When “Rights” Aren’t

In the past year, a group of vagrants have established a camp under the Highway 59 overpass at Wheeler. Property owners in the Museum Park neighborhood have complained about vandalism, defecation in public, and similar acts.

In April, the city passed an ordinance that prohibits camping on public property, but the American Civil Liberties Union […]

A Picture is Worth Zero Words

We are told that a picture is worth a thousand words. A picture, we are supposed to believe, can convey truth far more effectively than an essay. A picture, the argument goes, captures true reality while words can be twisted and their meaning obscured.

In truth, a picture is worth zero words. Or, as philosopher […]

A Clash of Cultures

Much is being made of the Texas legislature’s attempts to reign in local governments. From “bathroom ordinances” to ride-sharing regulations, from plastic bag bans to tree regulations, local governments are increasingly infringing on property rights. The state government is properly putting an end to many of these regulations.

But the state’s local governments aren’t happy […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Part 2

Asset forfeiture is wrong on numerous fronts:

The property of an individual is necessary to sustain his life and if acquired lawfully is his by right to use to support his life and his happiness. To take someone’s lawfully acquired property is in fact taking away his life and his happiness. It is a violation […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Part 1

Attorney General Sessions recently announced reinstatement of provisions of civil asset forfeiture rolled back by the Obama administration. He praised forfeiture as a powerful tool to help police and cited support from law enforcement throughout the country. This is part of the Trump administration’s increased focus on fighting crime.

A criminal has no right to […]

Mayors Versus Freedom

On Monday, Gov. Gregg Abbott warned that local governments were threatening property rights. As examples, he cited tree regulations, permitting, and property taxes. The following day, eighteen mayors, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner submitted a letter to the governor asking for a meeting.

In part, the letter states:

Harmful proposals such as revenue and spending […]

A Dictator in Dallas

In late May, one of the items on the agenda of the Dallas City Council was a proposed settlement with a property owner regarding an eminent domain case. Councilwoman Sandy Greyson spoke against the settlement,

I’m not blaming anyone that we’re settling this case, but it’s just infuriating that if you’re rich enough you can […]

Do It For the Birds

In May, a flock of migrating birds crashed into a 23-story building in Galveston, killing approximately four hundred birds. Claiming that the birds were confused by floodlights that illuminated the building, an online petition is demanding that the city of Galveston require building owners to turn their lights off at night.

The petition states:

Experts […]

The Fallacy of “Cultural Appropriation”

Last week, Leftists in Portland, Oregon found a new cause: “cultural appropriation.” Apparently, while vacationing in Mexico, two women decided to open a taco truck upon returning to Portland. While in Mexico, they spent some time picking the brains of the locals, who were hesitant to share all of their secrets. But the women learned […]

When “Rights” are Wrong

While celebrating Houston’s diverse ethnic and racial population, Texas Leftist decries the fact minorities are underrepresented in local and state government. To those on the Left, political power is more important than political freedom.

Until these minority communities discover the true political power which they hold, they will continue to be underserved, underrepresented and under-appreciated.

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