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    Monday, June 27, 2005

    Doublethink and Oldthink, Kelo v. New London a symptom of what is wrong with the Supreme Court and the Federal government

    I was thinking about the Kelo ruling again. I'd really better stop or I'll give myself a stroke. But this ruling is just another example of a Doublethink slogan that is the mantra of the court. Clear is unclear, and unclear is clear. Confused? Let me explain. Based on recent court rulings, the Supreme Court is absolutely sure that the Constitution allows the Federal government to keep you from growing marijuana in your back yard for any purpose -- somehow they think it falls under interstate commerce whether or not it enters into commerce. They are also positive that there is a right to a abortion in the Constitution. They also have no problem ruling on how individual states execute murderers even though there is no specific language in the Constitution empowering them to do so. The Constitution, however clearly states that government shall not interfere with the People's freedom of speech. It also clearly and distinctly says that the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It also says that private property may be taken for a public use. However, the Supreme Court is not sure that the Constitution says these things at all. Not long after the foundation of this country, Alexander Hamilton started suggesting that there were all sorts of implied powers in the Constitution. The Federal government has been expanding these 'implied powers' ever since. The Supreme Court has refused to declare any of these assumed powers unconstitutional, even though the Tenth Amendment clearly states that "[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." Here's a hint: the Social Security program is unconstitutional. Anyhow, this is doublethink. Clear is unclear and unclear is clear. This sort of thinking is killing the Constitution. Now the 5th Amendment is gone. Fortunately, our States can still protect us, if we make enough noise.

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    Now, I feel I must address something important. Some of the blogs that I link to actually endorse violence against government officials who come to take your property. I believe that it would be morally correct for you to do so. However, it will not accomplish anything. These are just people doing their jobs. They don't give the orders, and they have no idea that what they are doing counts as theft. Also, I don't believe we are past the point of no return yet. If you are mad enough to use force against lowly bureaucrats, put that energy into starting a grassroots campaign to restore our Republic. Run for office yourself, if you are that angry. Just don't forget about this outrage. Keep it fresh in yours and as many people's minds as possible. These tyrants are only kept in power by the short memories of the American voters. We can take back our liberties and we can do it peacefully, we all need to act though. Start demanding that governments stick to the Constitution and protect our liberties.

    That being said, those of you advocating force are in good company. My favorite dead American, Thomas Jefferson, said: "What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let [the People] take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure" (Letter From Thomas Jefferson to William Smith Paris, November 13, 1787).

    Those of you who think that the people who are making revolutionary grumblings are crazy extremists, I want you to imagine how you would feel if someone took your house without asking you. Imagine you lived in the perfect house and you wanted to live there for the rest of your life. How would you feel if the local City Managers decided that it would be better to have a limousine staging area for one of Trump's hotels there? You would feel wronged -- like someone was stealing from you. The natural response to this is the intense desire to fight back. That's why we know it's wrong to take things from people.

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    Elsewhere on the Blogosphere and the Internet:
    ---------"For this I Froze at Valley Forge?"
    ---------Supreme Court Fascism
    ---------Supreme Court Upholds Theft
    ---------Opinion/Commentary on Kelo vs. New London
    ---------The Rally!
    ---------My country, my country...
    ---------Kelo v. New London and the Living Constitution
    ---------Millions Of "Jurists" Cannot Be Wrong


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    --Samuel Adams

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