Free speech and eminent domain: laws we need to be careful with

Before long, it may be illegal to have an opinion, at least one that runs contrary to our Government’s when it comes to deciding what is right for the common good. No, I’m not talking about reforming health insurance, but on the right to protect your property.

Right now, Mayor McLin and Nan Whaley, have no problems spending Federal tax dollars in Dayton to tear down everything in sight. They had no problem stepping in for Midland-Atlantic to help first declare a neighborhood blighted- and then try to force sales- only to see the developer walk. So much for the new Wayne Avenue Kroger.

Eminent domain is a dangerous tool in the wrong hands, and now, even writing a book about the questionable practices has led to lawsuits claiming defamation of character and asking the end of publication of a book.

I highly recommend reading all of this George Will article- that begins like this:

It began with the proliferation of campus “speech codes” ostensibly designed to promote civility but frequently used to enforce political conformity. The new censorship accelerated with the McCain-Feingold legislation that licenses government regulation of the quantity, timing and content of speech in political campaigns.

Now the attack on First Amendment speech protections has taken an audacious new turn, illustrated by a case being pondered by a Texas judge. He is being asked to collaborate in the suppression of a book, and even of expressions of approval of the book.

via George F. Will – Bulldozing the First Amendment – washingtonpost.com.

The book is “Bulldozed: ‘Kelo,’ Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land.” by Carla Main, and deals primarily with what happened in 2000 in New London, Connecticut, where the city condemned middle-class homes so that a developer would come in and build something that paid more taxes. In 2005, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 that is was OK in Kelo v. City of New London.

If you believe in free markets, eminent domain is a very scary market force.

If you believe in free speech, you already know that there is a price associated with it. If this developer has his way against the author and publisher- we’re all in trouble.

And, I’m still wondering how much the corner of Wayne and Wyoming is really going to end up costing the taxpayers in Dayton- after the commission’s ill-planned attempt to venture where it shouldn’t have.

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