Another nail in the coffin of property rights

As if we needed another reason to illuminate the need for Supreme Court justices that are strict constructionists (i.e., they follow the Constitution, not some touchy-feely “living, breathing document” doctrinal BS) this one is it:

Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes

The Associated Press
Thursday, June 23, 2005; 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people’s homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights.

The 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.

As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.

Read the entire article here. I cannot tell you how appalled I am at the decisions this very liberal court is reaching. These are assaults on the basic tenets of what America is. Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in interesting times, as the old Chinese curse goes…

13 thoughts on “Another nail in the coffin of property rights”

  1. Coming no less than from the liberal wing of the supreme court. Hey, we knew they were lefties, didn’t we?

  2. Pray Mother Nature accelerates cell-death for the liberal wing of the Court while there’s a Republican majority in charge. Perdoname, Dios mio.

  3. there was a case locally not too far back where they wanted to gobble up some homes for the palmetto extension, in the bird/coral way area, citing mainfest destiny/ public domian crap.. its one thing if the land is not in use ( a vacant field, perhaps) and fair market price is paid, but when homes are sitting on it, its just BS..

  4. My thoughts on the Embargo and Cubans traveling to Cuba:I sympathize with the notion of reuniting the family. However we must remember that we live in the United States and must follow the laws of this country. Most if not all Cubans arrived in this country and were automatically granted asylum under political persecution status without having to prove it as strenuously as other immigrants from other countries have to prove political and other persecution in other to be granted asylum. We then enjoy the privileges of living in this country and even get assistance from the government to make the transition to living in the United States easier. Then how can we claim that we are being persecuted and return to the country that is persecuting us to visit our family?. Most Cubans traveling back to Cuba to visit their families claim that the reason they left Cuba was economic not political. I suggest that all Cubans that wish to visit their families in Cuba do so, but to return to the United States they have to reenter under a economic visa and wait their turn as all the other immigrants entering the United States from other countries, and we do not have to lift the embargo. I believe that the great need to visit the family in Cuba will diminish tremendously. If you live in Miami and have contact with the people that return to Cuba most of them do not go to visit and help families, they go to party, have a good time, spend money on hookers, and even renting jewelry to show off to the people back in the island how good they have it here. The main reason Cuba wants the embargo lifted is to have access to the loans issued by international organizations like the IMF that now they do not have access to since they are running out of countries that will grant them credit as they never pay their debts.

  5. They answered the wrong question. Instead of answering “what is legitimate for states to do,” they answered “What would Castro do.”

  6. Sig, bingo! You just nailed the embargo issue on the head. The castro regime has used up all of its credit sources. Now, the last group of suckers are the American businessmen, with not a clue as to who it is they will do business with. All the more reason to keep the emabrgo on.

    I have also experienced what you write about: Cubans here in the diaspora who go to “party” and forget the past. I personally know soemone who goes to have his dental work there because he does not trust (Cuban) American dentists!

    To say that that is a shameful way for us to behave with our imprisoned bretheren is a monumental understatement.

  7. I count two of the five Justices to be appointed by Democrats. Not a liberal ruling, a laissez faire capitalist ruling.
    The State as business.

  8. Guest, what economics and history books have you been reading? This is as far away from laissez faire as you can get. Get educated, and then come back here to comment. Idiot.

  9. As far as reuniting the family.. I think I have said this before (probably a million times before) But I think that this 3 years wait without a clear plan of bringing KaSStro down was EXTREMELY counter-productive. I FULLY understand ALL the reasons (No need to explain)… but. It was a faulty strategy of the administration. The PERFECT plan should?ve included OPTIONS. Specifically OPTIONS that would make KaSStro?s manipulation of the media impossible and put a tremendous strain on his government laying the FULL responsibility for this family separation right on HIS shoulders.
    To me the logical options would?ve been to have set up a ?Family visa? system whereby 1 member of your family can visit YOU in the USA once a year. The USA may ask for all the guarantees they need.
    You want my house on collateral? There you go. The American resident asking for this, is FULLY responsible to make sure that the visiting member goes back to Cuba in 2 weeks, this visa does NOT allow for asylum nor any other of the Cuban adjustment laws.
    The people going back to Cuba MUST leave without a single USA penny and only personal clothing. If it is found that upon returning the Kasstro government is imposing any sort of taxes on items brought back, game is over.
    Once that visa is granted, the Cuban government has 2 weeks to let the person leave the country. No $100.00 white card permit. If that is a Kasstro pre-requisite, game is over.

    Watch that fucking MINREX EXPLODE.. And if someone doesn?t make it out, who?s to blame? Hey the USA allowed you to come see your daughter, talk to Kasstro as to why you couldn?t.

    As far as getting to the USA, none of this MarAzul $700 bullshit. Delta Airlines $350 round trip BOUGHT and paid for in the USA. Again a straight uppercut to Kasstro?s pocket WITHOUT sticking your chin out as ?family separators?
    The other part which I find a trifle ridiculous is that I can not send $50 so that my sister in law can have a tooth extracted WITH anesthesia , but Millions of $$$ are being sold to Kasstro by American corporations. Where is the logic here ?
    What is going to support the SUMO HIJO DE PUTA?s regime longer?
    Now I CHOOSE to obey the law and NOT send the money , but we all know that money CAN be sent, so it is an unenforceable law that converts some people into criminals.

    Either all or nothing, not a penny gets sent/spent in Cuba and not an ounce of food gets to KaSStro. NOW, you have a three year plan.
    No family separation caused by USA policies and a total strangling of KaSStro?s economy.

  10. The declaration of independence stated reasons why the colonists had a right to declare their independence from Great Britain so I do believe that it is possible to someday, as a Constitution loving American, be a day when I and others may morally pick up a weapon and battle government authoritie. I hope I never get to the day where I actually feel that I may be justified to wage war against any member of the American military or police force but I think that this unjust ruling, giving government the right to take your property for private development sounds dam close to a cause morale enough for me to do just that. We must get our representatives to make this action illegal and maintain one of the basic rights all Americans have cherished for over two hundred years and not allow the powerful to trample on the right of the common citizen, who in time of war has been the reason for our survival. No, I don’t think I will be abiding by that ruling and I may even decide to go to the aide of someone placed under this situation. Some of us only have our integrity as a product of this life and that is not a bad thing as long as you are willing to stand by it.

  11. What this new found power will be used for is not uncertain. It will undoubtedly be used by City Councils around America to make certain that a new Walmart or Bass Pro or [insert another finance producing corporate giant] will come to their town, now with the additional benefit of being able to choose their location with impunity. Also, this power will undoubtedly come down hardest on the weakest and poorest of a town’s citizenry. Of course, I personally also see this as yet another sign of the slow roll towards socialism in America (not to mention the near completed journey of an unchecked judiciary).

  12. First you start by taking God out, just like castro did, then you install laws made by men. That way you do not have to answer to a higher law which cannot be modified by men as it was God given. Which means you can get away with anything.

    Carlin said it well…..

    The real reason that they do not want to have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse?

    You cannot post
    “Thou Shalt Not Steal,”
    “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery”, and
    “Thou Shall Not Lie”
    in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians!

    It constitutes a hostile work environment!

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