Monday, June 27, 2005

HOME OF THE BRAVE SEIZED BY EMINENT DOMAIN

Stealing from the poor to give to the rich policy makes great strides with latest Supreme Court Ruling...

WHAT, Don't you believe me???? You don't really believe that the Supreme Court ruling in Kelo vs New London will result in the government confiscating mansions or land belonging to Fortune 500 companies to build low income housing and parks do you?

HOW AWFUL that those nasty Conservatives would trash the Constitution just to help out their rich developer buddies... Public use now means ANY USE by whoever has the right government contacts and the money to build something that will bring in more tax dollars than your rinky-dink little home or farm or mom-pop business.

Or as Jeff Jacoby puts it: "In effect, the majority in Kelo v. New London held that the words “public use” in the Fifth Amendment -- “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation” -- can mean wholly private use, so long as the government expects it to yield some incidental public benefit -- more tax revenue, new jobs, “maybe even aesthetic pleasure,” as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in a dissent joined by Chief Justice William Rehnquist and justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Would your town’s tax base grow if your home were bulldozed and replaced with a parking garage? If so, it may not be your home for long."

“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property," the dissenters warn. "Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”

In a separate dissent, Thomas made the same point: "These losses will fall disproportionately on poor communities . . . the least politically powerful." Fifty years of eminent domain statistics drive home the fact that families uprooted by eminent domain tend to be non-white and/or non-wealthy. No wonder urban renewal came to known bitterly as "Negro removal."

"It isn't the high and mighty on whom avaricious governments and developers prey. Justices John Paul Stevens, Steven Breyer, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Anthony Kennedy are responsible for this execrable decision, which shreds what little was left of the principle that a man's home is his castle. But they'll never have to live with its consequences."

BUT WAIT ONE COTTON PICKIN MINUTE... It was Conservative Justices that were AGAINST this government land grab?????

Our forefathers fought and died to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity. And one of the most basic liberties they secured for us in the Constitution was the right of the individual to possess their own little kingdom instead of merely occupying space at the Crowns pleasure and discretion.

Justices John Paul Stevens, Steven Breyer, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy have put asunder that blessing of liberty our forefathers secured for us. I'm surprised they didn't hold off until next week for an Independence Day gift.

It makes me sick to think about how hard the Democrats (aided and abetted by John McCain) are working to make sure we have many more days like this by bullying weak-kneed Republicans into giving us even more liberal or quasi-moderate justices.

Read Jeff Jacoby, and get to know Pasquale Cristofaro. He is one of the New London homeowners condemned to lose their homes by those five justices so developers could build privately- owned offices, upscale condos, and a waterfront hotel.

I sometimes think I might end up like Pasquale's wife and die with a broken heart from losing my beloved Home of the Brave.

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