Do You Own Your Property

On Thursday,December 19, 2019 the Belknap Superior court issued its ruling in the case of Town of Belmont v. Mike Sylvia. The court ordered an injunction against the use of my property, and awarded attorney’s fees to be paid to the town. They held in abeyance any fines for prior use of my own property.

At the heart of this issue is the people’s right to ownership of property. To own a thing is to have control of that thing. If one owns and controls an object then he has a right to use that property as he sees fit as long as his use harms no other. If one is truly an owner there is no need to ask for permission to use that which is owned. To be required to seek permission to use ones own property, such as applying for a building permit, is contrary to our right of holding property.

The New Hampshire constitution, upon which our government claims authority, is a beloved document which I hold in high esteem. It predates the founding of the united States and is by far a better constitution than the U.S. Constitution. It was made clear prior to the formation of the New Hampshire state government that the construction of a government could not come into being until the inalienable rights of the people were documented. Therefore, before the republic was established in Part II of the New Hampshire constitution, Part I reserved to the people of the state all the essential rights which were unnecessary to a proper government. Only after our rights were reserved did we then parse out powers that would be necessary to a just government.

We the people of New Hampshire surrendered up only such authority as would be needed to form a society which could work together for the protection of all citizens. This exchange was to protect our rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.

Among the proper roles of our government is to assure against trespasses upon its citizens. If the actions of one person reaches into harming the rights of another citizen the state was empowered with what is know as the police power of the state. All of the reserved rights of Part I were held as private rights which would be protected by the state; lacking that protection the constitution is null.

In the case at hand the court has ruled that I have harmed the Town of Belmont. I did not go to the Town and ask for permission to use my property. The harm alleged is that I have violated a Town ordinance. I posit that the Town’s ordinance is in violation of my Part I protected right to the ownership and peaceful enjoyment of my property. As we all should know, any law made in violation of our constitution is a nullity. The Town has not protected my right to property, it has failed to do so.

As we go onward from here, I want to express my gratitude for friends and neighbors who have supported my efforts along the way. I have stood not only for myself but for the people of Belmont and beyond. So, I ask you; do we accept that our property is not our own?

Send an e-mail with your thoughts; mike@mikesylvia.org

9 Replies to “Do You Own Your Property”

  1. A common law court would not come to the same conclusion. The court that decided this is not functioning to protect anyone’s rights- only the rights of the corporate state which is an enemy of Soveriegn human beings. The fraud court assumes that you agreed to their subversive double speak when you purchased the property. You used their fraudulent money and used their criminal system to register the deed agreeing to the undisclosed condition that you are a tenant on their UNITED STATES territory.

  2. Allodial land ownership may have once been possible in America, but I suspect it is no longer possible unless you make some sort of deal with the local government, whether it be a city/town or a county. We no longer own our transportation ‘vehicles’ either. The modern state governments rarely operate under the restrictions that were once an integral part of their constitutions.

    It appears to me that as long as there is government, humans will have this problem. I haven’t seen a government yet that is not likened to an open air plantation system of forced and violent control over the people.

    Live free or die is a great motto, and New Hampshire is invariably viewed as one of the freest states. What happens when NH buckles under the communist pressures and becomes another Massachusetts?

    1. We that can recall beyond the indoctrination what liberty is are the hope that it can be rekindled in the future. I was ignorant for most of my life. The truth can not be unlearned.

  3. The reality is we, the People don’t own our real estate property. We merely rent it as long as the government allows us. This was not the intention of our Founders.

    The Founders opinion of individual property rights is summed up in the below quotes of Thomas Jefferson:

    “Nothing is ours, which another may deprive us of.” –Thomas Jefferson to Maria Cosway, 1786. ME 5:440

    “[If government have] a right of demanding ad libitum and of taxing us themselves to the full amount of their demand if we do not comply with it, [this would leave] us without anything we can call property.” –Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Lord North, 1775. Papers 1:233

    “[The] rights [of the people] to the exercise and fruits of their own industry can never be protected against the selfishness of rulers not subject to their control at short periods.” –Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1816.

    “The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.” –Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:36

  4. Thank you for standing up and trying to protect our rights. I’m not sure you are going to be able to appeal any of this to a higher court though. I think you failed to object and/or take other actions which would enable you to appeal. I’m no lawyer though so investigate it further.

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