Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An Epic Win for Freedom

We understand that the government has always had eminent domain powers. In very limited circumstances, they can confiscate private property for public use. The stupid American people thought public use meant roads, hospitals, etc. Not so. A town in Connecticut decided that the increased tax revenue from, say, a shiny new 5-star hotel, constitutes public use. It seized the land of dozens of homeowners--who had refused to sell their land to the hotel developer--and gave it to the hotel. The citizens didn't like that very much, so they took the town to court. Eventually they made it to the Supreme Kangaroo Court, which ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing the town to continue.

So not only can the government seize your land when an important road needs to be built, it can seize your land whenever some developer wants to build there and you don't want to move.

Where's the win? Several months after the ruling was passed, Logan Darrow Clemens, a businessman from California, filed a petition to build a hotel on the property of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who ruled in favor of the government. He's planning on calling it Lost Liberty Hotel, with the Just Desserts Cafe and a museum dedicated to the erosion of freedom and expansion of federal power. That's a freaking American hero right there. The government starts eroding your rights, you use their own harmful laws to spit in their face. And it's a win-win situation. Either the hotel goes through, in which case he's made his statement; or it doesn't, and he's got an equal-protection appeal. Absolutely genius.

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