High court OKs personal property seizures
Majority: Local officials know how best to help cities
Friday, June 24, 2005; Posted: 12:32 a.m. EDT (04:32 GMT)
Expire = "07/23/2005";
This is the link that tells all about it. It will only work until 7/23/05
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development............ Above link tells whole story.
This is very disturbing to me. I feel like one of our basic rights have been tampered with.
I do not usually do anything political. But CT is just over our border. Too close to home to ignore what these people were fighting against and lost. I feel the need to vent, so here I am.
All the villans that are in the books we read and write are based on a true aspect of human nature. I can see this travesty being be visited upon people who have "prime" property that perhaps has been in their families for generations but currently without the funds to defend themselves. With the vote of the town/city and the stereotypical developer as the behind the scenes villain (which DOES happen btw), that family land will be deemed a location as "of vital importance to the economic integrity of the area" and said landowners will be steamrolled out of the picture. This seems to sound the death knell to local family histories in small local communities and , dare I say, the beginning of the end to the "middle class" as we've known it. Am I being melodramatic? Alarmist?......don't think so. How many countrys in this world have YOU heard about where the few (rich) control the many (everyone else) . *sigh* I thank God that I live in this county, however screwy things get....because with the first admendment, I still am able to vent, rant and act like Chicken Little as I just have.....and maybe...just maybe....the decision someday can be overturned...even if it is a Supreme Court decision.
*whew* I feel a tad better. Thank you for baring with me. Next blog will be totally fluff.