Take a Walk

November 18, 2010

"Often when I speak about the effect of regulation on property rights, I start by telling a story about 10-year old me and my good old sheepdog, Pepin."  I don't know how old Mr. Hodges, the author of that quote, is but these are similar to my childhood memories.

"My simple walk to the park would now violate layer upon layer of state and local laws, not the least of which are prohibitions against unlicensed and intact dogs, restrictions on the manner in which you may walk a dog, prohibition against a dog “watering” a neighbor’s fence post, and a myriad of rules restricting dogs in parks.  A while ago, I tallied up the consequences of my youthful crime spree (cleverly disguised as a walk to the park):  around $2,000 in fines, forfeiture of Pepin (he could be returned upon payment of fines, licensing fees and mandatory neutering), and the possibility of as many as 90 days imprisonment.  The comparison to restrictive regulation of property is readily apparent."

Folks, we and our property are under assault and we are the enemy.  It is we, the people, who continue to elect crappy leaders and let them continue their thieving ways.

"The youthful “boy and a dog” story that I often recount is now a prelude to a darker cautionary tale about the destructive consequences of unchecked expansion of government power.  Property owners (as well as pet owners) should be very interested in following this matter because, at its core, it asks the fundamental question, “where does the Constitution draw a line in the sand?”  And as always, the answer to this question will have profound effects beyond those directly impacted by the shooting of Rosie."

"Property owners..."  That's YOU, every single one of you owns some kind of property so you should listen up and get involved if you want to keep owning that or any other property.  Brian T. Hodges should be added to the authors you read, especially if you're in Washington state.  You can find him on the PLF Liberty Blog.

Our country needs, we the people, to stand up for it today as much, if not more, than it did at its inception.  Please find the courage to do so and perhaps your grandchildren will once again be able to walk to the park with their dogs without being stopped and asked for their "papers".  Walking without a license, yours or your pet's, should NOT be a crime!

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So, where is the like botton...:)

Now we can add to this the fact that Houston can have private individuals walk onto your property, take photographs, and deem your property "unsafe" if the grass is over 9" tall. Even if it's a vacant lot, wooded lot, or sale property. This happened to a neighbor of mine. He caught the woman on his property, taking photographs, having gotten through his 6' tall fence somehow. Instead of shooting her, he confronted her and broke her camera and the police were called. The police reminded her that she was trespassing (bless them) and again that she was lucky she wasn't shot as this is a high crime area and she was deep into an obviously fenced-for-no-trespassing area. If you THINK it's only related to pet ownership, think again! And it's not about easements as there were none on this property. Protect yourself - you don't *have* to be doing anything wrong for people to come onto your property and say that you are! Photographs are easily staged to show what look like bad conditions, and photographs are "evidence".

(Incidentally, the same woman now has double the lots she thinks are "dangerous", including lots that are mown and vacant, but whose seed-heads of the grass are over 9". If the owners aren't there within 10 days, the city can mow at their cost and put a lien on the property. No written notices have been given to any of the property owners to date of my knowledge. Kiss your property goodbye because of seed-heads on grass in Houston.)



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