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Eminent Domain is Theft

danarhea

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The issue of eminent domain was made popular through the New Hampshire town's resolution to seize the property of Justice Souter, but once the ruckus dies down, how easy it is to forget about this important issue. However, eminent domain is still being used by various governments to steal the land of some for the purpose of giving it away to others. For example, right now in the Village of North Hills, located on Long Island, New York, is attempting to seize a private golf course from its owner and turn it into a country club benefitting the residents of the village, even though there are 20 golf clubs in the area, and 5 of them are public courses.

What is the motivating factor behind seizures of private property under the guise of eminent domain? Nothing but pure, unadulterated greed. With its ruling on eminent domain, the Supreme Court has opened up the floodgates to robber barons. Shame on them, and let me make a prediction. Sometime in the future, they are going to steal the wrong man's land, and he will die defending it. When that happens, you will hear an outrage from Americans like you have never heard in your life.

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It may come as a surprise to some, but property rights have always been subject to the power of federal, state and municipal authority. The taking of property by eminent domain for public use is subject to the limitation due process and payment of just compensation under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments; but “public use” has never been narrowly circumscribed to what the public may use. Eminent domain is nothing new; it happens almost every time a new Wal*Mart goes up in Yourtown, USA. Indeed, history is replete with examples of the government taking private property and transferring it, either by licence or in fee, to corporations and commercial entities for such use as deemed in the public interest. The building of the railroads in the nineteenth century as well as urban renewal and redevelopment today have been accomplished through the power of eminent domain; and, if exercised within the constraints of the Constitution, it is lawful.
 

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Ausonius said:
It may come as a surprise to some, but property rights have always been subject to the power of federal, state and municipal authority. The taking of property by eminent domain for public use is subject to the limitation due process and payment of just compensation under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments; but “public use” has never been narrowly circumscribed to what the public may use. Eminent domain is nothing new; it happens almost every time a new Wal*Mart goes up in Yourtown, USA. Indeed, history is replete with examples of the government taking private property and transferring it, either by licence or in fee, to corporations and commercial entities for such use as deemed in the public interest. The building of the railroads in the nineteenth century as well as urban renewal and redevelopment today have been accomplished through the power of eminent domain; and, if exercised within the constraints of the Constitution, it is lawful.
Nothing wrong with eminent domain if it is not misused, but stealing someone's land to give to developers who stand to make a profit is misuse.
 

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danarhea said:
Nothing wrong with eminent domain if it is not misused, but stealing someone's land to give to developers who stand to make a profit is misuse.
Do you beleive the individual states should be able to have their own eminent domain law that differs from the power given to the federal government?
 
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