The Virginia Constitution Forbids Charity By Force

February 6, 2011

I know this notion ruffles the feathers of our state senators for Fairfax, but the rules are very clear. Ken Cuccinelli’s “opinion” was not earth-shattering or “irrelevant.” He simply quoted Article II section 16 of our Constitution. The General Assembly obeyed this section all the way up until 2006 (debunking our wonderful state senators’ claim that we have always done this) which prompted delegates to ask the Attorney General for a ruling on the matter. He sided with the Virginia Constitution and there are good reasons for him doing so.

In 2008, former national LP chairman Bill Redpath and Virginian came to speak to the Tidewater Libertarian Party. He was running for US Senate at the time and he said something that really stuck with me:

“We won’t begin to address the fundamental problem of government overspending until the American People position government as an agent for justice, not an agent for good, as there is an infinite amount of good to be done in this world”

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Guest Editorial on Eminent Domain Abuse

December 19, 2010

The Virginian Pilot ran my most recent guest editorial today on Eminent Domain Abuse.

The case referred to in the article, the ODU University Village land grab comes to court in January.

Links to 0ther Pilot Guest Editorials by Don Tabor


Another Small Step for Virginia’s Property Owners

February 13, 2010

Thank you to all who responding to our Legislative Alert for HB 652, which will give property owners more leverage in obtaining fair value and damages for their seized property as well as take in to consideration restriction of access to or from a property.

The bill has now passed the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. It passed each committee unanimously and should head to the floor of the House soon.  Amendments were added, but they have not been released yet.

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Applying Mr. Spock’s Logic to Eminent Domain

July 26, 2009

Who could forget that dramatic scene at the end of Star Trek  II: The Wrath of Khan?

The Enterprise was disabled; Khan, realising he had been defeated, fires up the Genesis Device in order to take Kirk out with him. Ignoring pleas from the engineering crews, Spock charges into a room filled with deadly radiation, knowing he had signed his own death warrant, to fix the warp core so that his crew may survive. After the Enterprise clears the blast radius, Kirk comes down to the engineering decks. He watches through the protective radiation barrier, trying to keep his emotions at bay, as Spock slowly withers away.

Spock tells him not to grieve for it is logical. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one,” he rationalizes.

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Protect Property Rights – even in Virginia Beach.

December 9, 2008

Today’s Virginian-Pilot reports the following:

The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight and vote on whether to use eminent domain to gain access to the Cape Henry beaches for a sand replenishment project.

The council has reached an impasse with some Cape Henry Beach residents, who claim that they own the beach and the public has no right to use it. The city argues that people have walked along the beaches for decades, there are several public access points, and city crews clean up the trash and patrol the beach.

The formal City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m.

My Comments:

Ask yourself this questions, if you cut your neighbor’s grass and your kids cut through their lawn for years to get to the street behind your home, does this give you the right to claim your neighbor’s property?

Now ask yourself this important question – what will YOU do to help your neighbor defend their property rights?


Portsmouth City Council supports Property Rights. Good Deal.

September 24, 2008

From Robert Dean, Communications Director of the Tidewater Libertarian Party:

PORTSMOUTH, VA – SEPTEMBER 23, 2008

Tonight the Portsmouth City Council in a 4-3 vote rescinded their previous unanimous vote to use condemnation to take the Johnson’s Crab House property.  Tonight’s vote will give reprieve to the Johnson family, their home, and their business and for that decision, we applaud the elected Portsmouth representatives.

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The Pursuit of Happiness and Crabs

September 5, 2008

The Pursuit of Happiness was a euphemism of colonial times for the absolute ownership of property. In the Declaration of Colonial Rights, a predecessor of the Declaration of Independence, the statement of unalienable rights was “Life, liberty and property…” but the concept was so radical at the time, that Jefferson, in writing the Declaration of Independence, which would be read by foreign despots on whose acceptance of our independence we relied, felt it better to be more circumspect in promoting so radical a concept.

Prior to the intellectual Enlightenment of the late 18th century, your ownership of the lands on which you and your family had toiled and prospered for generations was subservient to its ownership by the King. At any time, your property might be taken and given to some other person who had gained the King’s favor. So a big part of any landowner’s job was sucking up to the King, and providing daughters for his knights to marry and sons for his military adventures. It was good to be King.

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