The first-generation American is shocked that his adopted country will allow a city to force out of business a thriving local company. As a top-rated mechanic to prestigious clients, why would anyone want to force this Kenyan immigrant out of business? More importantly, how can it be legal to do so?
As one of the top ranked mechanics in Dallas, Hinga Mbogo has served a wide range of clients, including a Dallas Symphony Orchestra musician, and the Dallas Police Department, by repairing their undercover cars. “When I opened this shop, I thought I had it made. I thought I had the American dream,” he said.
But thanks to a little-known zoning tactic known as “amortization,” the Dallas City Council is trying to remove Hinga from his own property. Back in 2005, the council re-zoned Hinga’s neighborhood for a “planned development district.” Any properties that were “nonconforming” with the new zoning designation had a limited amount of time to comply. For Hinga, that would mean closing down his business. “When I found out I had to lose my livelihood, I couldn’t believe that I was in America,” he added.
Mr. Mbogo, many of us natives also can’t believe this happens in America. Obviously, you are more comfortable with American values than the members of your city council.
Reader, if you think “big government” is only a problem at the federal level, think again. It is tragic joke that we constantly find the state, at all levels, vacillating between claiming a business is “too big to fail” and trying to make businesses fail.
I can’t let the irony of the situation pass by without notice. Here we have a Kenyan who actually built something and the government wants to destroy it. While in the White House, we have the son of a Kenyan who lectured Americans that “you didn’t build that.”
Obama claimed that no private individual could claim to have accomplished anything or own anything because the government allegedly made it possible. Here in Dallas we see the result of Obama’s lie. The city government is acting like Mbogo’s three decades of service and hard work count for nothing. They act like it is their business.
The government dreams of the day when we will all believe that they own everything and give them total submission.