Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What goes up a tree must come down a tree

Out in California, there is an "urban garden" in South Central Los that has been used by some 350 people for several years. The only problem: the owner of the 14 acre parcel, Ralph Horowitz, doesn't want them there...he wants to develop the land and build a warehouse. He tried to clear the land to begin construction and that's when all hell broke loose.

Because, you see, it doesn't matter to the farmers that are trespassing nor certain politicians or members of the media who owns the land. To them, they should be allowed to run their gardens as long as they want. Like a lot of liberals, the silly notion of private property rights doesn't matter. So all of this came to a head yesterday in a confrontation on the land, when authorities went to remove all of the protesters.

Enter Hollywood actress Daryl Hannah. Apparently seeing an opportunity for a little publicity, Hannah decided to climb up in a tree and protest. It wasn't until officials started cutting away the branches and sent up a fire truck lift that she decided to end her protest. Now, keep in mind that this guy owned the land fair and square...and it was zoned for warehouses and factories. Look at some of these quotes, first from Daryl Hannah: "I'm very confident this is the morally right thing to do, to take a principled stand in solidarity with the farmers." Morally right? How? Can we just come over to her house and plant our garden?

But even more ridiculous is the response from L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who said the evictions of the farmers was "unfortunate and disheartening." How? Why? Again, can we all come to Mayor Villaraigosa's house and plant our garden? How would he like it if people didn't respect his land?

Once again, when it comes to government, the mainstream media and the Hollywood left, private property rights don't mean anything. It's all about the "right thing to do," whatever that means.