By Katie Kieffer
They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say.
Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.” This is real life, baby.
Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that rejects your Fourth Amendment private property rights under the guise of fighting “discrimination.”
16 Senate Republicans joined the Democrats last week and voted to uphold AFFH. Now, we must use our voting power to fire these Republicans and ensure our future president overturns their disastrous mistake.
Biological females may soon have no choice but to share their restrooms with individuals with male genitalia who identify as female—which is very discriminatory toward women. (Could we get a vote on this, please? Or are we regressing to the pre-suffragette days?)
I also recently wrote how HUD is giving preferential treatment to convicted criminals. So, if anyone is orchestrating social discrimination, it’s folks within the Obama administration—not local zoning municipalities.
Every name reflects its namer. For example, pop star Beyoncé and actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s decisions to name their daughters “Blue” and “Apple” respectively say more about them than their offspring. Likewise, HUD’s choice to name its newest housing edict the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule” tells you this federal agency is out of good ideas—and resorting to vague, flowery language to hide its inadequacy.
Effectively, AFFH regulations will eliminate local zoning in 1,200 cities and counties (see if yours is on the list) by mandating new federal rules based on race and income that will override all local jurisprudence.
Today, if you want to live in a certain neighborhood in America—you are already 100% free to move into that area. There are no laws hindering Hispanics, African Americans, women, gays, Muslims, poor people or any other so-called minority or “protected” group from living in the neighborhood of their choosing.
Jimmy Carter knew it. Bill Clinton knew it. Barack Obama knew it. Hillary Clinton knows it. The dirty little secret is: if you can convince people that you will help them buy homes, you can turn them into voters for your party. Because humans have an innate desire to own and care for a special plot of space, and call it home.
In 2016, young voters will be particularly susceptible to lofty housing promises. Millennials—who Pew Research Center now says account for as many eligible voters as the Baby Boomer generation—are also beginning to start families. 9,000 babies are born every day in the U.S. to Millennial parents. Meanwhile, Millennials are struggling to shelter their families independently.
Obama’s great “recovery” has created so few jobs that—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Longitudinal Surveys program—over half (55%) of Millennials are moving back home with their parents by the time they reach age 27. Conniving politicians know, as more Millennials start families, the pressure to move out will escalate.
Victims, victims, everywhere
What the AFFH really does is create a new definition of victim that has never existed in America. If you are low income or a minority, AFFH assumes that you are a victim.
AFFH creates a new definition called “fair housing choice,” which states that the federal government must micromanage local zoning so “individuals and families… [are] able to achieve fair housing choice given the legacy of segregation, ongoing discrimination, and residential patterns that offer different levels of access to community assets.”
Our existing law already states that all men are equal and all have the right to choose how to go about pursuing happiness, including where to live.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” –from the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Furthermore the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is quite clear that “houses” are untouchable by the federal government without “probable cause.” And the federal government has no probable cause of the “ongoing discrimination” that HUD claims in defending AFFH.
Lest you doubt me, consider how MTV recently found that nearly 90 percent of Millennials oppose affirmative action! Three in four Millennials also told MTV that they believe it would be more productive for society to stop considering race altogether. HUD is clearly behind the times, writing new housing rules that pretend first-time homebuyers face an epic level of racism. If anything, our youngest homebuyers are ready to move on and fully embrace the principle our country was founded upon: equality.
By ceding property rights, which stem from our individual personhood, to the federal government, we would be saying that we are not equal to our neighbor. Worse, we would be saying that we—or our neighbor—need an artificial boost from a blustering bureaucrat in order to walk shoulder-to-shoulder. What a farce.
Let’s take a tip from Millennials and tell Congress, and the Republican presidential nominee, to respect our private property rights.