Thursday, July 28

HOUSE RESPONDS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT'S ASSAULT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Seems the U.S. Supreme Court managed to rankle conservatives and liberals alike when it conferred on local governments the right to seize private property on behalf of private commercial interests.

On June 23rd, I wrote:

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.
The "Fox News" story suggests this is precisely what has happened in the wake of SCOTUS' blatant judicial activism.