, if there is not something expressly in this code that says that you can have one, you technically can’t,” Blakeman confirmed.

I moved away because things like this kept driving me to teeth-grinding rages. Most other people seemed to take it in stride, and to this day I can’t decide if I was the crazy one.

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9 Responses to Paging Doctor White, Doctor T. H. White…

  1. Zelda says:

    Nope. You weren’t.

  2. suz says:

    Good Grief!! If it is not denied, you can’t have it!?!?! Someone has been smoking something too strong for sure. And no, you are not the crazy one! I would have left any community that followed that philosophy.

  3. You may be crazy in other ways (ways I appreciate), but you were the sane one among an insane population.

  4. Matt says:

    My city probably has similar rules, applied only to the little peoples or course. The working rule though, is that if you don’t ask permission, they cannot deny permission, therefore it is allowed.

  5. Unclezip says:

    In a totalitarian state, everything is either sanctioned or prohibited. I tend to follow Matt’s rule: never ask permission of your servants.

  6. MamaLiberty says:

    Very little of that BS here. :) There are two CR “restrictions” on the property around me… one is that there can only be a single dwelling on each 2.5 to 3 acre lot. OK, I can live with that. The second is the prohibition against keeping junk on the property (in legalese, of course). That one had me laughing from the moment I looked at the property I bought. EVERYONE here has a junk pile. Some have several. One man’s junk pile is another man’s scrounge pile. Nobody here gives a damn unless it catches on fire and endangers someone else’s property. Has happened… One guy down the hill from me lost his entire salvage pile – and the garage. Thank goodness it was too full of other, perhaps better junk so the car wouldn’t fit into it.

    He’s made a good start on a new pile already! :)

  7. Kentucky says:

    “The intention of it is to not to take away, it is to give,” he said.

    That the power structure believes it is in the position to grant “rights” as it sees fit is prominent in all the lefty/progressive activity on the federal level, due to a complete misunderstanding of the Constitution. It’s not surprising that it is present at the local level. It’s an unfortunate truth that many if not most of those who seek public office do it in an effort to be in the position of power that allows them to grant or restrict the “rights” of the little people . . . us.

  8. MJR says:

    Wow, this is just so draconian it’s amazing. I suspect the original intent of “if something is not permitted it is prohibited” was the elected officials wanted a means to deal quickly with situations they had not thought of but the unintended consequences for the citizens of something like this is brutal.

    Now that this have come to the light of day if the townspeople let this stand then they will have the leaders they deserve.

  9. At a public forum the Illinois Dept of Public Health got shamed into holding a couple of years ago after they tried to outlaw raw milk, one of the $110k/yr salaried turds condescendingly explained to the overflow crowd that “the Federal government says that the states are supposed to issue regulations for raw milk; so since we haven’t issued any regulations, that means it’s really illegal.” The “expert” panel got it’s intellectual head handed to it, and looked so stupid that it took them another two years to get around to implementing some of the regs. Here’s a recap:

To the stake with the heretic!