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Pardon Him, Mr. President

Samuel Girod, Kentucky, crime, Amish, FDA, drug,

Presidents tend to issue pardons as their tenures draw to a close. But many victims of our government should be pardoned right now. Until the culpable agencies can be dismantled and/or sundry bad laws repealed, a steady flow of presidential pardons would provide the swiftest justice.

An Amish man in Kentucky, Samuel Girod, has been convicted of selling herbal remedies and such crimes as “failing to appear.” It doesn’t add up to one day in prison, let alone the six years of his sentence.

Girod created a salve from natural ingredients for treating skin disorders. After the state health department demanded that he stopped making certain claims for the product, he changed its name to Healing Chickweed. Told that the word “healing” was prohibited, he changed the name to Original Chickweed. The Food and Drug Administration also hounded him for selling various herbal remedies, which they called “drugs” because of his medical claims.

The man’s worst sin in all this seems to be failure to cooperate with the harassment. When FDA agents tried to examine his “manufacturing process,” he refused entry to his home. When Girod missed a hearing about his case, the government dubbed him a “fugitive.” The local sheriff can’t understand why the government is “victimizing such peaceful and law-abiding citizens.”

Yes, it’s a puzzle. Many historical, political, institutional, ideological and psychological factors would help explain it. More than answers, though, Samuel Girod needs his freedom.

How about it, Mr. President?

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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  1. John F Brennan says:

    An abomination, and a pardon most probably warranted.  As for the sentence, 6 years is light for seeking to compete with big pharma and its lapdog, the FDA. It could have been much more severe, after all he might have sold a non-conforming health insurance policy across state lines, which I understand is a capital offense. 

  2. Patricia Bourdeau says:

    I agree. Pardon him. Start a petition. I’ll sign it,

  3. Brian Richard Allen says:

    Please, Mr President?

    And while you’ve your pardons’ pen to hand, please give Scooter Libby back his Life?

    Thank you, Sir, for your anticipated kind attention.

  4. Karen H says:

    Unreal & ludicrous! O wait, big Pharma is losing a few sheckles?! No wonder, let’s prosecute.

    I agree pardon this man, this do-gooder, who attempts to help people naturally. But does the President even know?

  5. Not So Free says:

    And Hillary is still free?

  6. Brian Wright says:

    Posted via Twitter here: … Quite unbelievable. Also grounds for resurrecting the people’s independent grand jury: Also Facebook.

  7. JdL says:

    If government people ever feel like asking, “Why do they hate us?”, this is a perfect example. Brutal injustice, callously administered, and all paid for with money extracted from my pocket at the point of a gun. What sort of actions will it take to make this stop?

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