Let merchants trade freely
In the Dec. 27 Herald, it was reported that Tega Cay Councilman Larry Harper said the issue of Sunday alcohol sales was "a question of revenue and convenience."
I beg to differ. It is a question of human rights. Do you and I have the right to offer our goods and services to others, or not? Do we have the right to purchase available goods and services, or not? Do we have the right to pursue our livelihoods, or do we have to obtain government permission?
If people think government officials have the right to legislate our lives, there is no way to limit to the amount of government interference in our lives.
To win his case against "government big brotherism," Councilman Harper will have to appeal to our constitutional right to our own life. This includes our right to pursue our own livelihood and our liberty to engage in free trade without government interference.
Government interference with the lives of citizens is the mark of a totalitarian nation. List of "forbidden goods" and government prescriptions of "which days" or "which hours" goods and services can be bought and sold amounts to outright dictatorship of some people over the rest of us.
I urge Councilman Harper to stand on the principles that made America great. Individual freedom to engage in voluntary exchange will result in the best practical solutions to every issue -- including the important issues of revenue and convenience.