Friday, July 01, 2005

The Right to Private Property

Although this has been going on for some time, the Kelo decision has brought the right to private property to the forefront again. This right has been under attack for decades, probably more than any other basic right. The so called defenders of civil liberties are all up in arms over the Patriot Act and other alleged threats to our liberties, but they have largely ignored this, probably because it contrasts with their welfare state vision of economics. The right to private property is not just an ancillary issue, it is the basis of the other rights!

There is no freedom of the press, without the right to own the press.

There is no freedom of religion, without the right to build your church, synagogue, or temple.

There is no right to be secure in your home against illegal search and seizure, unless you have a right to your home.

There is no right to keep and bear arms, unless you have somewhere to keep those arms!