Friday, June 24, 2005

The Supreme Courts Shame

I became very angry when I heard the decision the Supreme Court made in Kelo v. New London CT. Once again the Supreme Court has seen fit to change the intent of the Constitution. The 5th amendment was to protect private property owners from having their property unjustly seized.

Article 5 of the Constitution guarantees some very important rights:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger, nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In Justice Sandra O'Connor's dissenting opinion she stated that "for public use" has now been changed to "for public purpose".

No government has the right to acquire private property for economic use. The officials of New London CT have a lot to answer for. Those people who chose to fight for their homes now have no recourse. Their homes that they worked so hard for are to be ripped away from them for some dubious project that may or may not generate revenue. Their homes are being ripped out of their hands and placed into the hands of private developers who will raze them to the ground.

Shame on New London CT, shame on the developers who will profit by this and most of all, shame on the Supreme Court justices who saw fit to change one of the most cherished rights we have: no one but no one can take our homes away from us.

Again, I say shame on those justices that made this decision. This guarantee that your home was inviolate was one that I held dear.

Justice Thomas said it best: Outrage by American Thinker

Something has gone seriously awry with this Court's interpretation of the Constitution. Though citizens are safe from the government in their homes, the homes themselves are not.

There are eights states which currently have legislation barring eminent domain for economic reasons other than blight: Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and Washington

I know tomorrow I will be calling Governor Barbour any my state legilatures to ensure that such legislation becomes law in my state.