Friday, August 05, 2005

Thoughts on Stealing Your Land by Eminent Domain

This 5 to 4 decision by the Supreme Court (Kelo vs. New London) has stirred up a firestorm in both directions. Many municipalities across the country are rushing to take private property to turn over to developers as schemes in waiting are put into practice. On the other hand, legislation at both the state and the federal level has been introduced that would head off this decision, either by outlawing this perversion of eminent domain at the state level or by defunding projects at the federal level. This week, the Alabama governor signed a law prohibiting cities and counties from using eminent domain for private development.

The spin by liberals is also consistent. After observing the groundswell of protest against this decision, many Democrats and their mainstream media accomplices are calling this decision “one made by conservative judges”. Don’t be fooled by this. The justices who voted in favor were: Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, Kennedy and Souter – all liberal judges. Those voting against were O’Connor, a swing judge, and justices Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas – all conservative judges. This horrendous decision offers ample evidence for the need to appoint and confirm conservative judges.

On the other hand, some conservatives have led drives to take Justice Kennedy’s and Justice Souter’s homes by eminent domain to make an example and pay them back. This is good for a laugh, but should not be taken seriously or supported. Anyone participating in these schemes by punishing judges who make decisions in good faith is stooping to the level of those we oppose who obstruct, defame, lie and distort. We should stick with constitutional processes and stay within our system, no matter how long it takes or how hard it seems.

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At 6:16 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I question why liberal judges made this decision. What was their rational? Liberal judges are typically less supportive of businesses (IE private developers) than their conservative counterparts, aren't they?

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Bob Dahl said...

The use of the term "Stealing" is obviously incorrect and does nothing to stimulate intelligent discussion on the subject.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Welcome back, Bob. We conservatives are very used to you liberals obfuscating, rather than confronting the real issue, which is the forced taking of private property by a public body the ownership of which is to be transferred to a private party.

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I agree with Purple Mountain reply....Had you misspelled a word, would that have rendered your point moot?

I repeat "I question why liberal judges made this decision. What was their rational?"

At 2:39 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

I believe that they made this decision because, with liberals, the end (more tax revenue, greater power for government) always justifies the means.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Sharon said...

Being radical is a good idea sometimes. I say take the property of all those judges responsible. Then and only then will they be able to relate to how the "little people" feel to be thus violated.
When you live in a world of paper shuffling you lose touch with reality, which they obviously have.

At 3:24 AM, Anonymous jody said...

at some point the american people ( what is left of us )are going to get sick of all the bullshit that the government keeps feeding us and there is going to be another revolution in this country . i just hope its not too late when it happens


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