I believe that ownership and control of one’s own property is a basic principle of liberty. I have purchased and paid for my home in Virginia and strongly support the right to defend it. I am opposed to eminent domain except for cases of extreme public (not private) need and with just compensation. How this makes me a terrorist is beyond comprehension.
irginia Department of Emergency Management’s training manual contains a list of “Terrorist Organizations,” and includes Hamas, al-Qaida, and Hezbollah; street gangs; racist, separatist, and hate groups; and, shockingly, “property rights activists.” They were listed as terrorists because they “undermine confidence in the government” and “influence government or social policy. After members of the public became aware of the manual Virginia replaced “property rights activists” with “property rights extremists: anti-eminent domain.”
Many law-abiding citizens oppose the government’s overly expansive use of eminent domain; they should not be considered terrorists for their opposition to such policies or for their support of private property.
“Government is instituted to protect property. It is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where arbitrary restrictions deny to part of its citizens that free use of their faculties.”