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‘The Mother of the Freedom Movement,’ Her Neighborhood Needs YOUR Help
Big Government ^ | August 26, 2010 | Bob Ewing

Posted on 08/26/2010 5:56:46 PM PDT by Captain Kirk

55 years ago, Rosa Parks [1] helped launch the modern civil rights movement.

Today, the government is bulldozing her old neighborhood. Here’s the real kicker: The homeowners are forced to pay the cost of demolition.

Nobel prize-winning libertarian economist F.A. Hayek [2] famously wrote that “the great aim of the struggle for liberty has been equality before the law.” There is no better example of this fundamental struggle than Rosa Parks, known today as The Mother of the Freedom Movement.

She refused to be treated as a second-class citizen. But her hometown of Montgomery, Ala., segregated blacks on public transits. Minorities were forced to sit in the back, forced to give up their seats to whites, and sometimes were left standing on the side of the road after paying their fare. Rosa stood up to the Big Government Bullies and said enough is enough. Her demand for equality before the law forever transformed America.

Rosa once said:

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free . . . so other people would be also free.

Indeed, she made the world a better place. So how despicable is it that today officials in her old hometown are forcing people to give up their homes? The government is tearing down houses against the property owners’ will and then sticking them with the bill.

Christina Walsh of the Institute for Justice writes at the Daily Caller [3]:

Imagine you come home from work one day to a notice on your front door that you have 45 days to demolish your house, or the city will do it for you. Oh, and you’re paying for it.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: eminentdomain; montgomery; property

1 posted on 08/26/2010 5:56:49 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk
And there are those here who support such abuses, in the name of "beautifying" their neighborhoods and raising their own wealth (property values). It's sickening. They are looters just as much as those who sit on welfare and use the power of The State to take from others to give to themselves.

This is Eminent Domain through the back door...perhaps even worse than eminent domain, since the property owner has to pay for his own destruction--without compensation!

2 posted on 08/26/2010 6:03:33 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Captain Kirk
No doubt this is some kind of property grab.

But Rosa Parks was no hero for property rights, unless you think that State Ownership of the Means of Production is a form of "property rights".

The woman was a set up. She was an NAACP employee who had undergone CPUSA training and her "act of defiance" was a staged event.

Read what you want.

People can pick better icons for property rights.

3 posted on 08/26/2010 6:13:20 PM PDT by Regulator (Watch Out!! The Americans are On the March!! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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Today, the government is bulldozing her old neighborhood. Here’s the real kicker: The homeowners are forced to pay the cost of demolition.

Lib Dems: "They're only darkies. And we need to keep them on our reservations so the fools will keep voting for us."

You get what you vote for. Subservience has its price.

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

4 posted on 08/26/2010 6:16:17 PM PDT by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: Regulator

If Parks was a set-up, then why was the NAACP initially against the boycott? It didn’t like the fact that the boycotters were willing to accept separate but equal. In fact, the NAACP was so much against it that the local black clergy (who had first appealed to the NAACP to run it) had to set up a separate group, the Montgomery Improvement Association. It only signed on later when the boycotters received mass support.


5 posted on 08/26/2010 6:17:08 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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This sounds like a new brand of chutzpah. In the past they’d simply seize the house and flatten it on the taxpayer dime. Wouldn’t they at least want to let the Parks home stand as a memorial?


6 posted on 08/26/2010 6:48:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Captain Kirk
I have to laugh at all of you who think you will ever own your property!

Perhaps it is partly due to my personal genetics, since I am a homegrown “human mongrel”, and some of my ancestors lived here before “the others” even knew there was more than one continent! ROTFLMAO!

If anyone does not pay the annual government “property tax”, the property is subject to government seisure.
It doesn't matter if the property has been “owned” for ten generations of your family, or someone just took out a new mortgage loan from a bank to “buy” property.
People who think they are “property owners” really just “rent” their land/home from the government.
And they seem too ignorant to know that!

7 posted on 08/26/2010 7:46:54 PM PDT by sarasmom (No incumbent re-elected, at any level of government office.(Period))
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