While my gun-toting friends at the National Rifle Association and elsewhere are celebrating the Supreme Court decision which reaffirms the right of Washington’s citizens to keep weapons in their homes, I feel that I cannot participate in the celebration.
I do not see this Supreme Court decision as a great step in reaffirming the Constitution’s Second Amendment. Whereas some might accuse me of seeing the glass half-empty when I should perceive the glass as being half-full, I see nothing by trouble in our future.
We have a Supreme Court willing to hear cases which have the great potential to erode our Constitutional freedoms. We have a Supreme Court that is split along ideological lines to the point of promoting tyranny in the oldest sense of the word.
Tyranny: oppressive power exerted by government
We have legislation crafted by the lawyers and special interests for their own benefit. We have an increasingly bureaucratic government that is now acting more out of self-preservation and self-interest than for the benefit of the American people. Politicians, as well as bureaucrats, are constantly promoting new legislation, new rules and new regulations – with the goal of furthering the government’s control over its citizenry.
This is not the first time that the Supreme Court has taken an “activist” stance and ruled against the rights of individuals in favor of a government which seems broken and corrupted.
I speak, not of the gun control decision, but of the 2005 “Kelo” decision which adversely impacted the property rights of individuals in contravention of the Constitution.
For those unfamiliar with the case, the background is easy to understand. The issue involved the Fifth Amendment and the power of eminent domain.
The question before the court was whether or not private property can be confiscated from one private individual and given to another private individual to be exploited for that individual’s benefit. The key condition of taking this individual’s property is that the community, and by extension the government, will benefit from the taking.
At issue is the transfer of land from one private owner to another to further the economic development of the property that serves to benefit the larger community.
With this ruling, a local government entity can simply draw a line on a map, declare an area a “redevelopment zone,” acquire the property from private owners at a significantly depressed price, turn it over to a private developer for their sole benefit and profit. And the public’s welfare is served because the area is no longer considered a blighted eyesore and the new property owners or tenants are paying higher taxes to the government.
The court’s redefinition of “public purpose” as “public use” …
To accomplish their confiscatory ends, the court needed to redefine “public purpose” as being equivalent to the concept of “public use” as it appears in the Fifth Amendment. And they did.
The enhanced power of the government …
Under this scenario, anytime a government agency wants to upgrade a section of the community, they simply invoke eminent domain and give the property to someone who is likely to be a major political contributor or special interest to redevelop. While the owners of the condemned property are paid little or nothing – even though they may have purchased this property as a a retirement investment many years ago or planned to develop the property themselves. Whatever the compensation, these people lose their property for a pittance compared to what the property might be worth in the future.
Government and special interest rights over the rights of individuals …
My position is that taking property for public use for such things as fire stations, roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure that benefits all of the people is a permissible and necessary evil. However, when it is done to simply improve the community’s amenities and increase its tax base, then it is wrong. I personally believe that this is a misinterpretation of the Fifth Amendment which benefits the large corporations and special interests over private homeowners and land owners.
Under this scenario, a local government could simply confiscate a large apartment complex for its present value and then use it to provide low-income housing assistance to illegal aliens -- and it meets the "public purpose" test.
Who perpetrated the Kelo decision?
Voting for the loss of individual freedom were the court’s ideological liberals; John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Anthony Kennedy is a quasi-conservative and often functions as the swing vote in narrow 5-4 court decisions. With the exception of Kennedy, it appears that these Justices continue to act as socialists: favoring the “collective” over the “individual,” engaging in social engineering to derive socially beneficial outcomes and, in general, usurping the Congressional power to be the sole branch of government to craft laws.
Today’s decision …
In today’s decision, we find that the Court’s decision to uphold the Second Amendment was opposed by: John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Not so coincidently the very same ideologues that managed to corrupt the Fifth Amendment.
Why I cannot celebrate …
If a committed leftist/socialist such as Barack Hussein Obama were to be elected to the Presidency, we would be one stroke, heart attack, accident or retirement away from destroying our beloved Constitution and its protections against government tyranny.
Obama will tip the scales of freedom and justice …
We simply cannot allow Barack Hussein Obama to tip the Supreme Court with an appointment of another liberal nominee. With the Presidency, a majority in Congress and a liberal Supreme Court, there is absolutely no guarantee that the Constitution will survive in a recognizable form. I am afraid the the Orwellian world where left is right, red is blue, night is day will come crashing down upon our heads in a mass of perverted, tortured and convoluted legalese which further cedes our freedoms to the government and its sycophantic special interests.
The United States as a third-world nation?
Imagine a world where the United States is turned into a third-world nation with open borders and no regard for passports. Where the indigent illiterates receive government benefits that require ordinary legal citizens to not only pay for their comforts, but move us out of our homes to the back of the line. This is the long-standing dream of the Marxists and others who have long discovered the methodology for using our own laws against us. One wonders why they actually hate America or blame America first whenever they discuss world politics. Overlooking, of course, the simple fact that our country has provided them with a platform to protest; a right granted by very few other countries in this world.
A long, long road …
This momentary Supreme Court victory is but a brief respite as there are many other legal battles which may be fought. We have a long, long way to go to return a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Parenthetically, I would like to add that the issue of Global Climatology is on the event horizon; where the true emergency is keeping the politicians from continuing to increase their power, continuing to build a larger bureaucracy and to make each and every citizen pay for their grandiose dreams of a non-existent, non-achievable utopia where there is apparently equality for all – except the elite ruling class which, like your mother, knows best.
What can YOU do?
Do not vote for the democrat party of Barack Hussein Obama if you value your individual rights and freedoms. The man is a junior con-artist/politician who serves as the vanguard of a socialist future. And from all appearances, he is already corruptible (Tony Rezko), polarizing (Reverend Wright), and pandering to the socialists on immigration, healthcare and union domination over both government and commerce. He is an elitist who believes that he has the answer … which is a tragedy as he has no clue about running a country without his and Hillary’s leftist friends.
Can you imagine a George Soros being Secretary of Treasury? Can you imagine a John Edwards or Hillary Clinton as Supreme Court Justices? And that’s just the beginning as he further corrupts and politicalizes government agencies.
And I can hardly place my full faith in John McCain to do the right thing on Supreme Court nominees, economic matters, healthcare and immigration. But I do know he will defend America from its enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.
Ignore the left-biased media and try to research things on your own. Go behind the curtains of the media-spinmeisters and see exactly what was truly accomplished and what the end result.
One amazing thing: no Obama can point out individual Obama achievements without dissembling into a babbling idiot speaking of hope and change. What they never tell you is what the change is, who if affects and what it might cost.
Now is the time to make up your mind. We are at the crossroads of history; apparently having been screwed over by democrats like Carter and Clinton and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) like Bush 41 and Bush 43. Unless something drastic happens, it is time to hold our noses and support John McCain for a 4-year term. Perhaps in 4-years we can rebuild the Republican Party back into an ICONic organization. (Independent CONservatives)
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"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell