Kelo as Opportunity: Reader's Viewpoint, 6/24/06

By Norman MacLeod, Port Townsend WA

Joseph Farah wrote, in World Net Daily

"...Congress has the power, should it ever have the courage to use it, to set aside a ruling like this and permanently enjoin the court from ever ruling in the future against the well-enshrined, inalienable, well-documented, constitutionally protected right to own and enjoy property."

Congress, on the whole, does not have much in the way of courage. Congress has to be pushed into doing things. The squeakiest wheel is the one that gets oiled.

The US Supreme Court has provided us with the opportunity with their 5-4 ruling in Kelo v the City of New London. If all the property rights and allied organizations and their members work together, we have enough power to push the issue and force legislation.

This ruling is in the public eye now. The time to strike is when the iron is hot. We all need to contact our Senators and Congressional Representatives and demand legislation specifically designed to uphold the property rights aspects of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

When writing to insist on this legislation, we need to quote extensively from the Founding Fathers on their ideas about the sanctity of property rights and their importance to protecting and maintaining the Republic. We need to build a library of those writings and become steeped in them, so that we can use the Founders' own words in pushing the issue. We need to get all of our otherwise uninvolved neighbors and family members involved in this effort, too, and we have to force the issue as quickly and intensively as possible, so that the majority who signed onto this travesty get a quick understanding that the nation's citizens are watching them, and watching them closely.

If we are worried about a runaway judiciary, let's look at this as a key opportunity: the gift that was needed, as it were. It's time to get Congress actively involved in the occasional process of restoring full balance to the power of each of the three branches of our government.

We need to get this going now, so that legislation can be passed into law prior to the 2006 elections. If the Supreme Court is going to provide us with this grand a gift, we can't let the challenge go unanswered.

Let's see whether or not the nation's citizenry still have the power we were given in our Constitution. I think we do, but only if we make full use of it now. If we don't, we might not still have that power tomorrow.

Norman MacLeod: gaelwolf@waypt.com