Thursday, June 23, 2005

Supreme Court tramples on our rights. Again


I find it ironic that over lunch I referred to Mark Levin's Men In Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America and I find out that this morning, the Court chipped away yet another of our rights.

So we're all on the same page (emphasis by me):


Article [V.]
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 Militia, 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.
The Court ruled today that cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue. Notice it doesn't say anything about MAKING revenue, that is more than they are spending, but that it just generate revenue. What was the last municipal program you heard of that actually generated more money than it spent?

What's worse: how long before some atheist decides to petition the local town council that the nearby church be bulldozed for a strip mall?

Now do you see why the choice of Supreme Court Judges are so important? And why the Senate minority party has been using the practice of filibuster in an unconstitutional manner?

And Liberals, please don't ever try to suggest to me again that the current Court is stacked with Right-wing judges.

UPDATE TOO LATE! Already there's posts demonstrating their ignorance of the facts. case in point: I refer you all to Len at esoterically.net, who apparently can't figure out which judges lean to the left and which to the right. <---UPDATE To his credit, Len acknowledged his mistake in blamming the Conservatives. He and I have had our run-ins, but he's at least indicated in his comments the more Liberal minded Justices are to blame for this ruling.

More links:
Don at Conspiracy to Keep you Poor & Stupid: Can you imagine the outcry if the conservatives on the court had backed this decision? "Conservatives deliver the little guy to greedy businessmen." Well, that's just what has happened -- and the liberals did it. Where's the outcry? There will be none. Nowadays it's not what you do. It's who does it.

Ken at Wizbang All Your Property Are Belong to US

Right Voices: I cringe thinking about what Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, and the others who formed this great country would think of this ruling.

LeatherPenguin Y’know, I was born Democrat…then 9-11-01 pushed me toward the Republicans…but this {stuff} pushes me closer to anarchist...

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