Stand Up for Property Rights

The sanctity of property rights was so important to the Founding Fathers that they dedicated the Fourth Amendment to it

By James Lester

I commend Molly Priddy and the Beacon for the report on the Flathead County Commission meeting on the Egan Slough zoning matter. It was top quality, well-balanced reporting.

Especially interesting was the comment by a farmer: “I don’t like to see all that land sacrificed on the alter of property rights.”

I find this statement to be unbelievable! The sanctity of property rights was so important to the Founding Fathers that they dedicated the Fourth Amendment to it.

I guess that our farmer doesn’t listen to the news or he would have heard Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton advocate the redistribution of wealth in America, with their supporters demanding it as well.

Well, I’ve got a hard truth for the farmer … land is wealth. After the liquid assets have been redistributed, then comes the tangible assets, land. It has happened a dozen times, in a dozen countries around the world, in out lifetime. What would make any clear-thinking person think it can’t happen in America?

Another hard truth, Mr. Farmer, you have a choice. You can find the moral courage to stand against tyranny today or you can do nothing your grandchildren will fight tyranny 50 to 60 years from now.

James Lester
Kalispell

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