Thursday, June 23, 2005

Political Spectrum Making Less Sense Every Day

First, the U.S. Supreme Court rules against States Rights in Gonzales v. Raich, and now it rules against individual property rights? Yeah, that's a real conservative court there...

From Reuters:
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a city can take a person's home for a development project aimed at revitalizing a depressed local economy, a decision that could have nationwide impact.

By a 5-4 vote, the high court upheld a ruling that New London, Connecticut, can seize the homes and businesses owned by seven families for a development project that will complement a nearby research facility by the Pfizer Inc. drug company.

Under the U.S. Constitution, governments can take private property through their so-called eminent domain powers in exchange for just compensation, but only when it is for public use.
Commenting on Gonzales v. Raich earlier this month, Mader of MaderBlog wrote: "Justice Scalia's vote - which greatly restricts U.S. v. Lopez - demonstrates that the operative word in the term 'social conservative' is not 'conservative' but social - as in -ist. The only difference between a leftist and a social conservative is that each wants to use coercive state power for different ends." The same could be said about neoconservatives and, now, for economic conservatives... May I suggest that some of the only real "conservatives" left in the U.S. are on the Left?

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