Most Americans have a desire to own something. It is built into our national philosophy. Maybe it is a home. For some it might be a business. For others it could be a vehicle or even a timeshare vacation spot. Whatever your dream might be, it all revolves around owning something. If you are a loyal reader of Political Dogma then you know that our government (Federal, state and local) can seize your home if they decide it is in the best interests of the community (read more tax dollars). Your vehicle can be seized if the authorities can reasonably assume (not prove) it was used in the commission of a crime. Your business can be shut down if you refuse to serve a customer based upon your personal religious beliefs if they clash with a potential customer.
All of these things sound like a bad dream, but all have happened throughout the US. They may rear up in your life in the not too distant future. Based upon the rulings of our courts, you as an individual or small business have very little chance of prevailing. According to our government, you don't actually own anything. Just because you bought the property doesn't mean it is yours. You may not even have a right to the ground on which your property resides (even if you thought you did).
Recently, I learned that I don't even have the right to my own information. Have you ever tried to get a copy of your medical records? Good luck. Just because you paid for the service and the records are about you, you aren't entitled to a copy.
Have you ever had your identity stolen or at least had your credit card information stolen (I'm talking to you Target and Michael's customers)? If you were affected by these hacks, then you should contact the 3 credit bureaus here in the US (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You can place a 90 day hold on your credit. There is an option to place a 7 year hold, but this requires a police report documenting that you have actually been a victim of fraud. So to get this straight, it is my credit and I don't have the right to limit who gets to see my information unless I have had money stolen from me. Wow. That makes complete sense in some bizarro world.
What I have been reminded of recently is that I own nothing except myself. I don't own my house, car or even records about me. It is enough to make me question why I even bother trying to fight it. Then I realize that my satisfaction comes from educating all of you about these issues. If you know and I know and all of your friends and family know, then suddenly we have a large group of people unwilling to accept the status quo.
Demand access to your records. They are yours, you deserve to see them. Why should a credit card company you do business with be able to ruin your credit through their error and you have no way to fight it? Why should your insurance company have access to your medical records and you don't.
Demand that government seizure of property err on the side of the consumer, not the government. Just because you happen to own a valuable piece of property does not mean the local government should be able to seize it to raise revenue for the tax coffers. If you have fulfilled your end of the social contract, why can they change the rules when it suits their purposes and not allow you to do the same.
Stand up for your rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I know that comes from the Declaration of Independence, but it still applies today. You paid for it, shouldn't you have the right to keep it.