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Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty…..
The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If "Thou shalt not covet," and "Thou shalt not steal," were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.
The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato's and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.
To live securely, happily, and independently, is the End and Effect of Liberty; and it is the Ambition of all Men to live agreeably to their own Humours and Discretion. Nor did ever any Man that could live satisfactorily without a Master, desire to live under one; and real or fancied Necessity alone makes Men the Servants, Followers, and Creatures of one another. And therefore all Men are animated by the Passion of acquiring and defending Property, because Property is the best Support of that Independency, so passionately desired by all Men. Even Men the most dependent have it constantly in their Heads and their Wishes, to become independent one Time or other; and the Property which they are acquiring, or mean to acquire by that Dependency, is intended to bring them out of it, and to procure them an agreeable Independency.
The third absolute right, inherent in every Englishman, is that of property: which consists in the free use, enjoyment, and disposal of all his acquisitions, without any control or diminution, save only by the laws of the land.
It is observable that though many have disregarded life, and contemned liberty, yet there are few men who do not agree that property is a valuable acquisition, which ought to be held sacred. Many have fought, and bled, and died for this, who have been insensible to all other obligations. Those who ridicule the ideas of right and justice, faith and truth among men, will put a high value upon money. Property is admitted to have an existence, even in the savage state of nature…..
The security of right and property, is the great end of government. Surely, then, such measures as tend to render right and property precarious, tend to destroy both property and government; for these must stand and fall together.
Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.
nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.
The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited rights. Still, legal experts said they didn't expect a rush to claim homes.
"The message of the case to cities is yes, you can use eminent domain, but you better be careful and conduct hearings," said Thomas Merrill, a Columbia law professor specializing in property rights.
Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, ...
"Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government," Stevens wrote, adding that local officials are better positioned than federal judges to decide what's best for a community.
More than anything, the decision reveals the moral and political bankruptcy of the left.
The party of "the little guy" has become the party of "we're the government and we know what's best for you".
And, oh, by the way, just ignore those developers stuffing money into our back pocket.
This is the first step toward what Mugabe is doing in Zimbabwe or Castro or Chavez have done in appropriating private property for thier own ends.
Forget abortion. This assault on constitutional rights could lead to conflict.
And to disregard property rights in favor of collective "community" interests is classic socialist thinking, or crony capitalism at best.
They took that family's heritage along with thier property. When it comes time for them to take what is yours BY RIGHT, you may want to start repainting your own perspective.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
News bulletin for you, slank, us "social conservatives" and our values in regard to this particular topic is clearly outlined in BlackJackal's opening volley.
I assure you, this verdict is not in line with the "Barbarian edicts" founded 2,000 years ago. You lack of knowledge on that point will hopefully come back to embarrass you one day. I say hopefully, because at least you will have the information then to know you spoke in ignorance today.
This nation was built on those "edicts" and any cursory and independant study would led you to this undeniable fact. Any study of today's chicanery, by the USSC as well as the rest of the government, makes it clear that they are intentionally straying from how things ought to be.
The problems with the social conservatives is that they will blame the liberals for all the missteps, and not see that those who speak to them with one side of their mouths will speak against them from the other side of thier mouths when behind closed doors.
Originally posted by starless and bible black
At one time I was a close party to a landowner. One day, the city decided to attempt to simply seize the property. A scrawled letter was rec'd., saying that there was a party about your land (two weeks past) and you'd better show up on account that we wish to seize it. It was serious balls on their behalf, as even the notice was sent out 2 weeks later than the 'meeting'. Real hack work. Illinois.
Soon after this attempt was made to steal the property, our state legislature passed a new bill which rescinded some of these eminent domain powers, or at least procedures, so they backed off. The party must have known about this bill and had a hurried deadline, and they bored holes into, and preyed upon, the land holder's conscience, since it was a 'closed factory', as to try to instill guilt. It was crooked, inside stuff, but the result's the same: they can make anyone lose, just like that, with paltry compensation, and they can saddle you with huge penalties for the most unheard of, trivial things. The fun never stops.
It's not always simple to tell what the views of the FF were. Some of these guys were quite opposite what you would conclude, based on a cliffnote approach to the body of their writings.edit on 25-1-2011 by starless and bible black because: (no reason given)