Skip to comments.Libertarians Propose Taking Breyer's Land
Posted on 07/29/2005 12:23:48 PM PDT by nypokerface
PLAINFIELD, N.H. - Libertarians upset about a Supreme Court ruling on land taking have proposed seizing a justice's vacation home and turning it into a park, echoing efforts aimed at another justice who lives in the state.
Organizers are trying to collect enough signatures to go before the town next spring to ask to use Justice Stephen G. Breyer's 167-acre Plainfield property for a "Constitution Park" with stone monuments to commemorate the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions.
"In the spirit of the ruling, we're recreating the same use of eminent domain," said John Babiarz, the Libertarian Party's state chairman.
The plot mirrors the party's ongoing effort to get the town of Weare, about 45 miles to the southeast, to seize Justice David Souter's home. Souter's property is also the focus of a proposal by a California man who suggested the town turn the farmhouse into a "Lost Liberty Hotel."
The efforts are meant in protest of the high court's June ruling that let a Connecticut city take land by eminent domain and turn it over to a private developer. Breyer and Souter supported the decision.
Through a spokesman, Breyer declined to comment on the matter Friday. Souter has also declined comment.
Plainfield Town Administrator Steve Halleran said he didn't expect Plainfield voters to support the Breyer effort, but Logan Darrow Clements, of Los Angeles, said he's gotten support from thousands of people across the country for his Souter plan, and the town clerk in Weare said she had to return checks from people wishing to donate to a hotel construction fund.
The Supreme Court's 5-4 court ruling lets officials in New London, Conn., take older homes along the city's waterfront for a private developer who plans to build offices, a hotel and convention center.
Thanks for posting. This made my day!
Great idea! If these SOCIALIST ACTIVISTS are so keen on a socialist America, let us start by confiscating his land and turning it into a monument to what this country IS REALLY ABOUT. A free republic and people who are free, whose property is PROTECTED by its Constitution, AND PROTECTED AGAINST AN OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT!!!!
I like this, but I wish they'd structure this in a way that would reflect the idiocy of the ruling: a proposal of something that will generate more tax revenue through the use of Breyer's land as they are doing with Souter's.
I agree, the seizure of Breyer's property seems ill conceived, while the Souter one is just briliant. One reflects the injustice of the ruling, the other does not.
Sounds like a good idea.
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And on the monument in the center of the park there should be a giant obelisk with the 4th amendment on it at eye level for easy reading:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
What about the other three? Of the 5 Justices apart of this ruling, there has to be at least one local government where these 5 live that is conservative and willing to prove a point.
Should this effort fail, I would suggest that we offer to do a trade with the darling of the American left, Fidel Castro.
Here's the offer - in exchange for the 75+ political prisoners taken, plus the new ones added thanks to the French easing relations with Cuba, the United States will jet over (in posh first class seating) the five Justices who eliminated the Public Use Clause of the Fifth Amendment and all of their clerks. And just before entering the plane, the deportation papers would be served.
Let's see what el Jefe says.
I think the author of this piece is scraping to find some Libertarian quotes so she can marginalize this entire effort, kookifying it by mainstreaming it with the Libertarians.
Many, if not most, Libertarians were angry about that recount.
A SCOTUS special-blend: Banana JUDGE Chunk
You don't understand, just as Ted Kennedy's kids were never going to be bussed into the inner city in the 70s, Bryer and Souter are never gonna lost their land. It does not work that way. The only people who lose in these situations are the little guys. Like those people in their $75,000 homes in New London.
The system will never allow a Bryer or Souter to be a victim of their own law-making.
"In the spirit of the ruling, we're recreating the same use of eminent domain," said John Babiarz, the Libertarian Party's state chairman."
First time I agree with what "these" Libertarians are doing. Finally, they are (figuratively) putting the roach clip down and making the effort to walk their talk.
Just how is converting a property that pays taxes into a park that doesn't pay taxes fit into the Supreme Court decision? It was supposed to be that you could take peoples property and give it to someone else if the other person would pay more taxes.
Leave it to the Libertarians to get it a$$ backwards.
There is NOTHING more fundamental to individual liberty than property rights. The ruling by SCOTUS was an abomination. I know this is all talk and in the end Breyer and Souter won't be touched. I know it just as I know that I wish I was wrong.
Oh, so now the VOTERS have to approve a eminent domain project?
Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately for the Justices, NH's eminent domain laws are much tighter than Connecticut's, so what is happening in New London would not likely happen here.
While Selectboards and City Councils can eminent domain property here, in Weare the Selectboard has already refused to do so on Souters property, and Weare is a Senate Bill 2 jurisdiction. In Plainfield, the only other option is a ballot warrant article to be voted on at town meeting in the spring.
We are pursuing a more pure 'public use' application with Breyers property to help push the eminent domain limits back to the old time 'bridges and roads' domain where it belongs.
Those wishing to support the effort can join in at http://constitutionpark.blogspot.com