What gives you the right?
To the Editor:
It never ceases to amaze me at just how zealous people in America are in their attempts to violate others rights under the Constitution.
The battle over the windtowers are a perfect example. When we settled this nation there were two very clear motivations for coming here; religious freedom and the right to prosper which translated into land ownership. It was clear that no American was okay with government interfering with either.
Today we would not dream of taking away a man's right to worship as he pleases. Althought the opposite is the case with what a man can do with his land. Now of course we have to use some common sense here, we obviously would not allow someone to build a toxic waste dump in the backyard or keep heaping stacks of burning rubbish ablaze all the time, that is easy to see, but we absolutely have no problem telling a man he can't build a windtower or 20 on his land, we just can't have that now, can we?
We march to meetings, we march in the streets, we cry out at the outrage to the eyes, ears and better taste that these monstrosities would be. We complain that a bird may die or that our landscape will be forever marred by the sight of them. We complain so much it's as if we think we have the right to make this nuisance for a man if that is what he so chooses to do with his asset, the very thing he worked so hard to obtain.
Imagine if I were to make a fuss about rundown shacks that have tarpaper on them and a silly looking satelite dish on the roof, and I claimed the same issue as a wind tower, does that make me right or make it okay for me to decide what a man does with his home? Hell no!
This argument over windtowers was decided 230 years ago when Americans passed the Constitution. It's ever so simple.
Do I own the land? Can I lease or rent the land? Is it my own money or that of investors? Is the project I'm going to build going to violate the rights of others in its process or existence?
If these windtowers are built with no federal money (the use of private tax dollars to enrich private citizens is unconstitutional), if the land is rented, leased, owned properly and it violates no person's rights (noise), then there isn't a damn person who has any right to cause such a fight over something that was never theirs to fight over.
To be clear, the windtowers here in Dixfield are to be in my front yard and I don't like the idea of them being here at all, but I have no right to interfere the way many have in this project, the only fight I have with the windtower project is that federal funds are being used to enrich private citizens, and there is absolutely no defense they can raise that will make me quiet about that issue until the federal money is out.