Property rights are under siege

Americans are accumulators. Acquiring possessions—owning things—is part of the American dream.

The U.S. Census Bureau states that 65% in this country own a home. Many times, it’s the household’s greatest asset. An even greater percentage owns a vehicle. 

A home and a car—safety and freedom—are the bare minimum of what is worked for and hoped for by most in this country. Some want more, and their dreams evolve into owning a business and increasing wealth. Not everyone is willing to take that risk. But for those who do it successfully, a business is an additional, proud possession.

According to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, there are six million firms with employees on payroll. Companies usually have storefronts or some type of commercial space. An additional 26.5 million are non-employer businesses or the self-employed who solely operate their business. Many of these entrepreneurs also have storefronts.

Homes, cars, and businesses. It’s a lot to protect, but it’s never been a problem.

Until now.  

Soft-on-crime policies have encouraged the destruction of storefronts, the theft of merchandise, the vandalism of homes, squatting, car jackings, car vandalism, robberies, muggings, and more.

Law-abiding citizens can’t even expect to keep their shoes on their feet.

A young couple was robbed of their phones and shoes during a recent teen violence spree in Chicago that included setting cars on fire and damaging property. And although Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson did not condone the violence, he showed little empathy for the assault on property rights when he said, “…it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities. Our city must work together to create spaces for youth…”

It’s hard enough being a victim of property crime. Now, in a land of lawlessness, the homeowner, car owner, and business owner are ignored and excuses are made for the perpetrators.

Many elected officials, and others in government, do little to put a stop to the lawlessness. It’s beginning to feel like tyranny.

The Declaration of Independence states, “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.”

Replace the words, “King of Great Britain” with “lawlessness.” One can understand how the colonists felt.  

Several businesses in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, New York City, and other areas are moving, at least in part, due to safety concerns.

When businesses flee, there’s a rush by crime deniers to put out statistics that don’t align with personal experiences. Some cities will state that crime is declining, but residents see something different.

And no spreadsheet is needed to observe that all or part of large corporations are moving out of high-crime areas: Citadel, Caterpillar, Boeing, Tyson Foods, Amazon and many more companies as well as lots of retail outlets and restaurants.

Taxes are an issue, but so is safety.

The founding fathers fought against and freed themselves from the tyranny of the King of Great Britain and established the United States of America. Now, property rights are again under siege. Our task is not as difficult as the colonists, and yet we accomplish less. We are not asked to pledge, “…our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” in order to restore security of private property. Instead, citizens must simply pledge to vote for the law and order candidate.

Nothing will change until that happens.   

Or, we can vote for the progressive, soft-on-crime candidate and go without shoes.