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Using the Constitution Series: Speaking with a Communist

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Does private property exist? If we own property, may we alter it as we see fit? Recently, while discussing property rights, a whole new argument arose…Communism.

Are individuals able to exercise private property rights or does government control property? The first time I encountered this debate was with a libertarian’s husband who felt because we pay property taxes, we don’t own property. The next time, I believe a liberal, was concerned about what his neighbor’s did, playing loud music, water rights and property values. The last argument claimed that the state owns property and we only pay “rent” in the form of taxes.

The argument transitioned to we do not have alodial title. Perplexed by the angle of the argument, I went home and researched “Alodial titles”. I realized that he was not advocating for property rights but for government control of property. In other words, you do not have control and ownership of your own property. The ability to make decisions based off your own decisions of property in land and servicing one another within business also.

Paying taxes is different than a mortgage, as the bank owns your property, you may not be able to tear down your house because the bank actually owns the property. While paying property taxes, you’re paying local government for the common good such as roads, schools, police, etc. This is based on your property value. While apartment complexes and communities pay taxes, some communities enter into a home owners association which is different than your local government. Your local government is not a home owners association.

Our constitutional republic predates Marxism, communism and fascist theories and our founder’s understood the importance of private property. Communism is defined as, “advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.” As government does identify property lines and other similar functions, they are making law concerning property rights so advocates for communism use this as a springboard into control of property. This is a far cry from control over your property.

Private property and capitalism are a cornerstone of our nation for over 225 years, this is a right protected by the Fifth Amendment. It reads, “…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

…the right to life issue is a whole new discussion.

For private property to be taken, it must exist. Now, there are some who claim that the Bill of Rights only applies to the federal government but communism is communism. Whether it’s a local, state or federal level, property is still taken. Taxing authority is different than owning property; taxes go to paying for common interests.

Private property rights are the most important of our freedoms. People cannot exercise their rights and freedoms without private property…or if they do, it will be with the permission of the property owners.

The ability to redress grievances and exercise the Five Freedoms, freedom of assembly, speech, press, religion or petition cannot be exercised without private property. When a person posts on Facebook, they are using someone else’s property to exercise their freedom of press. When you speak at a city council or public grounds, you are speaking on government property and should abide by their rules.

If government owns your property, then they may conduct “Illegal searches and seizures.” Do you have the right to bear arms if you’re renting your property? When someone invites you to use their property, it is their option to allow you to represent their property as they see fit.

When government owns all property, this economic system is communism. Those with a silver tongue will always advocate for communism over capitalism because their commodity is politics and the art of persuasion. The foundation of our economic system is capitalism. The most vulnerable within our society is…the individual! …and protecting private property rights should be sacrosanct! Without private property and respect for it …then no one is free.

…besides, the “supreme Law of the Land” protects it.

“I would have saved 1,000 slaves if they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman

Cops Investigating Complaint get kicked out of a Garage Sale

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state-patrolMost people are congenial when they have contact with their local police. Granted we get annoyed when we get pulled over for speeding or we see a cop parked on patrol in our neighborhoods, but most of us realize that the officers are just doing their jobs to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.

 

And then there are people like this!

 

A recent video went viral on You Tube shows a trio of police officers responding to a local residence in the midst of a garage sale. The video shows an officer coming to investigate after hearing a report that guns are being sold at the sale. The neighborhood looks like a middle class to upscale neighborhood and there are people wandering around the tables in the driveway looking at various items for sale.

 

The officer comes onto the property, not unlike the customers and starts asking questions about the possibility of guns on the property for sale at the garage sale. The uncooperative couple, instead of answering the officer’s questions and setting his mind at ease, start resisting the officer, video taping him and demanding that he leave the property immediately.

 

Now there are some interesting facts that come out after watching the video. Apparently you are welcome on this residential property and can buy their gently used items as long as you don’t have a badge and a gun. Second, it is not illegal to have garage sales or even to sell guns at your garage sales.

 

Most municipalities have a process whereby residents can apply for a permit to have a garage sale. (It usually involves a small fee or tax.) Likewise states have statues regarding the sale of weapons between private persons. The video doesn’t say where it was filmed, so there is no way I can confirm what the local laws state. They vary from state to state and sometimes between municipalities. In Minnesota, a seller of long gun or hand gun can download a document to facilitate the transfer of the weapon to another private person. A call to the BCA, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, can clear up whether or not a buyer is authorized to purchase a gun. The process is identical to that you’d expect in a gunshop, gunshow or from an authorized licensed dealer. In my state, long guns don’t require a permit to purchase, unless you are talking about the AR or AK style weapons.

 

Most of the time, doing a routine pre-purchase check takes 20 minutes or less. It can take as much as 5 days, so it pays to be patient. Regardless, the sale of guns between private persons is legal and there is usually a process set up to do it. I would check your local laws before you make a transfer. I would never sell a gun to someone who is out of state as it is too hard to verify his or her status. I would also never sell to anyone who did not either have a permit to purchase or to carry. A quick call to the BCA can confirm whether or not that person’s credentials to purchase are still valid. You don’t want to run into any problems or sell to someone who has a record.

 

Bottom line is this: we are all concerned about the apparent encroachment of government in our lives. A police state is not something any of us want. But we have laws and we have cops and it behooves us to be polite to the people who wear badges and guns. No one in this video was tazed, no one was set down on the ground, and you just have some cops on routine patrol asking questions. THAT’S THEIR JOB. The homeowner should ask himself or herself, after treating cops this way in the routine execution of their jobs, what happens when I need to call 911? Are these officers going to be very quick in answering my call? Probably not.

 

Police are people too and it is important that we not forget that fact. Some are good and some aren’t. I’m not convinced that these officers are bad, that they wanted to ‘raid’ the garage sale as the videographer claims. There are so many bad eggs out there willing to do people harm that the officers who enforce our laws have to be super-careful in regards to their safety and ours. It doesn’t hurt us to greet an officer with a smile and a wave. After all, we pay them to do the job that they do. Why not earn their trust when they do it? I would make things go a lot better for all of us.

 

As for the bad eggs in uniform, they are definitely out there. Keep the cameras warmed up for them. It isn’t illegal to tape officers doing their job, just don’t get involved yourself or interfere. The evidence you gather could lead to the firing of a bad cop and a change in how a local department does business.

 

Information on transfer of firearms in Minnesota can be found here.

Is this house big enough to hold my ego?

The Palace of Versailles remains a magnet for the pretentious.

The Palace of Versailles remains a magnet for the pretentious.

Even a property–rights conservative must admit it’s always an ominous sign when a prospective neighbor decides to give his soon–to–be–constructed house a name. There’s nothing that screams “Arriviste!” like a billboard in the front yard trumpeting the fact that your new home is so large it merits a title and will be petitioning for a Zip Code.

So it came as something of a shock to unsuspecting neighbors in the Hidden Springs community of Great Falls when Mrs. Young Yi installed a sign announcing construction of “Le Chateau De Lumiere,” when their own homes had been anonymous lo these many years.

I must confess we’ve privately called our modest shelter the “Fisher–Price House” because the siding was once bright yellow with equally arresting blue shutters. But we didn’t hang banners off the eaves announcing the fact or stock the front yard with random infants.

I believe the title of Mrs. Yi’s abode means “mansion of light” much like a bullfighter’s garish getup is called the “suit of lights.” But what the name lacks in modesty is more than compensated for by its addition of “diversity” to the blandly wealthy neighborhood.

According to the Washington Post, the 25,425 sq. foot behemoth is modeled on Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. This asteroid, is ten times larger than the average square footage of a house built these days for lesser mortals. And it’s almost twice the size of the Virginia governor’s mansion, which comes in at a paltry 14,000 sq. ft.

Mrs. Yi’s plans call for European landscaping and, much like an airport runway, the manse will also boast a lavish underground lighting system, hence the “Lumiere.” She will also enjoy a pool, pool house, wine cellar, exercise room, billiard room, sauna, card room, rec room, gallery and a theater with a “concession space,” which may be how she plans to offset the mortgage payment. No word as yet on valet parking.

There’s something about Versailles that’s a magnet for pretension. Back in 2000 Michael Saylor, who was briefly a dot.com billionaire, unsuccessfully planned to build a mega–edifice in Great Falls also modeled on Versailles. His was to have a football field, although if he was really serious about the Versailles connection it should have been a soccer pitch.

Continuing to mix architectural metaphors Saylor declared, “I want it to be like the White House.” Saylorville was projected to cost as much as $50 million and he described it as, “part house, part embassy, part ceremonial” and all hey–look–at–me!

It’s somewhat ironic the house causing restless nights for the neighbors is being built by the owner of 1st Class Sleep Diagnostics Center, a chain with six locations in Virginia that treats apnea, snoring, insomnia and obsessing about construction plans.

The NIMBYs, I mean neighbors, are using time–worn objections that have been employed to prevent construction of everything from bike paths to nuclear reactors: It’s an eyesore, it’s too big, trees will die, it interferes with my view, it will lower property values(!) and it makes my house look small.

It’s difficult to muster much sympathy for either side. On one hand you have the $25 million Case de Ostentation where a functioning GPS is required to find the bathroom and on the other you have people who, in the priceless words of reporter Justin Jouvenal, “deliver their own trash to dumpsters at a local school, rather than have a noisy trash truck rumble down the main road.”

More likely Mr. and Mrs. Fastidious order their undocumented landscape interns to dump the trash, which in addition to eliminating rumbly trash trucks also eliminates the need to pay for garbage disposal since taxpayers pick up the tab.

The wealthy are always appalled when reality refuses to accommodate their whims. Social disapproval does not appear to be working, so lawyers have been hired. The lawsuit leans heavily on deed covenants that were put in place to keep the lots large and woody. Unfortunately, for neighbors seeking to occupy the moral high ground (while leaving the trees undisturbed), deed covenants or restrictions have been used in the past to keep Jews from buying property and blacks from moving into a neighborhood.

The suit also contains vague charges regarding the loss of the “sylvan character” of the neighborhood and the megalith’s failure to demonstrate “conservative” aesthetics.

But mostly the controversy again proves the enduring truth of Dennis Miller’s observation that “a developer is someone who wants to build a house in the woods, while an environmentalist is someone who already has a house in the woods.”

Sesame Street: There is such a thing as a free lunch

The Obama economy is taking it’s toll in unexpected areas.  Now even one of the Muppets is going hungry.  Oh wait, it’s not PC to say she’s going hungry.  She’s “food insecure”.

The difference is really important because referring to her as hungry might make people think she doesn’t have enough food to eat.  By calling her “food insecure”, everyone will know that she actually doesn’t have enough food to eat.  Er… wait.

The newest muppet to be created is named Lily and she is food insecure.  Of course, the question no one seems to be asking is: If Sesame Street is having this much trouble making ends meet, why do they keep “creating” more muppets they can’t support?  Maybe we’ve found the source of the problem.

In any event, a group of progressives is sending DVDs of Lily into schools throughout the country to propagandize students into supporting federal welfare programs.

At the National Press Club this week, Lily was busy giving a guilt-trip about the national school lunch program:

“Sometimes we can’t always afford to buy all the food that we need,” Lily said. “I mean, but we’ve been finding lots of ways that we can get help…Yeah, for example, at school I get a free breakfast and a lunch…part of the meal plan.”

But if the kids that are getting these DVDs from the Food for Thought program are old enough to learn about starvation in the world, they’re plenty old enough to learn that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

It’s time for someone to create Les – the heavy tax burden Muppet.  He can go to schools and teach kids about the other side of Lily’s situation that no one in the media likes to talk about.

Les could go to the National Press Club and tell everyone:

“I don’t always get to see my mommy and daddy as much as I want to…  Yeah, I get lonely sometimes.  They have to work really long hours to pay for all their taxes.

You see… some people go to school and think that their lunch is free… but it’s really not.  The government actually takes money away from my mommy and daddy to pay for it.  So every time they go to work and earn money for our family, people from the government come and take about half of it away from us.

You’d think that the mommies and daddies of the kids like Lily who get those lunches at school would appreciate everything my mommy and daddy give to them.  But a lot of them don’t!  Some of them even went to a rally on Wall Street to demand that the government take even more money away from my family.

Last night, I heard my mommy tell my daddy that it wasn’t worth working so hard anymore… Yeah, so they might just quit working so other people will have to give them things.”

After hearing that, there will certainly be people hyperventilating and screaming, “So it’s ok to let children starve just to avoid raising taxes?”  No, it’s not ok to let children starve.  However, the federal government might be the single worst organization to help them.

Just take a look at Congress.  Most of these people can barely run their own personal lives let alone someone else’s.  This is the same group of people who – when faced with the single biggest financial crisis the world has ever seen – focused their attention on legalizing bestiality in the military and the eating of horses.  And these are the people that children should rely on to feed them?

But the bigger problem here is that when Lily advocates free lunches, she is teaching children that they have a right to take other people’s property.  It teaches students that, if they hit a rough patch in life, they have a right to demand that other people provide for them.

Having some trouble paying all the bills at the end of the month?  Don’t bother canceling the cable or the cell phone.  Just go to the government and demand that it take other people’s money to provide “free” lunches and health care and who knows what else.

This is the wrong message to send to children.  Children need to learn to respect the God-given right every individual has to keep the property he has created.  It is immoral to confiscate a person’s honestly created property for any reason.

If a person who was food insecure going hungry went into someone else’s house and just took money to buy food, nearly everyone would agree that that was wrong.  Why is it better if that hungry person asks the government to go into someone else’s house and take the money on his behalf?

Again, the progressives scream, “So it’s ok to let them starve then?”  No – the government isn’t the answer to every problem.  The most effective way to help people (and Muppets) in Lily’s situation is through private charity.

The argument here isn’t that Lily should continue to starve.  The argument is that there are organizations to help her that are much more effective than the federal government and that don’t involve violating the property rights of millions of Americans.

For example, the Rockford Rescue Mission feeds hundreds of people every day – without a dime of federal funding.  In other words, everyone who supports the Mission does so voluntarily, without having their property confiscated.

Private organizations like the Rockford Rescue Mission are the examples that should be held up as an example for children.  These are groups of Americans who have made a personal decision to get directly involved in helping less fortunate people in their community put their lives back together.  Not because they are forced to by the government – but because they choose to.

If Sesame Street were simply trying to help children understand and appreciate that there are people in the world who don’t always have enough to eat – then that is a laudable goal.  But it didn’t.  Instead, Sesame Street chose to use childhood hunger as an excuse to push socialism in a blatant piece of propaganda.  Shameless doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Fort Monroe, Property Rights and Communism

“In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” – Karl Marx, the Communist Manifesto

Most people at the Hampton Roads Convention Center were enthused to make Fort Monroe, Virginia a National Park, especially the Conservation Groups. An elderly lady demanded the federal government confiscate over two million acres of property surrounding National Parks to preserve them. The most disturbing comment came from a teenager. While describing his nature trip along the James River, he explained private property was the cause of the destruction of our beaches…the sound of freedom was slowly deflating from his future. One councilwoman provided three names John Mallory, Frank Baker and Sheppard Townsend for the youth to look up, she rather left out a vital lesson. Private property is actually the pillar of freedom; it allows us to make decisions without needing the authorization of someone else.

As it would be nice for Fort Monroe to become a National Park, it should not be done at the expense of confiscating private property. After reading Scott Rigell’s House Bill 2456 and Mark Warner and Jim Webb’s Senate Bill 1303, there are questions of whether property ownership is being infringed. Most of the maps did not have a north beach in Hampton and the bill referred to the map. So, one can only assume that lines are drawn but is private property being taken?

“Now what liberty can there be where property is taken without consent?” – Samuel Adams

While our city councils pursue their global goals at their constituents’ expense, the question is whether they respect our property rights. As they make decisions on the regional level and follow international direction, it’s sad to say that they do not.

One of the objectives of United Nations Agenda 21 is to eliminate private property. These UN practices are active within the Hampton Roads Region and across the nation. The citizens of this nation use to exercise “government run by the people,” but now our neighbors, who we elect, have taken the role of “governance of the people.” As we move toward a Global Community, the President has given an executive order to assist rural areas in their fundamental transition.

On June 9, 2011, he signed Executive Order 13575 that establishes “a council to better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in our communities.” This Council consists of 25 Federal agencies to include the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the Department of Education to name a few. Why would these agencies be needed in rural America? As sixteen percent of population is in rural America, the language used in this Executive Order is consistent with some used by Agenda 21. Its intentions are to place the populations within allowable regions. This is known as “The Wildlands Project.” Whether we are at this stage or not is beyond me, but the intentions is to restrict human activity to certain regions in the nation.

“Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.” – John Adams

Property rights is the foundation of freedom and without it, we are slaves. It allows people to make decisions about their own property; no need for a committee, paperwork or fees. Just do it. These rights do not stop at your property lines, they entail your businesses, your family and whatever other possessions you may have. Without private property and mainly property rights, liberty does not exist.

“The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated” – James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention, 1829

As our neighbors who were elected as Mayors and city council have become masters of the soviets. We were taught the atrocities of communism, the bad things that it and fascism did to their people. Our children are taught to idolize Che Guevara and Mao Zedong and are not exposed to the evils of people who studied and practiced Karl Marx such as Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Vladmir Lenin, Benito Mussolini and even Adolf Hitler.

“The Utopian schemes of re-distribution of the wealth…are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown.” – Samuel Adams

If anyone wishes to discuss important slave history with our children, they should start with the importance of private property rights. Then our children, such as the young teenager who spoke at the Fort Monroe public forum, would truly understand the meaning of freedom. If our children do not understand that, they do not understand freedom. Once you no longer have these rights, freedom no longer exists because you have nowhere to go…except someone else’s property.