Friday, June 24, 2005

The good of the many

Outweighs the good of the one, or the few...

So apparently it is now OK for the government to steal your house and sell it to a developer so long as there is no defined benefit for any individual...


Held: The city’s proposed disposition of petitioners’ property qualifies as a “public use” within the meaning of the Takings Clause. Pp. 6—20.

(a) Though the city could not take petitioners’ land simply to confer a private benefit on a particular private party, see, e.g., Midkiff, 467 U.S., at 245, the takings at issue here would be executed pursuant to a carefully considered development plan, which was not adopted “to benefit a particular class of identifiable individuals,” ibid. Moreover, while the city is not planning to open the condemned land–at least not in its entirety–to use by the general public, this “Court long ago rejected any literal requirement that condemned property be put into use for the … public.” Id., at 244. Rather, it has embraced the broader and more natural interpretation of public use as “public purpose.” See, e.g., Fallbrook Irrigation Dist. v. Bradley, 164 U.S. 112, 158—164. Without exception, the Court has defined that concept broadly, reflecting its longstanding policy of deference to legislative judgments as to what public needs justify the use of the takings power. Berman, 348 U.S. 26; Midkiff, 467 U.S. 229; Ruckelshaus v. Monsanto Co., 467 U.S. 986. Pp. 6—13.

The court split 5-4 with the liberals being predictably collectivist, the conservatives being predictably individualist (their ruling on Raich aside) and Kennedy being the decider in favor of destroying our liberties.

No, that isnt hyperbole, thats jsut the truth. The most fundamental right within a society, is the right to privcate property. Without private property rights, you have no other rights that the government doesnt choose to give you. In effect all your inherent rights have been taken away and replaced with constructed rights.

Which is jsut what the collectivists want of course.

Kennedy apparently thinks this meaningless hedge makes up for it, but he's worng. All they have done today is take us yet another step down the road of revolution.

For those of you who think I'm crazy, rest assured I am not.

For those who think I am kidding, rest assured I am not.

The day government officials try and take what is mine is the day I start killing them. My property is mine, by right. It is not by grant of the state, and cannot be taken from me by the state. It is mine, and I WILL defend it to the death... and by that I mean YOUR death first you state worshiping assholes.