Property rights are the basis for our Constitution – the trust between the people in this country, and the government who we have entrusted with certain privileges. Only individuals have rights. States governments and the federal government have privileges, which have been entrusted to them by us. You and me. We are the final say – we are the grand jury when it comes to protecting our lives and our property.
Whether you want to consider your body, your mind, your home, your land, and/or other intrinsic goods that you own, your property – this concept holds true for all of them – this is something unique to our Constitution and our way of life – where individuals have jurisdiction over their bodies and their property. We sometimes take this for granted.
There is a land-grab going on in our country and the basis for such is the dangerous and usurping heavy hand of the federal government, as well as international agencies and agendas like the United Nation’s Agenda 21. Just as this affects the land and property that we own, where we make our livelihoods, and grow in our communities – the same threat is at bay for our own bodies – the ability we have to decide for ourselves what we put into our bodies, and our ability to eat nutritious, unadulterated foods and medicines that are an inherent part of the human species’ development (for example, with federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and with international agendas like Codex Alimentarius).
A good friend of mine has been attempting to build an addition to his mountain home, and came across several impediments – which halted his progress for almost a year. Some of these include local building codes, many of which can be traced back to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (and the Department of Homeland Security). Have you seen how much land in our country is in a “flood plane”– where it is impossible to get “insurance”? (Of course if you cannot get insurance, you are completely halted from using your property… why is this?)
What happens to the land if it is deemed un-usable to the general population? Well, it goes back to the government of course. Have you seen how much land is now “owned” by the federal government? (Not to mention how many homes are “owned” by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae thanks to the self-inflicted housing bubble in 2008 that caused an unprecedented number of foreclosures.)
Since the federal government is a trust between those elected and those represented by the people they elect, then doesn’t this mean that this land and property is truly ours – the people’s? And if this is the case, don’t the citizens of their respected States have the right to use their land as they see fit?
Perhaps it would make more sense if State and local governments decided upon rules and regulations for the intricacies of each area versus the out-of-touch federal government that cannot make effective blanket-policies that positively affect every community in this country.
In Colorado’s third congressional district, we have very diverse ecosystems and geography that are an inherent part of the daily lives and economic development of the citizens of our State. Tremendous amounts of energy resources, water resources, agricultural lands, mineral resources, and the tourism-related industries from the geography of the land (skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking, etc.) are increasingly protected and extinguished by the federal government. Through agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – copious amounts of red tape and “green tape” halt the responsible use of these resources that would positively benefit Colorado citizens.
There is a place for common-sense regulations, and when it comes to the resources, eco-systems, and land of a State – State and county officials should be the representatives protecting and enriching their citizens. Resources, eco-systems, and agricultural lands are unique and diverse, and the most effective means of protecting them is at the State and local level – where representatives and officials can be most transparent, accountable, and receptive to the needs of their citizens.
It could be (unfortunately) argued that we never had property rights. But since I am a fire-eater, I will go ahead and go on the record say that we do, and it is up to us to let the powers that be know where that line in the sand is drawn. We do have property rights and we have a right to use our land and resources as we as individuals see fit. Individual rights trump the rights of the State and the federal government, and I know of many individuals now who are fighting these federal agencies when it comes to using their own land and making their own decisions. This must stop. The federal government is a fictitious entity held together by the individuals of this country who have granted several privileges to them – and with the same power that we have used to grant them these privileges, we can entrust to State and local representatives the role of regulating the lands and resources we depend upon for our survival and for our economic well-being.