Jeff Sessions & Private Property

Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to be a bit wishy washy in his statements; according to CBS News, he said the following to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers:

"You, more than perhaps any other law enforcement organization, represent crucial ambassadors to some of the communities that trust law enforcement the least.”

"As everyone here knows, too often you not only don't get the credit you deserve, but are now in harm's way more than ever, and often get the blame you don't deserve. In fact, violence against police officers is on the rise around the country."

And yet he supports federal intervention and recently called for more civil asset forfeiture, his reason being that “no criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.”

Criminal or not, private property is a founding attribute of what makes America, America. In The New American article “What is Property?” Charles Scaliger writes,

Perhaps in no other area has the proper role of government been more systematically perverted than in the protection of property rights. Government ought to protect private property from those who wish to acquire it by force or fraud; yet in seeking to destroy, confiscate, or redistribute private property; government makes itself into the supreme thief and con artist. As Bastiat explained, men often long to have what does not belong to them. Converting government into an instrument of “legalized plunder” allows men, under the guise of the benevolent state, to help themselves to one another’s property by proxy — to “rob from selected Peter to pay for collective Paul,” in Kipling’s masterful phrase.

As with all other natural, God-given rights, the right of private property is indispensable to human liberty. Without property, there is no progress, and without progress, the lamp of free civilization is soon extinguished.

 If Sessions wants police officers to be ambassadors and wants them to be trusted, and officers want to create better relationships with the communities they serve, they need not only support the Constitutional oath they swore, but also understand the basic principles this country was founded on.