Who the heck ever thought about the Registers of Deeds or the Clerks of Courts? These elected officials are almost never even heard from or talked about in elections and certainly never considered as part of profound debates about public policy and vital Constitutional Rights, but two of these officers are showing how these offices might just be the most important elected offices in the entire country right now. Get to know the names Jeff Thigpen and John O’Brien. These two are emerging warriors in a profound battle.
I’ve written quite a bit previously about our nation’s (formerly) sacred public and property records systems. These records are the heart and soul of our country’s economic, social and political systems. These record systems are far more important than voting records, or driver’s licenses or any other form of government records BECAUSE THESE RECORDS TOUCH EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. American’s don’t vote and you may not drive, but you are born (birth certificate), you marry (marriage certificate), you purchase property (deed), you mortgage property (mortgage), then you die (death certificate).
All of these records form quite literally the fabric and foundation of our entire nation’s economic, social and political order and from the beginning of our nation’s history we entrust them to local officials that we could hold quite personally and easily accountable….these officials after all are our neighbors.
Thinking of all of this reminded me of a post I did not so long ago, about an issue that I still find quite extraordinary….
And next, read something that has just been written…