Monday, January 23, 2006

Make your plans to visit NH

Looks like come March 14th we'll know whether or not the Lost Liberty Hotel will be built on the site of Supreme Court Justice David Souter's home. That is the date when the people of his town will vote whether to seize his property using eminent domain thanks to Souter's vote in the Kelo case last year. If this does happen, it will be interesting to see how many 2008 candidates will be hosting events and staying at it.

18 Comments:

At 1/23/2006 01:49:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

I think that this is rather appropriate. Who better to taste this insult to liberty than the man who helped realize it? I would love to visit the Lost Liberty Hotel. I wonder if they'll be giving Justice Souter a room in which to live out his days?

 
At 1/23/2006 02:01:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Can I register to vote there? Just for a few days?

 
At 1/23/2006 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

I don't agree with Souter's eminent domain ruling, but this is a pretty stupid thing to do.

If local government's ever seized property without good reason, they would be voted out of office immediately. It's not as bad as blowhards like O'Reilly make it sound, although as I said, I do disagree with the ruling.

Strongarming judges is a slippery slope to start down. I don't think it's a good idea.

 
At 1/23/2006 02:11:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

But judges strong-arming the Constitution into their personal policy preferences is OK, willis?

It's about time that the ivory tower is breached with a little dose of reality. If a little old lady's home in New Haven is not safe against self-serving (i.e., higher tax revenue) government takings, then a little old Supreme Court justice's home should not be, either.

 
At 1/23/2006 03:11:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Its New London by the way, not New Haven. Folks in New London might be a little bitter if you lump them in with the other folks.

 
At 1/23/2006 03:36:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Young- you wouldn't mind strong-arming when Alito is confirmed and abortion law is changed, now would you?? Fact is, in our country, the supreme court has final authority over things. Nothing can be done about that.

 
At 1/23/2006 04:13:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Thank you, mr jms. Mea culpa.

Yea, willis, I don't like the strong-arming that occurs whenever I want to throttle ... anybody, either, but I guess I'll just have to live with it, just as you'll have to live with the "strong-arming" that would occur to prevent women from killing their own children in some states (many will allow abortion) on the off chance that Roe v. Wade is overturned.

And as Justice Holmes observed, "We're not final because we're right. We're right because we're final." Like others, I reserve the right to point out when the Supremes are wrong, and relish the opportunity to impose upon them the consequences of that which they have wrought.

 
At 1/23/2006 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Why Souter in particular, though??

 
At 1/23/2006 04:57:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Good question. Don't really know. 'Cept that Kelo was a case from New England; Souter is from New England. Might be as simple as opportunism, and lingering outrage over his "growth" on the Court.

 
At 1/23/2006 05:12:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

A lot depends on the nature of New Hampshire's eminent domain laws. The controversy in Kelo is that the "public purpose" asserted by New London had a very visible commercial component. Some state laws define public purposes or the exercise of eminent domain powers narrowly enough that this would not come up. I'm under the impression (although I haven't verified it) that Virginia law would not permit a repeat of Kelo here. Mr. Souter's house may be safe in New Hampshire

 
At 1/23/2006 05:28:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

nova scout might be right. I'm a litigator and a civil rights lawyer, not a property rights lawyer.

 
At 1/23/2006 06:01:00 PM, Anonymous Suedehead said...

Something in NH law allows a successful petition drive to place the condemnation issue on the ballot, which I believe has occurred. It will probably lose, but maybe it will frighten Souter into retiring. Then the world is OURS!

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

 
At 1/23/2006 10:21:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Suedehead, I like the way you think (or at least write.) Your name wouldn't be from a Morrissey song, would it?

To quote The Smiths, "A push and a rush and the land is ours."

 
At 1/24/2006 07:52:00 AM, Anonymous Suedehead said...

Ha! I honestly thought a Moz-inspired pseudonym would be undetected on a conservative blog.

 
At 1/24/2006 10:03:00 AM, Blogger neocon22 said...

willis: you would take bad what you say ("It's not as bad as blowhards like O'Reilly make it sound") if it were your home being seized.

The U.S. is an ownership society and that ownership is the cornerstone to the economic success of the U.S. When someone works years to save money to own property, only to have it stolen is the living epitomy of injustice.

 
At 1/24/2006 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Life isn't fair, neocon, and I don't expect it to be.

Justice is a lie perpetuated by the government.

 
At 1/24/2006 05:17:00 PM, Blogger Involved said...

Willis,

Wouldn't it make sense to take his home then? As you said, "Life isn't fair".

Eminent Domain laws were changed by the court for cases just like this. Souter has a house that can be turned into a hotel in order to reap more tax money for the city he lives in. In fact, I have never been to that area before, but I'd consider staying at that hotel and going to their local eating establishments.

Souter might not think this is fair, but isn't fulfilling the exact purpose of his ruling?

 
At 1/24/2006 09:09:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

I know...let's have Riley, in TC's absence, contact the town council and request an opening date so that we can have a blog get-together, including regulars, up there. Such advance reservations should most certainly provide some incentive. Count me in!

 

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