If it ain’t yours, you don’t own it
The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land… The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens.
This reminds me of the AT&T debacle back in the 80’s after divestiture. During pre-divestiture, people were “sold” designline phones which included among others a Mickey Mouse phone. In the post-divestiture world, AT&T was no longer allowed to continue billing for these “purchased” phones through the respective baby-bell telephone company. They were forced to produce their own billing for these designline phones. Thus, some AT&T/Bell customers suddenly received a bill for a phone for which they thought they had paid. I state “purchased” and “sold” in quotes because even though they paid for and owned Mickey Mouse, AT&T still owned the electronics or guts of the phone itself and unbeknownst to many customers they had been leasing said guts for months or even years. The bottom line was, without the guts the phone was useless for anything more than a decoration. Customers were furious, as they well should have been, because of what they thought they bought to take possession.
Such is the case in this federal shut down. If you buy a property it should be yours to do as you wish. But if they’re forcing the closure of public parks, lands, monuments, etc., etc., then the only conclusion one should come to is that YOU DON’T OWN IT. If they’re permitted to tax your real property, and you refuse to pay the taxes, and they seize the property for which you’ve paid honest money, THEN YOU DON’T OWN IT.
If they think they can close the Vietnam Memorial, a memorial open to foot traffic from every possible direction, in plain view and normally has no fencing or gates to regulate said traffic, but exclude you and I even though it costs more to barricade and use police to keep people out than let them perambulate about freely, then think about it. If they think they have the authority to close the ocean and keep people from freely enjoying the benefits and pure scenery of the sea, then think about it. Though you may have paid for it with tax dollars. Though your tax money was forcibly taken from you under threat and duress. Though it is these very tax dollars congress, the president, lobbyists and others argue over as if it were theirs in this laughable spectacle called a government shut-down, we should think about it. WE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES CERTAINLY DON’T OWN ANY OF IT!
It isn’t for your freedom American soldiers are in 166 countries around the world including Afghanistan. It isn’t for your service congressmen and senators are in Washington, DC. It’s because there is no spiritual vacuum. Government assumes the role of god when God has been denied.