Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Legalizing Thievery

What a bunch of bullsh*t this recent Supreme Court decision on Kelo v. New London is. Interestingly, the editorial staff of the Roanoke Times agrees:
But in Kelo v. City of New London, the court stretched the definition past the breaking point by allowing property to be taken from unwilling sellers (still, at least, with the Fifth Amendment's required "just compensation") for the sole purpose of economic development.

What the Times' editors don't mention is that the Court's liberals, Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer were the ones who voted to uphold the thievery, while Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas dissented along with O'Connor (whose "impassioned dissent" is quoted in the editorial). Furthermore, the Times takes some comfort in the "required 'just compensation'", without wondering who gets to decide what constitutes "just compensation".

On the bright side, it appears that a game is afoot to build a hotel on land currently owned by Justice Souter. The new hotel will be called The Lost Liberty Hotel, and will surely create higher tax revenues for the city of Weare, New Hampshire than Justice Souter is currently providing. I hope they get the three votes they need.