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Lost Liberty Hotel Back On Track

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Angered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sided with a Connecticut city that wanted to seize homes for economic development, a group of activists is trying to get one of the justices who voted for the decision evicted from his own home.

The group, led by a California man, wants Justice David Souter's home seized for the purpose of building an inn called "Lost Liberty Hotel."

They submitted enough petition signatures -- only 25 were needed -- to bring the matter before voters in March. This weekend, they're descending on Souter's hometown, the central New Hampshire town of Weare, population 8,500, to rally for support.

"This is in the tradition of the Boston Tea Party and the Pine Tree Riot," organizer Logan Darrow Clements said, referring to the riot that took place during the winter of 1771-1772, when colonists in Weare beat up officials appointed by King George III who fined them for logging white pines without approval.

"All we're trying to do is put an end to eminent domain abuse," Clements said, by having those who advocate or facilitate it "live under it, so they understand why it needs to end."

I originally posted on this last year around the time the Kelo decision was handed down.

I wouldn't plan on making reservations at the hotel at this point. The Weare town council isn't about to use the powers just handed them (and every other local politician in the nation) to do something which exposes the potential for abuse of those same powers. But still, if all this does is wake some Americans up to the stupidity of exapnding eminent domain powers to "economic development" projects it will be well worth it.

You can read more from Rob Port at SayAnythingBlog.com


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Comments (5)

Souter may need to retire t... (Below threshold)
JAT:

Souter may need to retire to fend off the hords seeking to take his properity. OK by me, another opening on SCOTUS for W to fill!

This is getting a bit off t... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

This is getting a bit off topic, but I've think the implications of Kelo are broader than Walmart taking my home.

I know decisions can be narrow. So Kelo doesn't necessarily address this directly, but the same things the would prevent what I'm about to suggest, should have stopped Kelo.

Government authority to impliment extreme Socialism or even Communism. In view of that, its not surprising to see the court's alignment. Essentially rolling out those economic policies would require the Constitutional authority to take someone's property in the name of the economic benefit of the public (the state).

Right now that economic benefit is more taxes. But it wouldn't take much to expand the definition of what is of economic benefit.

Even if the definition wasn't exapanded, what if I offered to sign a contract with the government to pay 85% of my profit to the government if they force a store owner to sell his store to me. That would qualify as 'more taxes' wouldn't it? And the state would determine what was the 'fair market value' I'd have to pay for that business.

Perhaps from Kelo that senerio is a stretch, but its not as much of a stretch since Kelo went through.

/rant

why does it have to stop wi... (Below threshold)
p:

why does it have to stop with personal property...couldn't the same logic be applied to intellectual property as well? Property is property. Think of the ramifications.

Please, start taking hotel ... (Below threshold)
Roy Bray:

Please, start taking hotel reservations and selling T-shirts, baseball hats, etc. Most Americans feel this eminent domain issue is threatening to our liberties and, I predict, will support the outing of Souter. But, you are going to need cash to get the word out.

I guess that there is at le... (Below threshold)
Whit:

I guess that there is at least one thing that this liberal can agree with you cons about. Never thought I'd live to see the day I'd say that. If it's your property how the hell can the gov take it away from you? Taxes don't count in this argument, by the way, just to head everyone off at the pass.




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