R.I.P. America, June 23, 2005


The Supreme Court BuildingAmerica—at least the America founded by the likes of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin— has officially died.

The AP has the story here: Supreme Court rules cities may seize homes for business purposes. You can find the text of the ruling here.

See my post on where this will lead: Taking Away Your Church Building

This is not in the least a political blog, but just let me say that we are losing the United States of America one anti-Constitutional judicial decision at a time. And let me also say that this ties in with The Christian & the Business World series I’ve been writing for weeks now. Eminent domain has only been claimed for government purposes and then not very often. But now the Supreme Court has ruled that private businesses have an interest at least as compelling as the government’s to seize land. I can easily see “Christian” business developers pulling rank now in the name of “community leadership” to raze people’s homes to put in a shopping mall.

Notice especially the dissenting comment by Justice O’Connor:

The Court rightfully admits, however, that the judiciary cannot get bogged down in predictive judgments about whether the public will actually be better off after a property transfer. In any event, this constraint [ed.- the Court’s “public test” clause] has no realistic import. For who among us can say she already makes the most productive or attractive possible use of her property? The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.

She concludes with this:

Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms. As for the victims, the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result. “[T]hat alone is a just government,” wrote James Madison, “which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.”

This is classic Darwinian business practices at work, and just another nail in the coffin of the middle class.

Here’s the really scary part: What happens when a foreign-owned company tries this here? With government and big business merging, who is to say that the Mexican, Russian, or Chinese governments could not manipulate our country through Mexican, Russian, or Chinese corporate land grabs of private American property? Don’t think it can’t happen.

Or consider this: How much closer are we to the seizure of church buildings to benefit corporations or to allow a municipality to generate more tax revenue from a nonreligious source?

God have mercy on our country.

4 thoughts on “R.I.P. America, June 23, 2005

  1. Jennifer

    I am absolutely outraged by this. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s anything we can do about it. Except maybe hire professional landscapers to beautify our yards and hold our breath.

  2. The Beneficent Overlords of The Kritarchy have inexpugnably spoken. All must now bow their knees.

    Dan: “�Mexican, Russian, or Chinese corporate land grabs of private American property? Don’t think it can’t happen.”

    What’s this I hear about our dear friends, those Communist Mandarins of the People’s Republic of China, buying up the big oil company Unocal? I guess they got tired of merely buying treasury notes from our government (IOUs for the trade imbalance) and decided just to start buying up the country itself. And of course the Republicrats and the Democans are falling all over themselves to keep shipping what’s left overseas, all for the sake of a little extra “filthy lucre” in their own pockets. Therefore, I think it’s already happening.

  3. Travis

    We could always have a new revolution… in fact, I believe it’s what the founding fathers expected of us if things were to ever get out of hand like this.

    And I don’t care if the DoHS is reading this. 😉

  4. The implications of this decision are very disturbing. It’ll be interesting to see if the public outrage is sufficient to cause reconsideration.

    Sadly, I think the outrage over this decision may eclipse the now comparatively tame reaction to Roe v. Wade.

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