Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Supreme Court is a thief

Five idiots have destroyed property rights in the U.S. of A.
Five blithering, doddering, outrageous idiots.
Of course, it's the liberals on the court that pushed this abomination through.
WASHINGTON - Cities may bulldoze people's homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday, giving local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue...
The closely watched case involving New London, Conn., homeowners was one of six decisions issued Thursday as the court neared the end of its term. The justices are scheduled to release their final six rulings, including one on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on public property, on Monday.
Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, said New London could pursue private development under the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property if the land is for public use, since the project the city has in mind promises to bring more jobs and revenue.
"Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government," Stevens wrote, adding that local officials are better positioned than federal judges to decide what's best for a community.
John Paul Stevens. David H. Souter. Stephen G. Breyer. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Anthony Kennedy. Enemies all of the people.
For the good guys, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor:
"The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory."
Also in the dissent... the hated Antonin Scalia, William Rehnquist and Clarence Thomas.
Hey, liberals -- talk to me about this. This is your Court speaking. Do you buy into that decision?
Watch for updates on this post as some of my friends more conversant in the law get their posts up on this.