- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Your home is a developer’s castle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision last week.

Your business, too. Your identity. Your life. Your essence.

Susette Kelo, along with 14 other homeowners of New London, Conn., brought the case before the highest court in the land with the conviction that she had the Fifth Amendment on her side.

Five of the justices, entrusted with enforcing the Constitution, shot down her property rights in a burst of liberal gobbledygook that Lenin and Stalin would have embraced.

Your government, as always, knows what is best, red and blue precincts alike, and if New London politicians see the financial merit of placing a hotel, offices and a health club on your home of more than 70 years, then tough. Get out. Move. You are a nobody.

You do not count. Roll over and die. Let the developers become more wealthy at your expense and let the politicians increase the donations to their re-election campaigns.

The reverberations of that decision are destined to be felt across the land, the District included.

The nobodies at Skyland Shopping Center in Southeast, some of them from countries that think nothing of property rights, could only rue the decision that left them fighting an uphill legal challenge. They thought America was different. Now they know otherwise.

Therman Baker, chief operating officer and general counsel of the National Capital Revitalization Corp. (NCRC), talked of the court decision sending a “message” to the property owners and merchants of Skyland, which was easy for him to say.

It is not his livelihood at stake. He is not even an elected official. The cardboard ninnies with the NCRC can do whatever they like, and the 13-member D.C. Council is obligated to rubber-stamp this runaway entity.

But Mr. Baker and all the rest of the gutless wonders who live and breathe in this city should know that what goes around comes around, and perhaps one day someone with deep pockets will take a liking to the property on which one of their homes sits.

We only can hope, just as something called Freestar Media LLC announced this week that it has initiated the process of securing the home of Justice David H. Souter in Weare, N.H., through eminent domain. The intent is to build a hotel on Justice Souter’s plot of land, which no doubt would increase the tax base of Weare.

Let’s hope the group is serious.

It now appears as if any self-serving political nitwit, working in conjunction with a well-heeled developer, can swoop in and take your home if Ritz-Carlton is ready to build on the land. The government merely has to show the plan is economically advantageous, if that.

The NCRC has been endeavoring the past four years to push out the property owners and merchants of Skyland, although the NCRC has not secured a commitment from a big-box tenant yet.

The mayor also is seeking to drive out the homeowners, property owners and businesses from the proposed ballpark site on Half Street Southeast in order to enrich whichever ownership group is selected by Major League Baseball to run the Washington Nationals.

This is hardly the end of the social engineering. This is only the beginning of fleecing the poor to give to the rich.

Warning to the masses: Do not move into the city unless you plan to rent.

Memo to the moron with the sign that reads: “Bush Does not Speak for Me.” The blue leaders speak for you, don’t they? So hand over your property to the blue leaders, including your Che Guevara beret. You want a revolution? You can’t handle a revolution, you mealy-mouthed, upper-middle-class ball of jelly.

From the left-leaning rag on 15th Street Northwest came this convoluted opening: “It’s hard to take satisfaction in the Supreme Court’s decision … the result of which is quite unjust. Yet the court’s decision was correct.” Huh? What? Oh, sorry.

You have to attend years and years of schooling, then years and years of Georgetown cocktail parties, to come up with gooey mush like that.

You smug, arrogant, sniffling pieces of humanity. You make me sick, all of you.

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