The Founding Documents of the United States clearly acknowledge that the powers of the government are derived only from the consent of the governed. Under the American system, individuals decide and direct the terms of their lives; that each person is independent; that justice must be dispensed equally; and that each person has a natural right to his or her Life, Liberty and Property.
The United States is the only nation on earth specifically based on the premise of the right of individuals to own and control private property. It is the essential ingredient for Freedom and in the ability to build personal wealth. Private property ownership is the main factor in creating our national prosperity and it is the root of our individual Freedom.
Ownership of private property is essential to guaranteeing individual Liberty. Without private property, no other rights are possible. There can be no freedom of speech, no freedom of mobility, or no ability to be secure in our persons without the ability to own and control private property.
For half a century, unrestrained local and state governments have taken private property not for “public uses”—such as for bridges or public buildings—as permitted by the Constitution, but for private businesses in the name of “economic development.” Through the arbitrary use of Eminent Domain, perpetrated by partnerships between government and private developers (Public/Private Partnerships), in the name of an undefined “Common good” for the community, private homes and businesses are being bulldozed, replaced by newer businesses and homes owned, not by the public, but by private, politically-connected individuals and corporations.
Internationally, there are outside forces threatening to establish an absolute tyranny over private ownership of land through a declaration that all property is part of a “Global Commons” which it declares cannot be owned or controlled by an individual. To that end, a hoard of private organizations, armed with international treaties, soft law policies, and arbitrary directives have fanned out across the nation transforming the American system of government, assuring private land is locked away or controlled to the point of rendering it worthless to the owners.
These actions subvert the principles of the Declaration of Independence and destroy the governing authority of the United States Constitution. Together, we can reverse this trend toward collectivism and uphold the Principles of Property enshrined in the Constitution, which should forever reign supreme.
Learn more about the subject matter of this Article: Read the FIFTH AMENDMENT. Read the PETITION to the federal courts regarding the taking of the Kelos’ private land for private purposes and the Decision by the Supreme Court. See the related CC 2009 video presentations: Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center introduces; Michael Shaw, Director, Freedom Advocates – Property Rights Litigation; Dr. Michael S. Coffman, Executive Director, Sovereignty International, Inc. – The Decline of Property Rights and Freedom in America.