June 23, 2005
Judicial Activism - For Real
from - smijer
This gives me the creeps: real, real bad. This basically tells me that the City of Chattanooga can force me to sell my house to Wal*Mart for "fair market value." Excuse me, but no. Wal*Mart is not "public use". It's private. Who can come and go, and what they can do there is decided in Bentonville, AR.
My suggestion is to take the Supreme Court at their word. If a private business acquires land under this new interpretation of the 5th amendment, then we should turn their parking lots into RV campgrounds, and their aisles into homeless shelters. That'll show 'em what "public" means.
Wal*Mart can afford to purchase their land at the prices for which its owners want to let it go, and they can afford to find somewhere else to build if the owners don't particularly care about selling.
Update: For liberal perspectives, check out the comments in this Kos diary. Lot's of good liberals see it the same way I do - a bad decision Constitutionally, and a bad decision for people affected. Others are positively gleeful. The discussions are very interesting, and you're liable to learn a thing or two.::
Posted by smijer at June 23, 2005 05:56 PM