In a 5-4 decision a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday municipalities may bulldoze people’s homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development. This gives local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue.
Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, said New London could pursue private development under the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property if the land is for public use, since the project the city has in mind promises to bring more jobs and revenue.
He was joined in his opinion by other members of the court’s left wing; David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer as well as Swing voting Justice Anthony Kennedy.
In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.
O’Connor criticized the majority for abandoning the conservative principle of individual property rights and handing “disproportionate influence and power” to the well-heeled.
“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property,” O’Connor wrote. “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.”
At least eight states, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and Washington âââ forbid the use of eminent domain for economic development unless it is to eliminate blight. Other states either expressly allow a taking for private economic purposes or have not spoken clearly to the question.
This is strike three for the U.S. Supreme Court. First it allowed of the squashing of political speech, in the BCRA (Campaign finance law) case , then it gave unlimited power to the federal government in the medical marijuana case, and now it has tossed out private property rights. I can come to only one conclusion; we can no longer rely on the U.S. Supreme Court to protect our constitutional rights.
The socialists are winning the battle folks. Wake up the left is all about promoting socialism. Restricting political speech, extending the power of the central government, and no private property rights? I think we are turning into the kind of country our Founding Fathers tried to prevent!
The left is taking over our judicial system, they already control our public schools, they control our text books, they control our college history departments, they control our museums and they are promoting anti-American/anti-capitalism ideology.
Understand the Left is only a small percentage of our country; however they are having a great impact on many of our population. They are lying to them, re-writing history (sometimes by printing untruths and sometimes in an act of omission), they are twisting the facts, and people are buying it.
Our job? Expose the lies whenever possible, always check their so called facts and figures, be skeptical of everything that is anti-American, and finally be informed.
For parents know that your children are going to be intentionally misinformed and lied to in school. Make sure you provide the, real or missing, information your children need to grow up into intelligent knowledgeable adults.
Finally get some tools so you have the truth. Here is some recommended books:
“A Patriots History Of The United States” from Columbus to the war on terror by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. ISBN 1-59523-001-7
This was a great read “Why The Left Hates America”[Book] [E-book] exposing the lies that have obscured our nation’s greatness by Daniel Flynn. ISBN 1-4000-8040-1
It is not one of those attack books it is worth buying for the first chapter alone; very informative and an easy read.