But these are not the only amendments that we should be concerned with. Many states have laws in place that violate our constitutional rights. For instance, the right to our property, the fifth amendment.
Currently Colorado property owners are falling victim to the violation of this amendment; with squatter rights. If this sounds absurd to you, you are not alone. Come to find out, if you and your family go on vacation, and someone squats on your property, you can’t just kick them out!
So what can you do if you have a squatter? How can you get your property back? Well, that is actually a long process. First you must give the squatter three days notice to vacate your property. Yes you read correctly, you have to give the SQUATTER notice to leave the property belonging to YOU!
But what if the squatter refuses to leave? Can you then have him/her removed by the police? No. You have to file a unlawful detainer with your local court office, and find legal council. Sound ridiculous yet?
The fifth amendment states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. And yet, Colorado law makers found it appropriate to hand over the right to your property without any due process.
If you have to serve your intruder, get a court date, and wait for a ruling from a judge just to get what rightfully belongs to you back, then your property was given over without consent. Doesn’t the land rightfully belong to whoever’s name is on the deed? I can’t just go into a bank and state that so-and-so’s account is mine and have rights to their money. So why is property any different?
The constitution seems to think there is no difference. We have a right to our belongings, and anyone trying to take said belongings is a thief. They should be prosecuted, not given rights to things that don’t belong to them.
John Adams said it best when he proclaimed, “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.”