Decibel (decibel45) wrote,
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The Kelo decision isn't the problem, it's the symptom

http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2005/tst070405.htm does a good job of getting to the root of the real problem behind the Kelo decision (that would be the decision that a private developer can steal your land under eminent domain). Some quotes:

We are witnessing the destruction of any last remnants of the separation of powers doctrine, a doctrine our founders considered critical to freedom. The notion that the judicial branch of government serves as a watchdog to curb legislative and executive abuses has been entirely exposed as an illusion. Judges not only fail to defend our freedoms, they actively infringe upon them by acting as de facto legislators. Thus Kelo serves as a stark reminder that we cannot rely on judges to protect our freedoms.

Kelo isn't the first time this sort of tactic has been applied, either. When gun-ban groups realized that their fear-mongering was having little effect on legislators they took their battle to the courts in the form of frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers. Now luckily all of these lawsuits have failed, but instead of throwing them out as having no merit, the courts are allowing them to proceed, at enormous cost to gun manufacturers. Of course there are many other examples of judicial abuse and absurdity.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws, not men, and the fixation on individuals as saviors of our freedoms is misplaced. America will regain lost freedoms only when her citizens wake up and reclaim a national sense of self-reliance, individualism, and limited government.

...government power is ever and always dangerous, and must be zealously guarded against.

Of course the real meat of the problem is that we have handed far too much power to government. The government is both an easy out, and a place for people to whine to about their pet peeve. Of course things have just gotten worse post 9/11 with the PATRIOT Act and it's ilk. Unfortunately I'm certain that things will get worse before they get better. I just hope that we can be the first society where getting better doesn't require a bloody revolution.
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