Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Error of Eminent Domain

The US Supreme Court has made mistakes before, and no doubt they'll continue to make mistakes in the future. However, seldom has the High Court erred as badly as its recent decision regarding the issue of eminent domain. The court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision to allow local and state governments to seize, without recourse, the property of its citizens on behalf of businesses for the purpose of development. Since when does the rights of a business; an artifical enity come before the rights of an individual?

Folks, that's just plain wrong. The American Dream has always included the right and privilege of home ownership. Many of us strive for years, sometimes our entire lives, to achieve this goal. We take pride in owning our homes, which in many ways becomes apart of who we are. In fact, don't most of us identify ourselves by the neighborhood or community where we grew up or live? To allow a private business the ability to deprive average citizens of their home for the some mall or warehouse is to deny Americans this most basic of rights. I have no doubt the Founding Fathers, as well as the other great patriots would have vigorously opposed this decision by the Supreme Court. All they can do now is spin in their graves at this latest perversion of their Ideals.

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