Dictators don’t have to worry about short-term pain to their country. They don’t have to be re-elected. Democracies often kick the can down the road with respect to major problems for that very reason, because “legislators” are only concerned about being re-elected.
Links to three posts from Why Evolution Is True:
Perhaps you remember the story I wrote about in this post, perhaps not. Richard Martinez, a resident of Kansas, bought his dream car–a restored 1959 Corvette–only to have the car seized when a Kansas state trooper discovered a problem with its VIN during a mandatory registration inspection. Even though the state acknowledged that Martinez had done nothing wrong, it still wanted to destroy the car. Martinez filed suit and, of course, no decision has been made, yet, even though the suit was filed five years ago.
A bill making its way through the Kansas House would protect people like Martinez in the future. The legislation would exempt classic vehicles being repaired or restored and would also exempt classic car owners who didn’t know or had no reason to know their car was stolen.
Sam McRoberts, leader of the Kansas Justice Institute, believes the seizure of Martinez’ Corvette violates the state and federal constitutions because an innocent person’s property is being taken without due process. He wrote the following in a brief submitted to the jurisdiction where Martinez filed his lawsuit, “Innocence matters. The government should not get to destroy Mr. Martinez’ car for a wrong he did not commit. That is unconstitutional.”
Once again, one of government’s reasons for existing is to protect property rights, not to usurp them. Governments cannot be allowed to become de facto dictators. Governments are only supposed to exist with consent of the governed.
From Premier Auction Group a picture of a 1959 Corvette, supposedly a fuelie, which comprised only 920 of 9,670 Corvettes (9.5%) built that year.
I would very much like to read your views on this topic. Don’t get me started on the “process” of civil asset forfeiture, where governments can seize the assets of private citizens WITHOUT charging them with a crime. That sounds unconstitutional, but it happens every day in this country.
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