If we thought Obamacare was a radical takeover of American society, wait until President Obama’s new housing regulations kick in. That’s right, the latest move from the Obama Administration is a new set of housing rules designed to give federal control over every community in America.
Under the phony guise of “racial desegregation”, Obama plans to determine who can live where and in what kind of home.
Today, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the finalization of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. A front-page article preemptively defending the move appears in today’s Washington Post. The final rule is 377 pages, vastly longer than the preliminary version of the rule promulgated in 2013.
AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever 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.
Yep, the President who promised to have the most transparent administration in history has been secretly scheming to control every village, town, suburb, and city in the country. Even though there has been no official racial segregation in American in over 50 years, still Obama sees discrimination in every area of American society. And, that is something he is determined to do something about.
Fundamentally, AFFH is an attempt to achieve economic integration. Race and ethnicity are being used as proxies for class, since these are the only hooks for social engineering provided by the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Like AFFH itself, today’s Washington Post piece blurs the distinction between race and class, conflating the persistence of “concentrated poverty” with housing discrimination by race. Not being able to afford a freestanding house in a bedroom suburb is no proof of racial discrimination. Erstwhile urbanites have been moving to rustic and spacious suburbs since Cicero built his villa outside Rome. Even in a monoracial and mono-ethnic world, suburbanites would zone to set limits on dense development.
Emily Badger’s piece in today’s Washington Post focuses on race, but the real story of AFFH is the attempt to force integration by class, to densify development in American suburbs and cities, and to undo America’s system of local government and replace it with a “regional” alternative that turns suburbs into helpless satellites of large cities. Once HUD gets its hooks into a municipality, no policy area is safe. Zoning, transportation, education, all of it risks slipping into the control of the federal government and the new, unelected regional bodies the feds will empower. Over time, AFFH could spell the end of the local democracy that Alexis de Tocqueville rightly saw as the foundation of America’s liberty and distinctiveness.
Now, the rule, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, “has been out in preliminary form for two years, and well before that the Obama administration’s transformative aims in urban/suburban policy were evident.” Now, three years ago Stanley Kurtz wrote about Obama’s policy blueprint in a book called “Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.” If you’re not aware of it, you should know that just as a matter of course, the left does not like the suburbs. They resent the suburbs, and for the obvious reasons. Beyond the fact they exist, the left hates ’em for why they exist.
As far as the left is concerned, the suburbs exist because only a select few wealthy people have been able to escape cities and move to and build and develop suburbs away from cities and create neighborhoods more in tune with how they would like to live. The left resents this freedom, the financial ability to do it, and the mobility to do it. The left thinks that the people who’ve done this are basically a bunch of racists who have simply fled cities because they don’t want to have to live next to minorities. And they don’t think people should have that ability, that kind of freedom the left looks at racism and bigotry.
So the purpose of this rule is not to force people to move back to the cities, but to rather take control of their suburbs away from them and enforce on the suburbs the same kind of lifestyle and existing conditions that exist in urban America. And that is the “get even with ’em” aspect of the scheme. And that’s why the Regime wanted to keep this under the radar. They’re not getting any news on this. It’s just now being talked about toward the end of the Obama administration, while the zone’s being flooded with all kinds of other things that are distracting people’s attention to the point that they’re not even really aware of this. It was just last month an admission of all of this and the stealth required to pull it off was caught on video.
So, here we have a President who thinks he’s some kind of “Nero” – rebuilding Rome to his own specifications. And like Nero, he has to burn Rome down first to achieve his goals of total control over every community in America.
The silly stupidity of this is that people will not allow their neighborhoods and lives to be destroyed by some grand social experiment in Communism in America. And, of course, just like Communist countries, those loyal to the Party (the Democrat Party in this case), will get preferential treatment in housing, schools, and other civil perks.
What will result is that President Obama will turn this:
This is another reason why Congress must act to defund government agencies like HUD that are being used as Obama’s “front operation” to implement his radical agenda.
In America, all people should be free to live how and where their ambitions and hard work take them; not where a “would-be Caesar” wants us all to live.