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We are under their thumbs

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Mr. DeVaul is fighting a losing battle, the battle against bureaucratic control of property rights. Whatever happened to his Fifth Amendment rights? To our founding Fathers, property rights were every bit as important to a healthy and free society as the “freedom of speech” clause in the First Amendment. Without property rights, our civil rights are an illusion.

Do the rights of Mr. DeVaul endanger the rights or safety of other people? What about “nuisance,” a very ambiguous term? Almost anything qualifies. “Public good” or “public trust,” which will it be? It is still “taking.”

Every American should be alarmed that the Fifth Amendment provides no protection to Mr. DeVaul from a “taking” by the County of San Luis Obispo, who must have absolute, unchallenged power over its citizens. The objective is to provide total power to the city, county, state, and federal government.

These bureaucrats have the unchallenged power to prevent anyone from building on or using property without permits. They would enforce their own regulations and become law unto themselves.

President Woodrow Wilson said, “The history of liberty is a better history of limitations of government power, not the inverse of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.”

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