LA Filmmaker Has Passion for Property Rights
(posted Apr 6)
Logan Darrow Clements of Freestar Media wants to turn the tide on government abuses of eminent domain. Clements,
residing in Los Angeles, is shooting a documentary that he says will expose
the reality of eminent domain. He is seeking footage of someone being dragged
out of their home by the government. "It is over for America if Americans
are not willing to go to jail to stop abusive government practices."
Clements compares the corner of Speedway's 16th and Georgetown to that
of Hollywood and Vine, where property owner Bob Blue won a decisive victory against the city of Los Angeles.
Bob Blue, owner of Bernard Luggage Store, was able to keep his store even
though the city wanted the site for a new hotel. A big development project
is now occurring and they are building around Bob Blue. "This building
is a monument to people fighting and winning against eminent domain abuse."
He told Speedway property owners not to give up, and to use Bob Blue as
their inspiration. "Bob Blue should serve as a inspiration to those
fighting eminent domain." He reminded them that when government officials
label people as naysayers, it is all part of the "propaganda."
Through his research, he has discovered that when a government designates
an area as blighted, it becomes self-perpetuating, because people no longer
want to make improvements to their property if they think they are going
to lose money. "Then, it actually becomes blighted," he said.
The government creates the mindset of blight, thus opening the door to
acquire the property.
He preferred government strengthen private property rights, not weaken
them, as the solution to for the best economic results.
Clements placed his eminent domain abuse work on hold to make a documentary
about the warnings of socialized medicine. He sees universal health care
as a greater threat to Americans and began production of "Sick and Sicker" in 2007. His film is a counter to Michael Moore's movie discussing the system's benefits.
He visited, researched and filmed the Canadian heath care system. Clements
said the production has been halted temporarily to raise another $200,000
to complete the film.
Clements recently visited Indianapolis to talk about his movie. He finds
it scary that socialized medicine means a government bureaucrat will be
making health decisions. He is astonished by those who believe that universal
health care will be free and fail to realize that the service will be funded
by their tax dollars.
Clements plans to make a another trip to Indiana on April 15 to raise more
funds for the film. He is surprised by the level of difficulty that he
is having to raise money from the medical profession. He surmised that
doctors have grown "numb" to the issue because they have been
under the threat of socialized medicine for the last 50 years.