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So, sometimes the decisions that are made in the country just bogle my mind. I am not talking about wars or anything the prez did this time, but more of a decision made today by the US Supreme Court. The Court ruled today that "local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development."

I just want to ask the US Supreme Court, "What in the fuck are you guys smoking back there?, cus it must not be anything good!".

The case went to the Supreme Court after Susette Kelo and several other homeowners in a working-class neighborhood in New London, Connecticut, filed suit after city officials announced plans to raze their homes for a riverfront hotel, health club and offices.

I know and understand that the 5th Amendment, allows for the government to take private property through seizure if the land is for "public use." But when the constitution was setup, I really do not think they were talking about a high rise river front hotel as "Public Use". To me, in my mind, public use would be, Roads, Parks, Water, Suwer, and that fun stuff. But now cities have wide power to create projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes to generate tax revenue, by bulldoze houses.

So now there is nothing that anyone can do. Basically your land is your land, until Uncle Sam finds a better use for it.

I must say, that it was a very close vote, which is another thing that my mind is not grasping right now. The vote was 5-4, which if my mind can do simple math today is only about 55%. I am guessing that simple majority is all that is needed, and that is why a 5 to 4 vote is passed, and not failed.

I should note the people who on the Supreme Court who were against this. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Sandra Day O'Connor wrote: "Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random"..."The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."

So, I am glad that I am not the only one who does not get it, or I guess I do get it, but just not what some people see. Anyway, that is why I am thinking about for now. I am sure I will have a normal post sometime later today, but this just got me going, so I had to post about it.

Peace,
Kevin

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climbingthesun
Jun. 23rd, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm utterly stunned by the decision. Most of the time, when I know what the hell's going on with 'em, I agree with their decisions. But this is just beyond fucked up. I guess I'll wait to read the entire decision and see if anything rational and, umm.. non-fucked-up can be found with the majority decision.

*pounds head into desk*
tko_ak
Jun. 23rd, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
It really is fucked up. And it pisses me off.

Some people are blaming Republicans, but it was mainly the liberals on the court approving this. (the conservatives, mainly, opposed it)

Thank you, Ms. Ginsburg.
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