Gut Rumbles
 

February 23, 2005

private property

I once believed that one of my greatest rights as a citizen of the United States was to own private property. MY SHIT, bought and paid for, belonging to ME. But that entire idea is a myth.

I allegedly own my own home and the property upon which it sets. That's not true. The county owns a 20' easement on my front yard, which can be plowed, planted, dug-up or otherwise destroyed at the county's discretion. This home I "own" can disappear from my possession in a heartbeat if I don't pay my property taxes. Let me fail to pay my INCOME taxes and see what happens to "my" property.

Go to divorce court and get a hanging judge. He'll show you very quickly who "your" property belongs to. The fact is, you don't own a got-dam thing. You possess it thanks to a beneficent government that just hasn't decided to take it away yet. You actually RENT everything you believe that you own from the government.

And you don't even have to fail to pay your taxes or get caught in divorce court, either. The government can just take it by declaring "eminent domain" and throwing you off your own land. That crap happens all the time.

You only THINK you have private property. The reality is, you don't. You may USE it, and with any luck, you'll get to KEEP it, but you don't OWN it.

It all belongs to the government.

Comments

The Supreme Court is finally hearing an emiment domain case. I certainly hope they do the right thing, because far too many people have had their homes taken awag so the government can sell the land to developers who will put in shopping malls and the like. And they do so just because commercial property brings in more tax revenue for the government. That shit has got to stop and soon.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/02/21/scotus.eminent.domain/

Posted by: Evilwhiteguy on February 23, 2005 12:38 PM

the answer is gold. as long as you got a few guns and maybe a pitbull or two, nobody can take it. the hardest part is keeping quiet about it when your drunk.

Posted by: other brother daryl on February 23, 2005 12:55 PM

You are correct. Most Americans have lost or deny the knowledge the freedom from tyranny rests on three legs of a very sturdy stool: life, liberty, and property. This cluelessness includes the courts, which believe the Constitution mandates only their interpretation of the document to be legally binding (I do not see this arrogation of power, dating from 1807, written in the Constitution.). If one doesn't recognize the property rights of all, including the despised rich, one is arming his own persecutor.

Posted by: Brett on February 23, 2005 12:55 PM


Simply put: Property rights are the foundation of this country. The foundation of this country has an abscess. Sadly, for 90% of us (US) I fear it will all too soon - be pulled.
The SCARY PART is that 50% of the USA would deem such a statement: anti-American.
Jesus: We are so fucked!
Wait! Not true. I was born in '56. I lived the "Wonder Years." I can only consider myself: Lucky! SO LUCKY! What a RIDE! Probably for years logged... the best in the history of the USA. (Maybe even in the entire History of the damn world.) THANK YOU JESUS!!! They even did a tv show about a kid born in 1956: "The Wonder Years."

Posted by: D. Lee on February 23, 2005 02:08 PM

The idea is to sell your property and get a moible home. no taxes for them.

Posted by: Gilg-galad on February 23, 2005 03:44 PM

The idea is to sell your property and get a moible home. no taxes for them.

Some states require you to register a mobilehome with the DMV.

Posted by: McGehee on February 23, 2005 04:53 PM

"Some states require you to register a mobilehome with the DMV."

Well, just fucking great. Let's hope Connecticut isn't one of them.

I know it' s really poor and all, but how about moving to Mexico?

Posted by: JG22 on February 23, 2005 06:08 PM

Moving to Mexico?

Isn't that a little like moving out of your mansion and into a double-wide just because you don't feel like repairing the broken door?

Posted by: Quasi on February 23, 2005 06:46 PM

About the only thing I really own, and will forever remain to until I'm worm food, is my guns.

There just isn't much that you can't get through if you've got your guns, plenty of ammo, some gold, ability to make beer, and farming skills. Granted the whole farming thing presumes you have land... which is the current issue. Maybe I need to re-think my strategy here.

Posted by: Justin Buist on February 23, 2005 08:03 PM

Now let me see if I got this right . . .

Gut, I must compose myself to stop from laughing at your seeming inability to connect the dots . . .

Government fucks you, and everyone else, every which way but loose, but the moment they consign our sons and daughters to go fight some stupid ass war, suddenly, government regains its sanity??

WTF??

Saddam was an asshole, but unfortunately, the American Constitution does not permit the US to go chasing assholes willy-nilly. We are constitutionally prevented from doing exactly what we have done. Iraq did not invade us. The chhrges of WMD have been admitted false by all who made them. Only the Soviet Fucking Union would invade another country contrary to its own laws, But Iraq proved the coke freak from Crawford is no better. He dares lecture Putin about freedom . . . what a stitch!

If Osama is dead, as you have maintained, and Afghanistan now properly democratized (a concept our founding fathers condemned without reservation!) (do your history, Dude) . . . then the persistent leaning upon 9/11 for justification is dead and buried.

Then we have no business in Iraq whatsoever, and I challenge you, Gut, straight up., to prove from the Constitution, and from a true Congressional declaration of war, that our kids should be dying over there.

You will not, because you cannot. But you will call me a lot of names, which is par for the course for matters as they stand. Ad hominem, et. al.

My suggestion? Qwitcherbitchin about government until you want to become logical and realize that government's war-making abilitiy is the greatest power government has. You gripe about petty shit while they own your whole mind about war, and you just don't get it.

You don't, however many groupies and sychophants echo your sentiments.

Get a clue, Rob. Government is not your friend in any way, and the military is no exception. They lie to the soldiers just like they lie to you .

But soldiers have to die for the fucking lies. Defending such horseshit means you defend the government, too.

Vietnam should have taught us the lesson., but Americans truly do believe in government.

So we let them do what they do and root them on in the name of some war with nary a justification whatsoever, but ok as long as our boys kick ass.

Pretty dumb-ass thinking, all in all.

I mean, even Kerry agrees with Bush about the war . . . ain't that a fucking clue of sorts?

Posted by: jb on February 23, 2005 08:17 PM

<sniffs>

[I ain't sayin' a word -- like the saying goes, "He who smelt it, dealt it," and I ain't takin' the blame for that blast!]

Posted by: McGehee on February 23, 2005 11:27 PM

YEAH, .......but you can shoot people on it.

Posted by: Dz on February 28, 2005 02:40 AM
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