Monday, June 27, 2005

Supreme Court Strikes Down 5th Amendment

That's not the headline you are seeing in the MSM, but that is what the ruling amounts to.

Once again, you have been informed that the Constitution means nothing.

After last week's Supreme Court decision, "eminent domain" can now simply be referred to as "government-sanctioned property theft."
Yes, in other words, if you have land that someone wants to develop, and they get some buddies on city council to go along with it, the city, or state can force you off your property (have to use that term lightly now) and give it to the developer.

The ruling stems from a case where the city of New London, Conn forced people off their land via eminent domain, so the land could be sold to a developer to build a hotel.

"Property," a pretty sharp guy named John Adams once said, "is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty."

To drive home the point, we have the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

Well we used to have the Fifth Amendment.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

I guess that is just so much paper. In a day and age where our constitutionally guaranteed rights are being take away by the government body intrusted with protecting them, the time is ripe for an overhaul of the judicial system