Why do libertarians want government power to be limited? That question was inadvertently answered recently by a passionate fan of the McDonald’s McRib sandwich, who appeared before the Santa Clarita (CA) City Council to request its help in getting her local McDonalds franchise to offer the sandwich. In her testimony she says “The removal of the McRib from the menu has affected my family.”
Like most people, she doesn’t seem to grasp that by asking a government body to do something she is asking, ultimately, for the threat of force and if necessary the use of force, i.e., police with guns, and tasers, etc. — in this case, to get a sandwich. And who knows, had she arrived with a hundred fellow McRib fans, the Council might have had the restaurant inspector drop by McDonalds to “ask” for a little cooperation. That’s the path to Venezuela…and worse.