We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs

We have no real property rights. Think about it. That house you live in, the car you drive, the small (or not so small) acreage of land that has been passed down through your family or that you scrimped and saved to acquire, whatever money you manage to keep in your bank account after the government and its cronies have taken their first and second and third cut…none of it is safe from the government’s greedy grasp. At no point do you ever have any real ownership in anything other than the clothes on your back. Everything else can be seized by the government under one pretext or another (civil asset forfeiture, unpaid taxes, eminent domain, public interest, etc.). The American Dream has been reduced to a lease arrangement in which we are granted the privilege of endlessly paying out the nose for assets that are only ours so long as it suits the government’s purposes. And when it doesn’t suit the government’s purposes? Watch out. This is not a government that respects the rights of its citizenry or the law. Rather, this is a government that sells its citizens to the highest bidder and speaks to them in a language of force.

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Show Notes

“Address to the People of Great Britain, drafted by Jay and approved by the First Continental Congress on 21 October 1774” as contained in American Eloquence: A Collection of Speeches and Addresses by the Most Eminent Orators of America

“When the Government Grabs — the Border Wall, Pipelines and New Challenges to Eminent Domain,” UVA Lawyer

“Nine Years after Kelo, the Seized Land Is Empty,” National Review

“It's Time For Congress To Actively Condemn Eminent Domain Abuses,” Forbes

Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469

“Donald Trump really did try to take an elderly widow's house for a limousine parking lot,” Vox

“Public Power, Private Gain,” Institute for Justice

“Get Ready for the Trump Pipeline Boom,” Mother Jones

“The Next Standing Rocks: 4,800 Miles of Oil Pipelines Planned Under Trump,” The Daily Beast

“Arrests of Journalists at Standing Rock Test the Boundaries of the First Amendment,” The Intercept

“As Pipelines Proliferate, So Do Protests,” Pew Charitable Trusts

“'Frustration, anger, helplessness': Virginia pipeline protesters on what drove them to live in the trees,” Independent

“The Fourth Amendment and “no trespassing” signs,” The Washington Post

Declaration of Independence

“Couple who had been growing their own food for 17 years forced to stop because it isn’t “aesthetic,”” Salon

“ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy,” The Guardian

“City Takes Veteran To Trial For Raising Backyard Chickens,” StoryLeak

“Boys punished for airsoft guns in yard,” WAVY

“Family Of Jose Guerena, Former Marine Killed By SWAT Team, To Receive $3.4 Million,” Huffington Post

“FBI targets wrong apartment in Fitchburg raid,” WHDH

“Police Raid Berwyn Heights Mayor's Home, Kill His 2 Dogs,” The Washington Post

“North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood,” NBC News

“Supreme Court OKs Strip Searches Without Suspicion For New Jail Inmates,” The Huffington Post

“2 More Women Internally Probed On Public Road By Texas Troopers,” Alternet

“The Public Trough is Bigger Than Ever,” Creators

We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs

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  1. P. Brooks McGinnis says:

    No More War

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