Carin Froehlich hung wet laundry on the clothesline in front of her farmhouse in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. The year was 2009. Today, Carin Froehlich fights for her property rights and the freedom to hang her wet things out on her own land.
The neighbors became annoyed when Froehlich moved the clothesline to the front yard from the back, where too many ticks cohabited with the laundry. Nasty notes appeared in her mailbox; complaints, along with unneighborly name calling, ensued.
Froehlich formerly enjoyed the freedom of a neighborhood unencumbered by home owners associations. No rules and regulations stifled her rights of property like some newer neighborhoods do. But that was before she put up her laundry in plain view of the angry residents nearby.
Neighbors, of course, have no rights to another’s property. While you are exercising yours, neighbors exercise their right not to be offended. The rights of property are guaranteed by the Constitution; the right not to be offended is not. It is assumed by liberals who spout tolerance for others while exhibiting none of their own.
And so, we have community organizations and things like HOAs which set boundaries on our property rights. These are set in motion when neighborly feedbacks fail to influence offending practices such as solar drying, as energy efficient and environmentally conscious as that practice is. The goodness of the method pales compared to the ire implemented among the neighbors when no HOA is in place to ban the practice.
“Your neighbor is your neighbor. It doesn’t matter what they do, or what color you paint your house, as soon as you cross that line (and tell them what to do), you’re talking communism,” Carin said according to Intelligencer, a local paper.
Communism. The term makes sense as appropriate nomenclature when individual freedoms are suppressed for the assumed good of all. Such ‘good’ occurs at the great expense of the individual. A better outcome might have been achieved if the neighbors simply looked away.
In Froehlich’s case, a Pennsylvania state senator came to her aid by proposing legislation entitled “Right to Dry Clothes by Solar Energy Act.” Isn’t that just like government to write a law to resolve the matter? Long story short: the state legislature had more sweeping freedoms to suppress and didn’t have time to consider such trivia.
Meanwhile, Carin Froehlich considers her property rights no small matter. “It could be a Supreme Court issue, as silly as it sounds,” she said in the Intelligencer article. The intolerance of the progressive collective shows no signs of intimidating the laundry lady of Perkasie, PA.