Suzette Kelo speaks about the Kelo decision


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hillbilly
June 27, 2006, 04:50 PM
http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/projo_20060627_ctkelo.184b368.html



Kelo on Kelo: I'll keep my illusions

01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 27, 2006

NEW LONDON

A YEAR AGO last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that my home can be taken by the government and handed over to another private party for its private use. The only requirements are that the city must have some plan in place that says another owner can create more jobs and pay more taxes than I do.

There went my property rights -- and yours, too.

Hardly a day goes by as I work in my garden or have a cup of coffee in my kitchen, both of which overlook the Thames River and Long Island Sound, that I don't ask myself, "If I had to do it all over again, would I?" Even on my worst days, and there are many, my answer is the same: "Absolutely yes."

It was in February 1998 that I first heard that Pfizer Inc. was coming to New London. I remember thinking that this was going to be trouble for us in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood, right next door to where the company was coming. Little did I know just how prophetic that thought was.

I immediately phoned Lloyd Beachy, the mayor then, who said he shared my concern and would take the side of the homeowners. He suggested that I call a local activist to see what I could do to defend my home.

Since that day, Lloyd and thousands of other people have become my sounding boards, my comrades in arms, and my best friends. Over 500 came to New London from as far away as Kentucky and Texas for a rally last July 5 to protest the notorious Supreme Court decision that carries my name. Without their support and that of the Institute for Justice, my fight would have been over years ago.

Where do I stand at this point? I think what I have thought from the very beginning: This is my home, and no one has the right to take it from me, especially for the vague concept of "economic development." I tell you honestly, and from my heart, that nothing will cause me to change my goals or my values.

Mark Twain wrote, "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live." My illusion has been, and will continue to be, that my home is mine.

Had the City of New London needed our homes for a school or a fire station, we would have understood that it was truly a "public use" and we would have complied. But there is no public use here. Building a hotel or upscale condominiums so someone else can live here is not a public use or even a public purpose. And in fact there are no specific plans for the land where our homes stand.

What do I think should happen now? What I thought should happen eight years ago: I and the Cristofaro family, who are also holdouts, should be allowed to keep our homes and live in peace. We should be able to pass these homes on to our children and grandchildren. This is America, isn't it?

[Editor's note: On June 5, the New London City Council voted 5 to 2 to authorize the city attorney to obtain a court order to seize and demolish the homes of Susette Kelo and Michael Cristofaro.]

Doesn't that simple desire define the safety and security of the American Dream? That is the dream that U.S. Justices Kennedy and Stevens and Souter and Ginsberg and Breyer gave away.

Last September, when we again received eviction notices, our governor, Jodi Rell, intervened on our behalf, asking the New London Development Corporation to rescind those notices and declare a moratorium on eminent domain until the legislature had had time to consider a bill to protect Connecticut property owners. An informal moratorium is in place to protect those whose homes were condemned after mine, but it is not retroactive.

But in any case, the legislature failed to act, so all Connecticut property owners are now in the same boat as I.

This has been a stressful eight years. More often than not, I wake up exhausted and wonder if it is all worth it. But though I've lost my rights and my property, I cannot quit.

The threat of eminent domain continues even though Governor Rell asked that our homes be incorporated in the redevelopment project; the City Council rejected that request, choosing instead to evict us. We now face the prospect that when the wrecking crew is trundling down the road, the city councilors -- my own city officials, who are supposed to protect my rights -- will have us dragged from our homes.

Nevertheless, I and the others who remain, who are outraged at this gross violation of our basic civil rights, still plan to keep our homes. That's how much they mean to us. We plan to keep fighting.

At some point, a day of reckoning will come for all. We will all have to answer for things we've done or failed to do. On that day, I would much rather be me than be the people trying to take my home.

Susette Kelo was the lead plaintiff in Kelo v. City of New London, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private property could be taken for private economic development.

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AJ Dual
June 27, 2006, 04:59 PM
If it looks as though the last resort tactics, human shields and whatnot are going to fail, I still stand by my earlier reccomendation that a post hole auger, and several gallons of desil oil would be a good thing. A random selection of pesticides from the local garden center would also be nice too.

Let the city and the corporations enjoy thier new "superfund" site...

Sometimes a scorched-earth policy is the best you can do.

fourays2
June 27, 2006, 05:04 PM
if this has been going on for 8 years then surely these city councillors have come up for re-election at least once. who keeps voting them back into office?

Carl N. Brown
June 27, 2006, 05:34 PM
My mama told me stories about the Big Sandy River valley,
coal country, near Matewan amd Blair Mountain.
Folks who sold out their birthright land and went to work
in the mines, living in company housing, buying with
company scrip at the comapny store. And if they didn't
like the way they were treated, the Baldwin-Felts Detectives
would come in and throw them out on the side of the road.
If they didn't kill them.

Guess we all live in company housing now.

DKSuddeth
June 27, 2006, 06:00 PM
if this has been going on for 8 years then surely these city councillors have come up for re-election at least once. who keeps voting them back into office?

rest assured that almost everyone of those in the city that are going to benefit from pfizer being there and whose homes were not in danger of being appropriated by the city were voted back in. In fact, i'd almost wager that the two that voted against it were those representing those whose homes were lost.

TallPine
June 27, 2006, 07:07 PM
At some point, a day of reckoning will come for all. We will all have to answer for things we've done or failed to do. On that day, I would much rather be me than be the people trying to take my home.

Sounds like things might get really interesting .... :uhoh:

ArmedBear
June 27, 2006, 08:07 PM
rest assured that almost everyone of those in the city that are going to benefit from pfizer being there and whose homes were not in danger of being appropriated by the city were voted back in. In fact, i'd almost wager that the two that voted against it were those representing those whose homes were lost.

This is why we HAVE a Constitution, specifically a Bill of Rights, and a Republic. Democracy can easily mean that 50%+1 of the people simply vote to take all the resources and power away from the minority, for their own benefit.

Democracy, in a pure form, is dangerous. The purpose of a good government is to protect our liberties, not steal our property.

BTW, I think that Suzette Kelo was talking about God's judgment when she talked about a day of reckoning, not an armed rebellion.

mountainclmbr
June 27, 2006, 09:32 PM
The cops know where to go to arrest the biggest thieves in town, but they are probably hiding behind bushes to write tickets to fund their crimminal leaders.

Kelo sets a dangerous precedent. Theft is OK if it benefits you. Will politicians be happy if the Golden Rule gets applied to their stuff?

romma
June 28, 2006, 01:09 PM
some of these comments make it to the front of the news. More importantly, I hope if she goes down fighting, being dragged out of her home, that the whole country witnesses the truth before their eyes. It may take an act like this to truly galvonize the Masses...

Avizpls
June 28, 2006, 02:01 PM
And while the rest of the nation is still sleeping
We'll be bidding America goodbye

Dear Mr Johnson we're sorry to inform you
Your request for a second loan has been refused
And the board of directors up in the city
Have instructed us to take the farm from you

We understand your problems and wish that we could help you
But the falling price of wheat's not our concern
And the cost of operation may well be rising
But the fact is that you lose more than you earn

This Saturday morning there'll be an action
Underneath a cold gray country sky
And while the rest of the nation is still sleeping
They'll be bidding America goodbye
[ mandolin ]
And so Mr Johnson let us say in conclusion
That we know your family's worked that land for years
If we can be of assistance during your transition
Please don't hesitate to call us here

This Saturday morning there will be an action...
They'll be bidding America goodbye goodbye

BIDDING AMERICA GOODBYE (THE AUCTION)
(Jamie O'Hara)
'85 Cross Keys Publishing, ASCAP

Hawkman
June 28, 2006, 02:19 PM
Decisions like Kelo are eloquent reminders of why we must NEVER give up our RKBA.

I never thought I would see the day when our government would seize private property solely to benefit other private citizens economically.:fire: :fire: :fire: :fire: :fire: :fire: :fire:

AJ Dual
June 28, 2006, 02:20 PM
Avizpls, I get the sentiment.

However, in the above poem, the farm is being lost to a mortgage holder, a legaly binding contract entered into by all parties of free will. It's sad, but it's IMO, in no way immoral.

"Eminient Domain" seizures are an entirely different matter.

foghornl
June 29, 2006, 10:02 AM
My grandmother's near life-long home in Memphis, TN was "Eminent Domain-ed" from her in or about 1962.

Check the maps .... I-40 is STILL NOT complete through Memphis...it does NOT go straight through..makes a big loop around the Overton Park & Zoo area.

Guess where I stand on this issue...

Eminent Domain?


HORK! PITOO! ! ! !

agricola
June 29, 2006, 10:10 AM
Every time I read that decision, it makes me wonder what on earth five of the Justices were smoking - you could understand one of them having an off day, but five?

Nick1911
June 29, 2006, 10:26 AM
Several weeks ago, I sent Suzette Kelo a letter, thanking her for her efforts to stand up for all of our rights.

She is stronger then I. Good luck Suzette.

buzz_knox
June 29, 2006, 11:13 AM
If it looks as though the last resort tactics, human shields and whatnot are going to fail, I still stand by my earlier reccomendation that a post hole auger, and several gallons of desil oil would be a good thing. A random selection of pesticides from the local garden center would also be nice too.

Thereby ruining the rest of her life.

AJ Dual
June 29, 2006, 11:28 AM
Thereby ruining the rest of her life.

It just depends if you've got anything else to lose at that point.

buzz_knox
June 29, 2006, 11:37 AM
It just depends if you've got anything else to lose at that point.


Given that there are criminal penalties involved with intentional dumping, she stands to lose her freedom. She also will marginalize herself and become a "nutjob" whom the pro-property rights movement will have to disavow in order to maintain credibility.

romma
June 29, 2006, 10:17 PM
Welcome To New London Your Home Is Our Home! :uhoh:

Ira Aten
June 29, 2006, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Hawkman:
Quote:
"I never thought I would see the day when our government would seize private property solely to benefit other private citizens economically"


Ever heard of the death tax?

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