Thursday, June 23

A MAN'S HOME IS HIS CASTLE; BUT FIVE "SUPREMES" HAVE CROSSED THE MOAT AND SIEZED THE KEYS

The United States Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote today, upended one of the most fundamental and sacred rights of any citizen in a democratic republic -- the right to own and keep property and have it protected against unlawful seizure by the government. As Walter Lippmann wrote: Private property was the original source of freedom and its main bulwark.

But, in the United States of America, a man's home is apparently no longer his castle. "Rent, don't buy!" So sayeth the United States Supreme Court.

This is a decision that should unite an otherwise divided, red state/blue state, country, as it confers on the government an overweening, virtually unlimited right under a re-written Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- one that the Founding Father's never envisioned -- to seize your home and property on the pretext that any city and its public officials know best what is best for the common good of the community. And that good is no longer necessarily a public highway, or a bridge, or tunnel, or a school, but now perhaps a privately-held shopping center or mall or industrial complex or office center.

Eminent domain has, in the process, become a virtually unchecked, unrestrained right of the government to seize private property and disrespect the private citizen.

If the notion of an out-of-control Federal judiciary has escaped the grasp of many citizens up until now, particularly Liberal Democrats, those folks ought to begin re-thinking their positions with this egregious decision by the black robes.

But, it should really come as no surprise: after all, unborn babies can be murdered at will in this country via the quiet efficiency of abortion mills, and without the father having any "choice" in this matter of life or death, so it's not a large leap in judicial purview to rule that local government can seize private property and toss property owners out on the street.

This is what our Supreme Court has wrought. A once venerated institution of American democracy has brought shame on itself. The highest court in the land has sunk to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade. It has put the president, the Congress, and the American citizen in checkmate. It rules the roost. There are no checks and balances for an American homeowner.

The economists have been fearing a "housing bubble." Well, one just burst in Connecticut and the stage is now set for many more to follow. This is not what the United States of America is supposed to be all about; but it is where we have arrived and still the Democratic Party remains intent on filibustering to ensure more Liberals on the Court!

So the question now becomes will there be the equivalent of a Boston Tea Party or just more of the same -- the silence of the lambs -- in a country that looks the other way at the mass slaughter of millions of unborn Americans while letting 10 - 20 million illegal aliens walk and work the land unimpeded and with more of their ilk breeching our porous borders daily.

The law is what the government says it is and that same government can choose to ignore those laws it determines are not worthy of enforcement. The individual gets lost in the shuffle.

Ronald Reagan would be livid. So would John Adams.

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. -John Adams-