Today I experienced a homeowner's right of passage: telling someone not to drive on my grass. It was only a matter of time, really, as I am the first house on the right of my street and people are constantly pulling three point turns in the strip of my yard beside my street. This one was a doozy, though. I think he tried to get all of it, and my neighbor's too.
My rebuke won me a response of profane attempts at threatening thug behavior from the perp. It was typical stuff really, except for the gentleman's remark (while beating his chest in the street) that I "don't even own this. It belongs to the state."
Aw. Heck. No.
I paid for it. I maintain it. I'm taxed on it. It's my yard. Come talk to me when the state sends someone to mow it and yell at people who drive 2.5 ton work trucks over it.
If you follow his logic a little bit, he's really making an argument like this:
Whereas the state has made some claim over what is plainly my property (LOL);
And whereas he is somehow a beneficiary of state-claimed property (wonder how he came upon that idea...);
Therefore he is permitted to damage the property (since he can't be bothered to turn around in the cul-de-sac like a civilized person).
It puts a whole new spin to that MSNBC goon's comment that children belong to the collective, not to families (or some such rot gut).
Lots of people really think this way, and they vote.