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More Anti-Kelo Backlash:

This time in Missouri.

Anonymous Jim (mail):
Is it really fair to call it an "anti-Kelo Backlash" when this kind of action was contemplated by (almost encouraged by) the last paragraph of the Stevens' opinion?
9.7.2005 10:36am
Jeremy (mail):
Anonymous Jim,

Legislatures often supersede court rulings in situations like this. My experience is that it is often appropriate to call these reactions "backlashes."

If the lawmakers in Missouri thought that the Constitution says what Kelo says it says, they would have already passed this law before Kelo was even decided.

I've drafted anti-Kelo legislation for my city and county; others are working on similar legislation at the state level in my state and in all the other states. It's certainly a backlash against a terribly decided case.
9.7.2005 12:45pm
TomH (mail):
My heavens, I am surprised to learn (he said sarcastically) that State and municipal legislatures actually do have a power and obligation to their constituencies not entirely taken over by the Federal government.
9.7.2005 1:20pm
Anonymous Jim (mail):
I note that the story used the term "backlash" so perhaps I should not have questioned it. My point (not well articulated) was that much of the response is actually a positive reaction to Kelo.

For example, you note that you have drafted legislation for your city and county to address the issue. This means that before Kelo, your city/county could have taken action to take land like in Kelo. Now a public policy decision has been made that the city/county will not take land like this. This seems to me to be a good thing.

(Though I would think that unless it is written into something like a city/county charter, which cannot be changed by local legislation of the city/county council, it would be just as easy for your city/county to refrain from authorizing such takings.)

It may be the case that: "If the lawmakers in Missouri thought that the Constitution says what Kelo says it says, they would have already passed this law before Kelo was even decided." But not necessarily so. Clearly, the governmental officials of the suburb which was pursuing the project (or at least their lawyer) had an inkling that Kelo would come down as it did. As the Stevens opinion notes, some states have more stringent requirements for when land is to be used by private parties and therefore, there are other possible explanations as to why Missouri did not act until now. Missouri legislators could have thought such takings were perfectly acceptable, or that decisions on such matters should be made at a more local level or that their cities/counties would never dream of taking land in such fashion. Regardless, the fact is that the "terribly decided case" has led to a number of jurisidictions having very productive public policy discussions about what property rights mean. That, it seems to me, is a good thing. I wish more of the even best supreme court decisions would have such effect.
9.7.2005 1:26pm
Goober (mail):
Anonymous Jim has it exactly right. And whether it's typical or not to call such actions "backlash" isn't entirely dispositive or even responsive to the question whether it's accurate to call them such. We're talking about lawyers and reporters, after all.
9.7.2005 1:27pm
Anon.:
Hmmm. A "backlash"? This is Boxerian logic -- as in Barbara-the "dumber" to [You-fill-in-the-blank]'s "dumb"-Boxer (Moonbat-CA), who thinks that the Kelo decision established a policy that required federal funding and enforcement. Whew! Now we can all breathe easier -- state legislatures standing up to the tyranny of a Supreme Court that says that the 5th amendment doesn't prevent a state from taking private property for pretty much any purpose the state deems appropriate (which is the right answer, although produced by an incorrect constitutional interpretation).
9.7.2005 5:44pm
Jeremy (mail):
My point (not well articulated) was that much of the response is actually a positive reaction to Kelo.

Regardless, the fact is that the "terribly decided case" has led to a number of jurisidictions having very productive public policy discussions about what property rights mean. That, it seems to me, is a good thing.

The Founders decided the "policy discussion" for us when they drafted the Fifth Amendment. The notion that this legislative backlash is some sort of fringe benefit is ludicrous if you think Kelo was wrongly decided.

Anonymous Jim, would you rather your freedoms be protected by the plain language of the Constitution or by a state statute hurriedly passed in response to a SCOTUS ruling? The answer is obvious.

If you think Kelo was rightly decided, but you believe property should receive greater protections than those in the U.S. Constitution, then your argument makes a bit of sense. Otherwise, you're really smoking a lot of that law school "policy debate" garbage. :-)
9.7.2005 7:53pm
Steve:
Wow, some anonymous clown has a rather foolish belief that Barbara Boxer supports the Kelo decision.

Although the government has the right to appropriate private property for public use through eminent domain, the founders of our great nation provided protections against the abuse of this right. These protections are included in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which allows the government to seize private property only for public use and requires that the owner of the confiscated property be justly compensated.

In its Kelo decision, the Supreme Court found that the government may seize the private property of one owner and transfer that property to another private owner if this transfer would benefit the community through increased economic development.

I believe that the Court's finding violates the private property rights that the Founders fought so hard to protect. That is why I am a cosponsor of S.1313, the Protection of Homes, Small Businesses, and Private Property Act of 2005. This bipartisan bill would protect homes, small businesses, and other private property by limiting the power of eminent domain. Rest assured, I remain committed to protecting the property rights of all Americans.

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator
9.7.2005 9:29pm
Anonymous Jim (mail):
"If you think Kelo was rightly decided, but you believe property should receive greater protections than those in the U.S. Constitution, then your argument makes a bit of sense."

This is actually pretty close to where I am. I am not sure the decision was right/not sure the decision was wrong, but from what I remember about the cases leading up to it, it was not a shock that the case came out the way it did.

I agree that it is far better to have my rights protected by the "plain language" of the Constitution; unfortunately the language is not always as plain as it seems.
9.8.2005 1:00am
Anon.:
Oops, my bad, it wasn't Sen. Boxer; it was the other legislator from California with a perpetual case of the vapors, dim bulb Rep. Nancy Pelosi, whose post-Kelo comment treated that case as a mandate. Distinguishing between California's moonbat bookends usually is impossible, and even when there is a basis for distinction, it's not really important to bother with one -- certainly not important enough to dig through the Congressional Record for relevant Barbara Boxer quotes. Get a life, Steve.
9.8.2005 2:56pm
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