Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Eminent Domain Abuse

Like many Americans, I am increasingly outraged at the growing number of local governments taking advantage of the Supreme Court's outrageous Kelo decision and abusing the power of eminent domain. Last night, the Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes" program devoted significant time to airing some egregious cases of eminent domain abuse across the country. I was especially incensed at the story of an elderly, African-American veteran of World War II losing his home because local officials want to give his property to private development. To top things off, the poor old man is dying of lung cancer and doesn't really have the strength to fight this "rape with a gavel."

In its origin, eminent domain was solely intended to be used for public works such as roads, hospitals etc. It also requires fair compensation to the property owner. It was never intended to allow government to take land for private use..or to put it baldly, to line the pockets of fat cats both in and out of government.

The Bible has much to say about justice. It has much to say about the duty of good government. I am reminded of how the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans talks about government and its duty to be "a terror to evildoers." When government ceases being a terror to evildoers and becomes a terror to the righteous, it is no longer a legitimate government. That was the attitude held by our founding fathers. If they were around today, I have no doubt that they would be enraged at this new form of cynical tyranny. They might even demand another Boston Tea Party.

It is time for citizens to regain control of their government at all levels. Every last one of these officials need to be voted out of office. Every bureaucrat connected with a local unit of government who is unelected (such as city managers) and pushing these unscrupulous projects ought to be fired. Immediately. If we begin losing our property rights, we might as well cash it in now as a nation and let the UN run the show. That's what it's coming to sooner than you think.


crownring said...

Whatever happened to the bill going through Congress that was supposed to address this issue? Has this legislation been pushed to the backwaters because of the fight over illegal immigration?

In the meanwhile, the best way to stop this nonsense is a mass exodus of customers from lending institutions who finance this crime of greed. The little credit union down the street may be just the ticket to replace the greedy banking monoliths.

SolaMeanie said...

I am not sure of what happened to the bill, but people seem to be pushing ahead. It makes me so mad I could spit nails.

To show you how egregious it is, even Hannity and Colmes are in total agreement on it.

crownring said...

I saw part of that program, Sola, and was indeed insensed at what I saw. I think it's time for people to stand up and tell their local governments to take a hike via the ballot box. BTW, local governments have another joker up their sleeve and that's raising taxes. The farming community that was once our township has been destroyed because most of the farmers were literally taxed off their land. In the place of quaint farms and quiet county roads are the cheapest built $500,000 homes you can imagine and every year the township comes asking us for more money for services and an increased school bond. Now with a mini-depression happening in our area, I'm hearing up to 25% of the homes in this once rich township are in foreclosure. Looks to me like the chickens have come to roost and our government officials are going to taste the price of their hubris.