In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut could declare Eminent Domain over private property for any darn reason they choose.  They evicted Suzette Kelo and fourteen other neighbors who liked where they were living, thank you, and didn’t desire to move from their waterfront Victorian homes.  The city demolished neighborhoods which had stood for a hundred years so that they could build something else and tax it.

Where before there was general consensus that Eminent Domain was so that government could force the purchase of land for a fair price in order to use if for public use, now the Supreme Court said that government doesn’t need to bother with using it pubicly.  Instead, they could simply declare that someone other citizen would use it better.

Anyone who cares the slightest about liberty will be glad to know that in the years since they knocked over citizens’ homes, they haven’t done a darn thing with the land.

Pfizer built a headquarters building adjacent to the land.  But the rest of it is a barren wasteland.  Perhaps one day they might build new houses.  You know, since the old ones people were living in weren’t good enough.

Thanks, government.  Once more, you’ve saved the day.

http://www.bizzyblog.com/2008/06/03/the-kelo-new-london-calamity-continues-barren-land/

Diane Rehm Show audio interview with Jeff Benedict, author of the book Little Pink Houses, which discusses the case.

Eminence defined: high status importance owing to marked superiority.

Eminent indeed.