To witness a crime carried out under the guise of legality is nothing less than tragic. Such is the case of the bank takeover of the house of the de los Santos family.
In this case, the greed is naked and menacing. To anyone acquainted with the family the crime is blatant and unjust. This is the kind of thing that should never happen in any society, including one with such illusions of its own moral righteousness. The perpetrators hide in offices restricted by security, able to carry out vile takeovers with systemic force behind them. Cowardice is apparent in the lack of communication and concern displayed by the millionaires in their fortresses.
In this case the victim has a face. The de los Santos family has had their lives taken over by an issue that never needed to happen. While many foreclosure victims have faced unemployment or unforeseen costs that have caused them to be unable to pay, that scenario does not apply here. Arturo de los Santos has been employed for years and has paid consistently on the mortgage that binds his home to the bank preventing the full possession from his family these ten years.
In this case the previous owner bank of the mortgage engaged in devices unscrupulous, including returning checks that Arturo was sending and then counting it against him as missed payments. The person who did such an act is unknown hidden behind the anonymous corporate person named JP Morgan Chase. Of course no one could talk to such a person anymore than the person could be contacted that returned money cancelling Arturo’s right to property ownership. And perhaps many more unnamed, unknown, even uninformed bank employees at varying levels of seniority and from random geographical locations impacted this situation. These people have never been to the house and with a few exceptions have not even talked to Arturo on the telephone. The house, the family, the situation are facts and numbers in case files on computers and discussions in the boring part of the meeting to this corporate person made up of people. This, of course, proceeds only to the bottom line. Take over the house with the force of the corporate person enforced by the state. And this is what bailout recipiant Freddy Mac has threatened to do this week.
It is so clear this is wrong. Such considerations seem not to matter as a violent party prepares to take possession of the house. The decisionmakers at the ‘top’ of these banks have no reason to care (once their humanity and divinity has failed them) and the system is beholden to them to such a degree that it blindly, mindlessly tramples a family and a community.
Such a system is collusion. Such an occurrence is an affront to the principles that ring from the lips of every politician regardless that the perpetrators fill their pockets, coffers and campaign accounts. The nationalism that screams to support the troops when they are engaged in wars right or wrong is silent here when a single veteran has his claim to his house assaulted through paperwork and bureaucracy.
Community activists outraged at such a clear case of malfeasance have tried numerous actions to bring sanity and justice back to this situation. On February 16, around two hundred people joined the family at the office of Freddie Mac in another attempt to negotiate for the house that the family calls home.
Some of the media will cover the story when enough people make a spectacle. In the case of the de los Santos they have had to rely on the word of the injustice spreading to enough people in the general pubblic that would care to effectr a change in their favor.
A family's life hangs in the balance while a corporation counts the profit to be gained wreaking havoc on their lives.