Tuesday, August 02, 2005

REACT: Seizing Supreme Court justices' property is supreme justice

By now everyone knows that five of our nine Supreme Court justices advanced the concept of eminent domain so far that the right of private property has been effectively nullified. All levels of government have been handed a carte blanche to seize your property for the enrichment of big time real estate developers (campaign donors?) under the specious argument that the higher tax revenues are sufficient public good. Under the old theory of "public good," private property was taken for public projects, such as parks, highways and water treatment plants. Now, the homes and businesses of average Americans will be transferred to the developers of hotels, parking garages, town houses and strip malls.

The so-called liberal wing of the Court has given big government an option on the property of mostly the middle and lower economic classes. It is eloquent evidence that the liberal instinct is to advance the cause of big powerful government even when the injured are the much patronized disadvantaged.

Now cometh the revenge ... at least I hope so. Seems like some good folks in Vermont have decided that the country home of Supreme Court Justice David Souter would make a splendid site for a hotel. Another effort is being launched to seize the 167-acre farm of Justice Stephen Breyer for a park -- appropriately named Constitution Park.

Many see the effort as a cleaver public relations stunt to draw attention to the awful position endorsed by Breyer and Souter. They are probably right. That would be too bad, however. I really really hope that the effort will be successful. Our supreme jurists should suffer the consequences of their actions. They should suffer the same painful loss of treasured homesteads as they would visit upon thousands of Americans.

If there is truly justice, next year you can visit Breyer Park or the Souter Inn.

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