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Help draft a letter to Congress about Land Grabs

Discussion in 'Legal' started by thereisnospoon, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. thereisnospoon

    thereisnospoon Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    At my house
    Well, I have been trying all weekend to decide what to do about the SCOTUS decision regarding ED and property seizure.

    What do you say we at THR quit bitching and start doing something?

    I propose we draft a letter that folks can address, print, sign and mail to their respective Congresscritter or Senacrat urging them to take action. I know it may have little or no effect, but what if ???

    There are enough people on this board who are intelligent enough to draft a coherent, nay, eloquent page or two.

    Please feel free to cut paste add to and take away from...



    Last edited: Jun 27, 2005
  2. thereisnospoon

    thereisnospoon Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    At my house
    Here is a starting point, written in three short minutes

    Dear ______________,

    I am writing in regards to the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Eminent Domain and the seizure of privately held property. While I am fully aware that there are times when the Government, at all levels, can and must, for the common good, use the right of Eminent Domain to perfom the functions outlined by the United States Constitution.

    However, there has been an alrming trend, wherein local governing bodies have begun to seize privately owned property for the sole reason of increasing its tax revenues, which neither serves any purpose to the common godd or helps fullfill any role in the Constitution of the United States of America.

    We simply can not allow this to happen and I urge you and your fellow Congress members to act to stop this abuse of power and senseless ruling by the Supreme Court.


    John Doe
  3. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    North Carolina
    I think this is important and will have time to work on something later this week. Maybe post a link to the decision so others that are unaware might research. This day and age of judges essentially making law have got to stop--not only here but in other areas as well.

  4. NC Shooter

    NC Shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Raleigh, NC
    My draft sent to my Senators and Representative...

    The Honorable _____________;

    The recent Supreme Court opinion regarding property rights was a major surprise to me. I cannot remember any time in my life being as shocked as I was when I heard this ruling. The use of Eminent Domain in this country has been necessary at times for the construction of schools, government offices, transmission lines, etc. Even in it's past form it was sometimes abused by taking property without paying full market value for the land.

    Now with this ruling it becomes possible to confiscate property simply to give it to another private entity that will be paying more property taxes for the property.

    The implications are horrendous and the potential for abuse is far reaching. I encourage you to take action to draft legislation that will prohibit abuse of this ruling.

    Thank you,

    Mark Shilling
  5. Gung-Ho

    Gung-Ho member

    Apr 4, 2005
    Undisclosed. Somewhere West Of The Rockies
    And lets make sure these are snail mail letters. Email for the most part is just blown off. Not that the snail mail isn't. But at least there is a paper trail.
  6. Johnnybgood

    Johnnybgood Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    I E-mailed my Senators and Congressmen

    I also phoned them, and will write letters tonight.I have informed them that those 5 judges need to be impeached, removed from the bench and defrocked. That I considered them traitors to the constitution. May not get me anything except a visit from the IRS but what the heck.
  7. GunGoBoom

    GunGoBoom member

    Aug 4, 2004
    Allow me to reprint wht I posted in this thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=144354

    It's unbelievable to me how many of us have been knee-jerked traind by Brokaw/Jennings/Blather to automatically look to the FEDERAL gov't for an answer an injustice/impropriety. We don't need a federal anti-eminent domain law any more than we need a fedeal gun ban law. What we do need are:

    1. Federal AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, overturning the piss poor decision just handed down, since the scotus failed to implement the constitution, but since #1 just ain't gonna happen, then please see 2 and 3, which can and probably will happen,
    2. Replacement of some of these scotus jokers with jurists who have respect for law and precedent... this is done by who you vote for for USPrez and US Senate, who approves the prez's nominations, and
    3. Get the eminent domain laws changed at the local levels - ideally, at the municipal (city) level, but failing that, then at state level, which would prevent municipalities from abusing eminenet domain.

    We should *always*, in our political process related to *legislation*, look *first* to the gov't that is CLOSEST to the people for the answer to the problem in question, and only in finding an inability of the city/local gov't to adequately address the problem, should we look to the state govt', etc. Of course, as for enforcing the *constitutional* protections, since the SCOTUS is the final say on that, then we must always try to influence who makes it onto that body, since they interpret the const. as against both the fedgov and the state and local govs. But the judiciary, up to and including the scotus, only interprets the constitutional limitations in matters like these related to the limits of state and local govs - but specific targeted legislation at the local level which specifically forbids the taking or private property for anything other than demonstrably public common use facilities is what is needed - NOT more federal intrusiveness into our state and local affairs. Let's not confuse the inability of our SCOTUS to follow the const. with the need for another federal law. The us congress has no power over this decision whatsoever. The only thing helpful which could be initiated at the US congress is an amendment to the US constitution to overturn this bad ruling - now this MAY in fact be a good idea. But it's such a difficult thing to accomplish (formal amendment with 2/3rds of Senate and 3/4ths of states), that as a practical matter, it's a much better idea to simply change the law where it's written - at the local level. Thanks for listenin.

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