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June 23, 2005


The SCOTUS has made an epic decision today, but no one in their right mind would see this as a well-thought out decision. The Washington Post reports that local governments may now seize property for local economic growth.
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.

In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.

The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited rights. Still, legal experts said they didn't expect a rush to claim homes.
Emminent domain was created for great need, not a little extra cash. This decision goes against the very right to own property. And the response from the right has been huge so far.

Michelle Malkin
The Volokh Conspiracy
The Vodka Pundit
Right Wing News
Commonwealth Conservative

So, where is the left right now? They should be up in arms. This greatly threatens many of those whom they claim to support, in particular, the poor. Why the poor? They usually live in lower income regions (obviously) which can drag down the rest of its locale. So, now, a local government could conceivably seize all this property and kick those in poverty out of their homes. Shouldn't liberals be up in arms over this decision?

Nope. Instead, all the left can do is focus on Karl Rove's (correct) criticisms of liberals in their handling of the 9/11 attacks.

Well, fine then. I'm sure we will hear their responses soon (probably in a couple days after they finally stop frothing at the mouth over Rove). Right now, the rest of us need to stand up and tell the Supreme Court that their decision does not have the support of the people, that it is flat out wrong.

Contact your senator, write to a blog, do anything you can to let your voice be heard. Tell the Supreme Court that they cannot legislate to us; they may not be directly elected by Americans, but they still have to answer to us.