LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CDC shouldn’t have eviction power | Editorial

“ATTN LANDLORDS: Thank you for your compliance. If you violate the CDC’s eviction order, you and/or your business may be subject to criminal penalties, including fines and a term of imprisonment.”

When was the power to make law in our nation passed to unelected bureaucrats? If you hadn’t noticed, that’s been happening for decades. The unelected potentates of the Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice, and now the CDC are just a few of the agencies writing regulations to execute their legislatively assigned duties. These regulations are not all created equal and there are many examples of some that go well beyond the intent of the original legislation. 

Wetlands regulations crafted by EPA civil servants are a classic example of bureaucratic imperialism. Regardless of what the actual legislation says, if a regulator comes up with a good idea that can somehow be justified by the original legislation, they can institute it with nary a blink from the people’s House unless the regulation interferes with an organization of significant lobbying capability. For a nation of free men and women founded on the premise that our rights come from God and not the government, it’s amazing that we allow such activity to infringe on many of our most basic rights.  The Aug. 3 dictate from the CDC is another example of this and is an exceptionally bold example to boot! 

Shall we continue to accept an ever-burgeoning executive bureaucracy that thinks it knows better than those to whom it is supposed to be accountable? In one draft of our Declaration of Independence it was offered that among our unalienable rights were life, liberty, and property! Property, not the pursuit of happiness? Why would property be so important as to rank as one of the three most important rights bestowed on us by our Creator? Perhaps it was because prior to the Declaration of Independence the king (representative of government) held the trump card regarding any and all property.

Although property didn’t make the final cut of the opening of the Declaration of Independence, it was considered critical enough to be enshrined in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution’s protections against unreasonable seizure are essentially shredded by the CDC’s eviction moratorium. Today landlords lose control of their property. Tomorrow?

What should we do? First, elect people of good character, knowledge of, and commitment to the entire U.S. Constitution. Second, hold them to their oaths of office. Erosion of our rights must stop less we lose what made our nation exceptional. Enough is enough! 

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