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I want to ask you a question. Do you have the right to own property in this country? I’m not talking about a cell phone, clothing, and so forth. What I am mean is, do you have the right to own land?

The reason I ask this is that most people believe that we do own property in this country. When you buy a home, you not only pay for the house, but you pay for the land. Therefore, if you pay for it, you must own it, right? The answer is no, unfortunately, and here’s why.

First, let’s begin with a typical home purchase. Most people don’t have enough money to pay for a home outright. They usually get a mortgage from a bank and pay it off over 30 years. During that time if you stop paying your mortgage the bank will eventually foreclose on the property and take it away.

Why do they have that right? They have that right because they still own it until the day you fulfill the contract and pay off the mortgage. The day after you paid the mortgage off the bank has no right or authority to foreclose. They have no ownership or interest in the property.

At this point, most people would now say they own property, but most people are wrong. The reason they are wrong is you will never stop paying. You might have stopped paying the bank, but you never stop paying the government.

You see, when you pay property tax what you are doing is paying the government to lease the land from them. Like the bank, if you stop paying the mortgage they will foreclose on you. In the same way, you stop paying your property tax the government will come and seize your property and auction it off.

Why does the government have the right to do this? The reason is that you don’t own the land. All you did was spend a lot of money to acquire the right in order to lease the land from the government. The government is the sovereign landowner of every single piece of land property in America.

For this reason alone, is why I abhor property tax above every other tax. I understand a sales tax or an income tax. I understand the need for the government to collect money to provide services. I’m okay with that. But I’m not okay with is paying taxes on the same thing over and over again.

If you want to add a one-time tax like a stamp duty, that is reasonable and something we can argue over what the percentage should be. But you can’t tell me that it is moral and right for the government to come and seize a person’s property because they can’t afford to pay their property tax. Kick them out of their home and keep most if not all of the value of the property.

For instance, according to Kelly Phillips Erb from Forbes, in 2011 in Pennsylvania, a widow with three children named Eileen Battisti lost her home because in 2008 she did not pay interest of $6.30 for being late eight days on her property tax payment. By 2011, with fees and cost that 2008 property tax bill ballooned to $255.84. Therefore, the county seized and sold her property for nearly $120,000. She was lucky in the sense that she was entitled to $108,039 after taxes and costs were deducted from the sale. But we don’t know what the value of the home was, what happens if the house was worth $250,000? The new owner got the deal of the century. The government got their money and change. The only person that got hurt was Eileen Battisti and her fatherless children and all for $6.30.

In some counties around the country, you are not even entitled to any money back after a sale. You could own a million dollar home, and the government can sell it for $500,000 and keep that entire amount.

You see just how immoral and wrong property tax is. It deprives you of your rights to own property. It also fundamentally changes the structure of who is sovereign in this great country of ours. I thought, “We The People” were the sovereign in this country. I thought were supposed to be a People with a Government, instead of a Government with a People.

As conservatives, we fight to conserve principles that have been proven to be the best for man and the human condition. Unfortunately, our Founding Fathers didn’t get everything right. They were imperfect like us. Even though they had property taxes doesn’t mean they were right in doing so.

In days of our Founding Fathers, they would not have been called Conservatives. They were Liberals or known today as Classical Liberals. Their ideas and philosophies were brilliant, and that is why we call ourselves conservatives because we wish to conserve these principles.

On property taxes, we cannot be conservatives. We must be Classical Liberals and fight to enlighten the American people on the evils of property tax, and if we are to be a country of the people, by the people, and for the people then we must fight to take our property back from the government and once and for all abolish property taxes in this country.

Mr. Roditis a candidate for California State Controller. He is an entrepreneur and owns several companies. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. He's a former City Commissioner with the City of Anaheim, CA. He's a Conservative Constitutional Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @KonRoditis

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  1. Michelle

    July 31, 2017 at 5:37 am

    In West Virginia, the county doesn’t even have to notify you that your property is being sold on the courthouse steps. I have been talking about this subject for a long time and consider this the biggest issue gutting the American Dream, today.

    • Konstantinos Roditis

      July 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Michelle, this is one of the biggest issues of our day and whenever I have spoken to people about the fact that you don’t own land and you lease the land in the form of property tax from the government, they all say, you’re right I never thought about it that way. Even progressives agreed with me. Property tax drives the elderly and the poor to greater despair and is killing the American Dream.

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Trump failed with Putin due to anti-Trump Republicans and fake news

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Following Trump’s bizarre performance at the Helsinki Summit with his BFF Vladimir Putin, bi-partisan condemnation of his press conference was swift and severe after he expressed his willingness to accept Putin’s word that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, despite findings by US intelligence proving otherwise.

Not to worry, though. Following this backlash, and now that he’s home and a safe distance away from Putin, Trump’s false bravado was back on full display yesterday as he attempted to backtrack from his previous statements about Russian interference.

According to Trump, he didn’t reject US intelligence in favor of Russia; he simply misspoke. He’s always believed Russia interfered. He’s just a victim of the English language.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think it probably clarifies things pretty good.

“I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

But Trump’s difficulty with contractions isn’t the only reason for this apparent misunderstanding. Not at all. The real culprit, as is always the case when the news is unfavorable, is the “Fake News” media.

Sadly, criticism of Trump’s Helsinki remarks has been noticeably missing in some so-called conservative circles in Washington and in the media. Not only that, they have joined the Trump echo chamber in defending him.

For example, according to Trump, Sen. Rand Paul agreed with his claim that the Mueller investigation was responsible for Trump’s troubling comments.

Additionally, in an interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), Paul called out Republicans who criticized Trump, labelling them pro-war and/or anti-Trump for doing so.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

In the House of Representatives, so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus embraced Trump’s “Fake News” mantra, arguing that the media’s criticism of Trump’s statements had overshadowed his accomplishments concerning Russia. At least, that’s how Freedom Caucus member Rep Warren Davidson sees it:

“The reality is people are upset about what President Trump said, but they’re not giving him credit for what he’s done.”

Is it just me, or shouldn’t what you say jive with what you do? I think they call that walking the talk.

Meanwhile, sounding like he wrote Trump’s “Fake News” talking points, the conservative talk show host formerly known as Rush Limbaugh, also blames the media for Trump’s pro-Russia comments, saying that their “embarrassingly shallow and puerile, infantile questions” were responsible.

So, take heart, America. Trump didn’t mean what he said when he said it. He was simply playing 3-D chess with the Russian President, and anyone who thinks otherwise only does so because they are pro-war, anti-Trump, and they believe fake news.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Being American doesn’t mean ignoring facts. Ron Paul right about Trump-Putin meeting.

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In the era of torn Russian relations, Ron Paul takes a step back and views more information than almost any pundit on air or on twitter. It’s bipartisan to hate Russian, and that causes many Americans to hold inconsistent views on foreign policy issues related to Russia.

The media’s coverage on all things related to Russia was bad before it’s terrible coverage of Trump. We need a balanced factual approach to foreign relations with Russia. Not everything is Russia’s fault. America needs a new approach to Russia, and Trump can bring that.

John Kerry spent so much time picking losing battles with Russia and the United States needs to move on from these geopolitical skirmishes. Part of this means throwing the Obama administration under the bus. Between John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, US interests in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced setbacks. Only then can we have a better relationship with Russia.

I appreciate Ron Paul’s perspective because, in an era of hot takes and the political popularity of Russia hating, he maintains a just perspective that embraces facts.

US Russia Factsheet

US and Russia

  • These two countries have the largest nuclear arsenal
  • US military currently miles ahead of Russia
  • Relations have ever been good
  • Both (sort of) friends with the Kurds
  • Russia largely used as scapegoat, punching bags in American politics
  • Trump administration upped military spending
  • US through NATO still practices a containment policy with regards to Russia
  • Both countries have issues with Islamic terrorism
  • Working together on North Korea issue

Russia

  • Is not a free country
  • Does not pretend to be a free country (like Europe)
  • Its people largely view the break up of the Soviet Union as a tragedy (regardless of feelings about communism)
  • Actually likes Putin, a lot (strangely)
  • Has had Putin at the helm for decades

Iran

  • Putin came out in affirmation of the Iran Deal
  • Trump remained opposed
  • This point of contention was largely ignored by the media
  • Russia and Iran are allies
  • Iran taking control of Iraq through Shia paramilitaries
  • Backs Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iraq

  • Invaded by the US in 2003
  • War lost when the Obama Administration refused to negotiate a status of forces agreement
  • Iraqi military fell apart to ISIS when they invaded from Syria
  • Iranian backed militias filled the vacuum
  • Status of Kurds unclear

Syria

Ukraine

Turkey

  • Turkey is a member of NATO
  • Turkey opposes Israel
  • Turkey provoked war with Russia by downing Russian jet
  • Turkey becoming increasingly Islamic under neo-Ottoman regime
  • Kemalism was killed in the attempted coup
  • Ergodan held a referendum to grant himself more power
  • Russia and Turkey have an arrangement in Syria to not fight each other
  • Turkey performing land grab in Syria
  • Turkey killing Kurds in Syria
  • Turkey backing its own Islamist in Syria

Israel

  • Trump administration the most Israel-friendly administration in US history
  • Russia opposes Israel on a geopolitical level (along with most US allies)
  • Russia backs enemies of Israel
  • US backs enemies of Israel (Saudis)
  • Israel believed to have nuclear capabilities

Libya

  • US and Russia back differing factions
  • US played large role in destabilizing region during the rebellion
  • Terrorist that America aided attack a US consulate and murdered four people, including Ambassador Stevens

2016 Election

  • US has long history of meddling in foreign elections
  • Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of 2016 election
  • DNC never handed over server to investigators
  • Indictments are not convictions, not even close
  • Russia should be embarrassed if that was their attempt to interfere in a US election
  • Media overplaying story because they dislike Trump

US Agencies

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Video: What is a Classical Liberal?

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.

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