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Is Your Front Lawn Really “Your” Front Lawn?

It is the rationally logical assessment to believe that when one owns something they in turn have forbearance over what it is that they own.  This would normally be the case, except if you happen to own a house with a “front lawn” in East Greenwich Township NJ, where you are currently under attack by local officials who feel it is within their constitutional rights to regulate how one can use their own private property.  It is proposed that a resolution prohibiting parked vehicles on front lawns be passed.

We have witnessed this sort of thinking over and over.  When a few individuals become a problem local officials feel the need to “act” and then the rest of the community has to adhere to erroneous regulations aimed at certain residents but affecting all residents; thereby asking the entire community to surrender part of their liberty to do what they want on their own property in order to address a few problem individuals.     

This notion must be rejected by freedom loving Americans if for no other reason then to draw the line in the sand and tell officials, as the proverbial old man would say to children in the neighborhood, “stay off my lawn.”  Furthermore, stay away from my private property and stop believing that it is appropriate to monitor and essentially harass citizens by mandating that certain citizens treat their private property a certain way. 

Rather it is the citizens who should be demanding more from our local officials, not them demanding more from us in the form of taxes and regulation.  This is the typical democratic machine that only knows how to tax and regulate.  This is a trend where every proposition that has come from New Jersey and National Democrats has this essential principal tied into their fiscal and governing policies. 

In a recent New Town Press article giving the typical liberal spin with the headline, “Lawn Parking Ordinance Tabled, Public Comments Taken into Consideration”; well how nice of them to take the residents opinions into consideration.  This is not to be applauded however, simply because those residents that were cited in the article have misplaced concerns.

 Their concern is misplaced because they are not asking the right question.  They are correctly worried that the ordinance will affect them and are chasing a red herring when they ask about property lot sizes, the amounts of fines due or the definition of terms such as “front lawn” or “vehicle”.  When the real question is: “Is it ever appropriate for local officials to pass ordinances that restrict our private property rights?” 

Here is my definition of “front lawn”: the foremost piece of a private property residence purchased via money acquired from ones own labor. Is it not enough to not only pay ones property taxes, now citizens are being threatened with fines of up to $500 simply for having a car parked on their own lawn? Last I checked we still have the right to own and maintain our own property, including front lawns guaranteed to all citizens by the United States Constitution.  Before you know it, local officials will be proposing that we can only own or park a certain number of cars in our driveways and on our own properties. 

The rationale for such legislation as stated by the current Mayor and reported in the New Town Press is that cars parked on lawns is somehow a “safety hazard” and “make it difficult for police patrols to ‘do what they need to do’.”  Patrolmen are now actively patrolling our front lawns?  This is news to this life-time East Greenwich Township resident. 

East Greenwich Township has a meticulous and effective police force comparable to any in the state or nation even.  The quality of service these brave men and women in blue do our community is admirable.  They provide the atmosphere of safety that we all enjoy and deserve to be commended for their efforts.  To use these men and women as a reason to infringe on residents private property rights is despicable.  Our patrolmen and women have more effective, efficient and proactive activities to perform that actually contribute to the community and take precedence over policing front lawns.

Moreover as stated by my township Solicitor and quoted in the New Town Press, patrolmen would use “common sense” when enforcing the ordinance.  Is the phrase “common sense” a legal term?  Our patrolmen and women already use common sense when enforcing the law, as they should.  This is not new information but rather a deflection from the fact that our patrolmen and women ought to not be concerned with residents’ lawns.  However to even put them in this situation shows a lack in understanding the human condition and in the ideas of liberty and freedom it self. 

Originally posted at: www.egtrc.com

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