Barack Obama has launched the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) 377-page regulation, which will radically alter this nation’s character and put all local control of zoning laws into the hands of a central state.
The purpose is to socially engineer every neighborhood in the United States so that we will commingle regardless of whether or not they want to. Some see it as the implementation a Utopian state, others say it’s communism and still others see it as an attack on suburbia which has long been in Obama’s sites.
The plan is to replace the American ideal of equality of opportunity with the leftists’ vision of forced planning by the state. The state will decide how many whites and minorities will live in each neighborhood for example.
The central state will tell local governments where their local schools, strip malls, apartments and other types of homes will be located in order to build Obama’s Utopian state. Obama and his heirs, not your local government, will decide whether you live in a densely packed neighborhood or a suburb.
The Obamanistic state will decide if you get to drive your car.
As National Review Online wrote in July:
He will have the power to “re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels.”
Obama’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will move to wipe out local government autonomy. They will make the zoning decisions if this regulation is realized.
The AFFH rule will radically reinvent local zoning laws in opposition to the will of the people. It takes freedom to choose away. Refusal to comply will mean HUD can withhold millions of dollars. It will become a political redistricting tool.
There is one possible hope but only Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan can make it happen. They can make certain an amendment passed by the House – the Gosar Amendment – is kept in place as part of H.R. 4745, The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. They have not yet shown the will to buck Obama on anything however, which is concerning.
Rep. Paul Gosar’s amendment defunds AFFH in the Transportation Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The House passed the Gosar amendment this spring. However, it is far from clear that the Gosar defund language will be retained.
The Supreme Court has ruled on something similar and they said that disparate impact (which is what this rule is based on) cannot be the sole measure. Obama and his ilk do not care what the Supreme Court says. He acts and knows that by the time the Supreme Court gets to it, it will be engrained in the system and hard to eliminate.
Fox News reported that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.) expressly prohibited the imposition of housing mandates “based solely on a showing of statistical disparity.”
“Courts should avoid interpreting disparate-impact liability to be so expansive as to inject racial considerations into every housing decision,” a majority of Justices concluded. Indeed it was decided such targets and quotas must be “properly limited in key respects to avoid serious constitutional questions.
Disparate impact is a dangerous concept being used to shove leftist egalitarian ideas down our throats. It promulgates the un-American idea that all men/women, regardless of talent, commitment, effort deserve equal outcomes at the expense of those who earned them.
Unsurprisingly, the unAmerican ACLU, which some regard as a communist front, opposes the Gosar Amendment because they want “fairness” for all. Their kind of “fair” to all is Marxist fair and it means to unfairly deprive others of their rights.
Word has it that the Democrats will allow the amendment to stand if they get their way on the refugees and Planned Parenthood. Not good!
I called Rep. Gosar’s office this morning and they told me the amendment is still in the bill and the vote has not yet taken place. Please call your representatives, especially Rep. Ryan and Senator McConnell and tell them how important this amendment is.
Speaker Paul Ryan’s DC Office: Phone: (202) 225-3031, Fax: (202) 225-3393
Sen. Mitch McConnells’ DC Office: Phone: (202) 224-2541, Fax: (202) 224-2499, Email here