I often cover these types of stories, because I believe our property rights are among some of the most important rights we possess in this country. Unfortunately, everyone from the federal government, to state and local municipalities seem to think they have the power to take our property anytime they see fit.
In the latest case of government abuse, a World War II veteran, Frank Whitney, is fighting officials in the village of Saltaire on Fire Island, N.Y. after they used eminent domain to claim ownership of his property.
The property, which holds his 88-year-old family owned grocery store, was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Even though Whitney has the funds to rebuild the damaged store, Saltaire officials are preventing him from doing so because they want to seize the property to build a municipality-owned market.
Here is Frank Whitney is his own words:
Your Freedom & your Survival Depends on Your ability to Own Property
I think one of the most fundamental rights we have in this country is the ability to own property, and I think those rights are under a full frontal attack. We’ve covered numerous stories like this in the past; from a businessman who was forced to stop using his land after 26 years of running a nature school, to the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes, who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, to the Off-Griders in California who were threatened with arrest and forced back on to the grid, these stories are becoming far to common.
In my opinion, we cannot afford to ignore these stories. Not only does our freedom depend on our ability to own land, but I believe our ultimate survival depends on it as well. The moment we lose our right to own property, is the moment we lose our right to be free.