We complain a great deal about the ever-growing government.  Here’s some great news for a change: the government actually became less restrictive in one very important way.

Last year, when snow hit the nation’s capitol, police stood guard against a terrible, menacing threat: sledders.  Apparently, there was a law against having fun on the hill outside the Capitol building.

But not this year!

When the snow returned this year, the sledders showed up again… holding their sleds and their liberty close to their chests.

This year, hundreds  were allowed to use the southwest lawn as their snow-covered playground. The Independent Journal even shared a photo montage of the sledding victory:

Image Credit: Joe Perticone for Independent Journal

Image Credit: Joe Perticone for Independent Journal

Image Credit: Joe Perticone for Independent Journal

All Image Credit: Joe Perticone for Independent Journal

What changed? House appropriators sneaked in a little provision that changed the sledding policy onto to the omnibus spending package.

Sure, they passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, but at least — in one tiny measure — the government shrunk.

Until the Convention of States is called to restrain the overreaching government, we’ll celebrate every little step (or slide, in this case) toward freedom.

See all pictures and videos here.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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