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You Should Care About Property Rights
by Ray Haynes [politician]
all the issues I have seen in my time in politics in California,
the most misunderstood has to be property rights. This week,
Our Homes” initiative qualified, and the state is about to embark
on a long debate over property rights, so I thought I would put in my
two cents worth right now.
rights are the keystone to liberty. For those of you who are
not architects, the keystone is the part of old buildings (particularly
tall ones) upon which all the structure relied. If the keystone
broke or collapsed, the entire structure would collapse. Protecting
the keystone, therefore, was very important to the strength
and stability of those buildings.
Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside
and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and
Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website
at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]
In the same way, property rights are the building block upon
which the entire structure of liberty rests. If government does
not protect property rights, all other freedoms are meaningless.
How can that be, you ask?
it this way. What if the government can take away your home
for any reason it chooses? Would you
be more likely or less
likely to criticize the government? Or suppose you do criticize
the government, some bureaucrat or elected official gets upset,
and takes your house? What are you going to say to your spouse
when they make a comment about what a stupid thing that was?
Your spouse responds: “Was it worth the consequences? You
didn’t have to say anything and we would be just fine.
Thanks for standing up for what is right now that we are homeless,
you stupid jerk.”
Won’t happen, you say, not in America. Trust me; it does
a lot more often than you think. I have one example. In my early
time in politics, I took on an influential city council person,
who got upset by my comments. The first move – try to embarrass
me in the newspapers. I don’t embarrass easily, so the
next move was to call all my clients, and tell them if they didn’t
fire me, they would never do business in that city again. I lost
$5000 a month in business in two days. That can have a huge effect
on someone. Most people, after such an event, simply slink away
in silence, having learned their lesson about exercising their
first amendment rights.
a church that teaches things the government doesn’t
like? There goes the church. Or if the government doesn’t
like whom you hang out with. Oops, there goes your house again.
Without a solid protection of property rights, all of these things
happen, and they happen a lot.
eminent domain was used to take a small tire shop from its
owner, and sell it to a large Sears
Another business owner lost his business for a car dealer’s
parking lot. Several churches have lost their land to Costco
or condominiums. And the government tells us it needs this power
to protect us.
In the fight
against “Protect Our Homes” the
ruling class, which includes the bureaucrats, the politically
and the politicians, is going to tell us just how much they need
to be able to take your home to protect the environment, or to
protect us from criminals, or to save women and children from
cancer or baby seals from vicious clubbing by homeowners who
just want to heat up the planet. All they really want to do is
protect their power and influence over your life, and they will
say or do anything to protect that power.
We have a unique chance in California. We can strike a blow
for liberty, or preserve the power of the ruling class. It is
going to be interesting to see what Californians do. CRO
Haynes is a California Assemblyman repesenting Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.