American homeowners once enjoyed complete sovereignty over property they owned. Home truly was their castle where they raised their families, entertained friends, hosted get togethers and surrounded themselves with the things that meant something to them. Sadly that way of life gradually evaporated. Over the last three or four decades that right of ownership has eroded, leaving homeowners confused, shocked, upset and often in unimaginable trouble. Inordinate amounts of money are spent on the most legal ridiculous legal battles with neighbors and local governments.
How did that happen? How did a simple and sane concept devolve into the battlefields that were once our residential neighborhoods? What happened to our “communities” where neighbors not only knew your name but were ready and willing to help.
Tom DeWeese joins us On The Commons this week. Tom is one of the nation’s leading advocates on private property rights. He is the founder and president of The American Policy Center headquartered in Warrenton, Virginia. Tom is a prolific writer, and speaker, he is energetic, outspoken and passionate about educating citizens, politicians and organizations about the many threats to our personal freedoms and our property rights. He warns us that special interests are all too proficient at convincing politicians to enact harmful legislation and to adopt policies designed to alter the way we live. With upcoming elections, candidates will be appearing and speaking at a number of public events. He has devised 3 questions to ask political hopefuls about the environment, education and eminent domain. Tom demonstrates how all these issues are part of the bigger picture, including residential associations.