The U.S. government raided the Gibson guitar factory last year. It confiscated $500,000 worth of imported wood based on a law in India that prohibits the export of wood. The wood was going to be used in guitar frets.
The U.S. government is now the enforcer for the entire world’s labor and export policies. It’s the law. American law.
How safe is American industry from arbitrary raids like this one? This used to be the home of the brave and the land of the free. Not any more, it isn’t.
Our freedoms are disappearing at a rate of 79,000 pages of fine-print regulations every year. These are published in the Federal Register. Most Americans know nothing about this. Most Americans never will.
Here is what is going on.
The government has not charged Gibson in court.
It’s time to face the music. But not on a Gibson guitar. Not any more.