The Supreme Court today blessed (5-4) the conspiracy of big business and big government to act against individuals. (Text of the decision.) The Court decided that it is perfectly Constitutional for a government to take your home from you and to hand the property to other private people the government likes better, people who will make their own money from it.
What an dangerous stretch of governmental authority in furtherance of concentration of economic wealth!
This horrible alliance of corporate and governmental greed is stunning. It’s the kind of act that induced our forbearers to call for a new government of, for, and by the people.
I am at a loss to suggest what wording to put into our Constitution to make it plainer that individual people have the rights to own private property and that government’s power is limited by that same Constitution. The judges on the Supreme Court have issued a twisted, tortured interpretation of “public use”. The decision flies in the face of the traditional goals of private home ownership and limited government.
Congress must act! It must pass laws to stop the taking of homes for private development project. It must also stop the Supreme Court from blessing the union of big government and corporate developers. If halting that alliance takes a Constitutional Amendment, such an Amendment will be supported by a large majorities from many spots on the political spectrum.