Thursday, November 16, 2006

Belmont California takes away private property rights

Belmont Claifornia has banned smoking in their entire town with ONE exception. You are allowed to smoke on your own property if you own a single, detached house. Otherwise no smoking.

You cannot smoke outside.

You cannot smoke in a duplex that you own...

This is absurd and is a sign of things to come...

Big government is on the move...

Vote Libertarian...

Mike Sylvester


Tim Zank said...

I read about this last night. Figures it's in California....What I'm curious about, is how they will be able to afford to enforce it. Talk about a fiasco....these people are sadly misguided....

Anonymous said...

First of all smoking is not a RIGHT, it is a privilage. What I don't understand is that Bush has taken so many rights away but people don't protest. Some small town smoking ban passes and everyone says rights are being taken away?

Robert Enders said...

What if the guy who lives in the other side of the duplex is also a smoker? Enforcement of this law is probably complaint driven, that is that the smoking police won't be going door to door in search of contraband. I imagine that duplex residents will continue to smoke as long as they agree to not turn each other in.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Jefferson said that a little rebellion is as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. I concur. My hope is that enraged property owners in that podunk town begin a "Tobacco Rebellion" based on the Whisky Rebellion, and begin to tar and feather the council-critters that foisted this property rights fiasco onto freedom loving individuals.

One Radical Libbe-tarian

Tim Zank said...

Anonymous#1 ...actually you can probably find a basis for smoking being a "right"....If one is standing in ones front yard, and one decides to light up, be it a banana or a cigarette, one has every "right" to safe in his person and possessions especially on his own property.

The health issue (which is weak, if common sense is applied) doesn't trump my public property rights and it damn sure doesn't trump my own(ed) property rights.

This whole issue has gotten completely out of hand by do-gooders with NO common sense whatsoever.....The smoke police morons don't even look for a simple compromise, they KNOW they are right and absolutley believe they have the "right" to tell the rest of us what we can and cannot do.

Charlotte A. Weybright said...

I checked the internet to read about the Belmont smoking ordinance.

All I found in reference to it was that the city council voted to draft an ordinance. This means that it hasn't even been set down on paper yet.

Since it hasn't even been drafted yet, I think those who are already tossing out the deprivation of property rights issue are a little ahead of themselves.

If I am wrong, I am certain someone will let me know.

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