Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kelo v. New London

Though I am not a member of the Libertarian Party, nor am I a member of any party, for that matter, I did sign up for their weekly newsletter, question of keeping track of where they stand on issues.

Today, I received an email from executive director Wes Benedict, explaining that tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of the infamous Kelo v. New London court decision, in which the Supreme Court of the United States decided "that it is acceptable for government entities to condemn and seize private property, even when the purpose is to offer that property to another private owner for economic development. ", which is a horrible attack on private property rights. In preparation for the construction of a shopping mall, Susette Kelo's property was seized, condemned, razed, and is now a vacant lot.

The funny part of that email follows (not funny for Ms Kelo, but funny in terms of the way it was worded):

"Even more shamefully, the proposed development never materialized. The Institute for Justice recently noted that 'The very land where Susette Kelo's home once stood remains barren -- home to nothing but feral cats, seagulls and weeds.'"

The Supreme Court obviously doesn't care about your house. They have made it clear that they care more about the interests of real-estate developers who want to raze your property.

To preserve property rights, it is imperative that this court decision be reversed.


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