Whose property is it, anyway?

“Private property owners can go bankrupt litigating to defend and protect their property rights, and government bureaucrats and lawyers rely on that as part of their strategy to push their extortive agendas. Property owners have skin in the game; government bureaucrats and lawyers do not.”

Mark J. Fitzgibbons describes how a Virginia Farmer Starts Property Rights Legal Revolution.

“When Virginia’s Fauquier County cited farmer Martha Boneta last year for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls because she did not have a permit and site plan, little did county officials think they would set off a revolution for legal remedies against such abuses.”

What is troubling is that there are groups that believe your property is their property. This includes groups like the Virginia Association of Counties and environmentalist NPO’s. The problems and issues involved include the presumption that legislation is constitutional even if it is very local and created by, say, three of five county commissioners. This is compounded by the fact that those who think society has primacy are often activists and quite agressive in promoting their ideas about the idea that their view of social needs surmounts and surpasses your rights as a property holder.

“For normal Americans, it’s “follow the law or face the consequences.” It’s time to hold overweening bureaucrats to the same standard. Hopefully Boneta Bill 2.0 will be the next of many steps toward stopping the legal loopholes for government, and toward consequences for government bureaucrats who don’t play by the rules.”

This idea is showing up in many debates. It was one of the sticking points in the budget confrontation recently in regards to health care legislation and subject to an idea for a Constitutional ammendment as well. Those in the government, the bureaucrat class, must abide by the same laws and the citizen. A part of this is responsibility and accountability for actions taken.

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