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06/26/2006 Archived Entry: "Kelo and the "Lost Liberty Airport""

HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST from Logan Darrow Clements -- he of the "Lost Liberty Hotel" project? His plan to build a hotel on land confiscated by eminent domain from Justice David Souter (who voted in favor of such thefts economic development activities) got shot down. But how about this? The Lost Liberty Airport. The latest news release says:

An undisclosed New Hampshire town is considering applying the Supreme Court's "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision on those justices who voted for it on the one year anniversary of the ruling.

The Lost Liberty Airport is the latest project by Logan Darrow Clements to fight eminent domain abuse. It arrives on the June 23 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that set loose a wave of home and land seizures across America.

A Selectman for the town that is considering the proposal said, "The Supreme Court's Kelo decision was abhorrent. We are slowly losing our individual rights through bad legislation and a misguided judiciary. Perhaps the only way we can stop this trend is to have the people who create and sustain these laws live under them. That's why I as a Selectman in a New Hampshire town will do my best to get my town to support and carry out the plan for the Lost Liberty Airport."

According to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in "Kelo vs. City of New London" a government may use eminent domain to seize homes and land to promote economic development or increase tax revenue. Meanwhile, New Hampshire statute XXXIX chapter 423 allows a town to seize land for an airport outside its border. Since this statute does not require the land to be adjacent territory any town in New Hampshire could seize land inside any other town. Thus any town in New Hampshire could seize David Souter's land in Weare, N.H. or Stephen Breyer's land in Plainfield, N.H. for the creation of an airport. Both Souter and Breyer voted in favor of the Kelo ruling.

Don't get me wrong. I don't believe in stealing private land to give it to private developers. But Souter and Breyer do. And I believe very strongly that powerful people should be the first to "enjoy" the policies they dictate for the rest of us. Thus the esteemed justices should both wholeheartedly approve of losing their homes to build an airport, hotel, resort, or shopping mall. Just as drug warriors should be the first (in fact, the only) to have their doors kicked down in the middle of the night on the unsubsubstantiated word of informants.

Posted by Claire @ 02:57 PM CST

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