The day may come when it is illegal to work on your own car, in your own driveway – even in your own garage.
It already is in Sacramento, CA.
A law was recently passed by the county government proscribing what are styled “unauthorized” repairs – complete with a list of them – which may no longer be performed by the owner of the vehicle on or within his own property. Inside his own garage, even with the garage door closed . . . if the vehicle is “inoperable” for more than 24 hours.
Which is a kind of reminder regarding who really owns the property – both the vehicle and the home.
And thus, the “owner” himself as well.
The state is become the true owner – of everything – when the state controls everything (and thus, everyone). People own nothing, in any meaningful sense – including themselves – it being preposterous to speak of self-ownership when you are not allowed to control anything of significance, including your own affairs.
This isn’t stated, of course. But it ought to be obvious. It is becoming blatantly so.
There is even a proscribed list of tools the homeowner may not possess – including torque wrenches and air compressors – which might be used to perform an “unauthorized” repair. It is now an offense to possess what is styled a “tool not normally found in a residence” – normally being defined however the government likes.
Possession of the proscribed is potentially sufficient all by itself to trigger a Hut! Hut! Hutting!
You are allowed to change the oil – for now.
However, any work that leaves the vehicle “inoperable for more than 24 hours” is unlawful in the county of Sacramento – unless it is performed at an “authorized” repair shop. The intent being to nudge people to “authorized” repair shops by making it a risk – of exorbitant fines and possibly a Hut! Hut! Hut! – to work on your own car yourself, at home.
Home Owner’s Associations are notorious for such restrictions but they have the upside of being voluntary – and thus morally unobjectionable. People who choose to buy a home in a HOA subdivision freely accept the terms and conditions; no one is forced to live there or under the HOA.
It’s the choice to opt out that makes it ok.
But Sacramento – which is the government – has just made the entire county an HOA, ex post facto – which used to be prima facie unlawful, when America was more or less a functioning constitutional republic. If a person bought a home outside the reach of an HOA he should not awake one morning to find himself bound by a government-imposed, government-enforced HOA he never agreed to.
The government of Sacramento uses the HOA-ish arguments about “property values” but since when did the county become the arbiter of that?
And one can turn the argument made by Sacramento on its head, too. Many people despise HOAs and for exactly that reason avoid homes located in neighborhoods that have them. The value of HOA-afflicted homes to such potential buyers – which is lots of them – has been reduced.
Which is arguably a “taking” under the law.
The affected homeowners – which is everyone who putatively “owns” a home in Sacramento – ought to consider a class-action lawsuit against the government, seeking monetary damages for the diminution in value of their homes to prospective homebuyers who loathe the idea of buying a home that could subject them to a Hut! Hut! Hut! for owning a torque wrench.
Or the omnipresent threat of the same via a busybody neighbor – who called because she noticed your garage door was closed and had not seen your vehicle “operable” since Monday, which is obviously (to busybodies) “suspicious.”
Imagine having to live like that. In a home you assumed, when you bought it, was yours – including your garage.
More threatening, though, than neighborhood busybodyism is the secondary justification proffered by the county about “chemicals involved in major automobile repair can pollute our neighborhoods and endanger the health of our residents.”
It reads very much like a ”mandate” to Face Diaper vehicles – in the name of “public health.”
Just like you might be sick – so Diaper up!
Note also the use of the collective to describe what was once understood to be individual.
“Our” neighborhoods – i.e., the government’s neighborhoods – that being all of them. It is implicit in “our” that individual neighborhoods cannot be allowed to set their own rules, if any, regarding what people are allowed to do in their own garages – including heretofore legal things such as work on one’s own vehicle.
If the neighbors don’t mind, why is it any of the government’s business?
And even if the neighbors do mind, how is it their business – assuming no HOA a priori – and assuming they’re not paying your mortgage, that what you’re doing is legal and you’re doing it behind the closed door of your garage and so not “affecting” anyone’s view or the value of their property?
But these are rational, reasonable considerations – and we live in hysterical times.
Part of that hysteria is a maniacal hatred of cars, especially those not-electric that people like to keep up themselves. It is a hatred that flows from the same source as that directed toward people who aren’t sick and refuse to perform Sickness Kabuki for the sake of the feelings of hysterics.
In normal times, such hysterics would be treated. Their sickness would not be indulged – much less normalized.
But we live in very sick times.
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