Social Engineering Slipping into Your Neighborhood
While many in America are still debating the aftermath of the first GOP presidential debate and others count the days to college football season kickoff, we continue down the path of transformation deemed necessary by the Obama administration with little to no attention from either the mainstream media or the citizenry.
Unless you pay very close attention to the barrage of executive orders and directives flowing from the White House, you have likely missed the finalization of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH), a rule consisting of 377 pages of governmental language guaranteed to cure the most chronic insomniac.
If you love big government and all that central planning entails, nothing in the directive will disappoint or alarm you. But if you love liberty, personal choice, and value local control of your neighborhood and communities, pay close attention and immediately start contacting your elected members of Congress.
Stanley Kurtz, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has been writing extensively about this regulation at National Review’s website (www.nationalreview.com) and equates this rule to be as radical as Obamacare when considering the potential ramifications.
In Kurtz’ highly recommended series of articles on this issue*, he explains that President Obama was trained during his community organizing days to view the suburbs as “instruments of bigotry and greed” and that those who choose the suburbs rather than urban areas are solely responsible for the decline of major cities.
Through his series, Kurtz outlines the AFFH and how it closely correlates to the central planning long desired by Obama’s community organizing mentors. One in particular, former Albuquerque mayor David Rusk, now advises the Obama administration and has long been an advocate for “regional tax-base sharing” that in essence annexes suburbs into single metropolitan regions with the redistribution of revenue to near-by cities.
Have you ever thought that “fighting City Hall” over land use and zoning issues was tough? Just wait until HUD pressures changes in zoning because your neighborhood has failed to provide the proper balance of affordable housing or racial distribution. This isn’t an attempt to combat housing discrimination which has been illegal since the 1960s; rather, this is social engineering to impose federal housing quotas on neighborhoods across the country.
If your city accepts federally-subsidized community development block grants, as every large metropolitan area in Alabama does, you will be subject to the rule.
Not only will local communities receiving HUD funding be required to analyze “housing occupancy by category such as race, ethnicity, national origin, English proficiency, and class,” any imbalance in “living patterns” or “community assets” (i.e., transportation, parks, quality schools, and jobs) must be identified, explained, and remedied per HUD statistical standards, or face loss of federal grant money.
Haven’t we all seen how government statistics can be manipulated to achieve a desired result or create a perceived injustice or crisis?
Legislation to defund the AFFH has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as one of the co-sponsors. After introducing the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act,” Sen. Lee released the following statement:
“Every American should be free to choose where to live, and every community should be free to zone its neighborhoods and compete for new residents according to its distinct values,” Lee said. “The diversity of America’s neighborhoods – from dense cities to wide-open rural communities to suburbs in between – is a treasure that we need to preserve. We don’t need a National Zoning Board. Washington should let Americans ‘govern local.’”
So much demands our attention these days, especially as it relates to the assault on our freedom and liberty, and our members of Congress need to hear from us now on this issue. If we’re not willing to educate ourselves and others of the dangers of government overreach, and then require action from those we elect, we simply don’t deserve the freedom or liberty that so many have sacrificed their very lives to provide.
Kurtz, Stanley (2012, August 13). How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/08/13/how-obama-is-robbing-the-suburbs-to-pay-for-the-cities/
Kurtz, Stanley (2015, July 20). Attention America’s Suburbs: You Have Just Been Annexed, from http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421389/attention-americas-suburbs-you-have-just-been-annexed-stanley-kurtz
Sperry, Paul (2015, July 18). Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database, from http://nypost.com/2015/07/18/obama-has-been-collecting-personal-data-for-a-secret-race-database/
Marcia Chambliss serves on the leadership team of Smart Girl Politics, www.smartgirlpolitics.com, an online community for conservative women. She can be reached at: Marcia@sgpaction.com. Her views do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart Girl Politics.