Thursday, June 30, 2005

Masters of Our Domain

"Opponents of the Supreme Court's eminent domain case, Kelo v. City of New London, are moving quickly and creatively in their reactions. The Kelo decision strips the rights of private citizens by granting the government power to seize your home and transfer it to a private developer.

"On the same day the decision was given, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced The Protection of Homes, Small Businesses, and Private Property Act (S. 1313/H.R. 3087) which would effectively nullify the high court's 5-4 decision.

"Congressman Steve King (R-IA), in symbolic protest against the 'injustice done to the 15 property owners in the case,' introduced an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have stripped 1.5 million from the Supreme Court budget.

"In addition, Logan Darrow Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, has requested that the town of Weare, NH grant him the house and property of Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Utilizing Weare's newly expanded power of eminent domain, Mr. Clements thinks Justice Souter's land would make a great location for the 'Lost Liberty Hotel.'

"The threat to freedom from the Kelo decision is very real. If a hostile government decides a shopping mall would produce a more profitable tax base than a church (which provides a more important moral base), then the government could grab the church's land." ...

Clements: "This is not a prank. The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

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