Trump and Eminent Domain.. Liberty Only Goes So Far

Posted by courage On April - 24 - 2011

Michelle Malkin:

Too many mega-developers like Trump have achieved success by using and abusing the government’s ability to commandeer private property for purported “public use.” Invoking the Fifth Amendment takings clause, real-estate moguls, parking-garage builders, mall developers, and sports-palace architects have colluded with elected officials to pull off legalized theft in the name of reducing “blight.” Under eminent domain, the definition of “public purpose” has been stretched like Silly Putty to cover everything from roads and bridges to high-end retail stores, baseball stadiums, and casinos.

While casting himself as America’s new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private-property rights. In the 1990s, he waged a notorious war on elderly homeowner Vera Coking, who owned a little home in Atlantic City that stood in the way of Trump’s manifest land development. The real-estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limousine parking lot — Coking’s private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Coking’s home, explained the confiscatory scheme:

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Gangster White House

Posted by courage On March - 7 - 2011

During an interview on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Tea Party Caucus leader Michele Bachmann (R-MN) refused to back down from previous (2009) comments characterizing the Obama administration as a “gangster government.” She may have even doubled down.

“I don’t take back my statement on gangster government,” she told host David Gregory. “I think that there have been actions that have been taken by this government that I think are corrupt, thoroughly corrupt.”

“I believe the actions of this government have been emblematic of ones that have not been based on true American values,” she added, before coming close to doubling down on her previous comments: “I think the president’s actions in the last two years speak for themselves.”

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Tyranny Takes Form: Agenda Over the Will of the People

Posted by courage On December - 29 - 2010

Have you noticed the most recent tyrannical moves from the Obama administration?   Forget the Constitution and governing, this administration is hell bent on pushing their agenda  through by any means necessary.

From Robert Allen Bonelli at Big Government:

Written into the Declaration of Independence is a simple imperative, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Our nation was built on this concept, but the Obama administration is using its power to write regulation to circumvent the will of the people and advance its own agenda.

Three recent examples of this over reach are shocking and all Americans should demand an end to the practice and a reversal of what has already been done.  Citizens need to think, whether they agree with the reasons for the circumvention or not, about what is at stake.  Using regulation to specifically subjugate the will of the people to the agenda of any president is nothing less than tyranny.

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Losing Our Autonomy: The TSA

Posted by courage On November - 28 - 2010

What will it take for Americans to finally stand up in mass and say NO?  Continually our freedoms are being eroded through a government which stretches its web of control tighter, squeezing the blood of liberty from the veins of the populace.

The government believes us to be sheeple and perhaps we are; blinded by their claims of false security, at the expense of   our individual autonomy.  The abdication of autonomy comes in small incremental steps, with statements made by individuals who fail to connect the dots to the larger picture of freedom.  With the Patriot Act common declarations were, “ I have nothing to worry about, I’m not a terrorist” or “anything they want to do to make us safe, is okay with me.”

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Video of Rockefeller:

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

AS Rockefeller blabs about his “hunger for quality news,” I, desire for elected officials who understand and adhere to the Constitution. For someone in Rockefeller’s position as a long standing Senator, to easily wave aside the First Amendment and opt for what… some state sponsored media to filter the ideas and viewpoints presented to the American people would pave the road to tyranny.

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Health Care

Posted by courage On March - 21 - 2010

The last week has been one of frustration, with numerous posts begun only to lay unfinished in my draft box.  The news brought daily insult from the Democrats; they believe the American people to be fools.  Continually reporters are told that once the people see the health care legislation, code for them passing it, we will then understand how it will magically transform our lives.

I have written letters and called elected officials in Washington urging they start the process over, void of the shake-downs, shenanigans and bribes, requesting they taking small steps instead of giant leaps, asking why the payment for doctors is not included in the bill when any reasonable person knows this expense should be included.  Each office refuses to talk specifics about the bill, a memo early in the week from the Speakers office handed out talking points, foremost do NOT talk about specifics… mission accomplished.   I received emails back talking about how wonderful the legislation is and how it will help the country, everything vague, filled with rainbows.

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Government Payroll Exceeds Good-Producing Workers

Posted by courage On January - 6 - 2010

How The Government Payroll Replaced Goods-Producing Jobs

Government jobs

This should serve as a wake-up to anyone still suffering the delusional idea that the country and the economy are headed in right direction.   The government as employer exerts coercion as a means of livelihood.    I heard a talking head over the weekend mention that the federal government is increasing its employee rolls by 10,000 people per month; that is 10,000 people monthly who now have vested interest in maintaining and propagating the expansion of their employer.   When the master of the people is the government, we have tyranny.

king+obamaIn the United States of America we have something called a government, we have a Constitution, we have a voting public, we have precedent, we have something called “responsibility” and we have elections. The Democrats seem to have forgotten all of this, or maybe they just refuse to recognize it, they have declared themselves KING.  The audacity is breathtaking, as they seek to takeover 1/6th of the United States economy.  The arrogance unbounded, as they ignore the American people. The corruption, culminated through bribery of elected  officials is obscene.

Democratic leaders are looking to forgo a formal, public conference to merge the House and Senate’s health care overhaul bills, giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House free rein to hammer out the final measure behind closed doors and thwart Republican efforts to stymie it.

The maneuver gives Democratic leaders the ability to quickly work through hundreds of differences between the 2,000-page bills and to keep control over the deals they will need to make on politically touchy topics such as abortion, taxes and Medicare cuts.

“A true conference could take longer than it seems leaders in the Senate want to spend on this,” said a Senate Democratic aide.

Democratic aides say the final decision hasn’t been made, but the party’s congressional leaders will talk with the president this week. Democrats are pursuing a final vote in both chambers on the president’s top agenda item in time for his first State of the Union address later this month.

Of course, lets hand the President another grand photo-op at a historic juncture in this countries history.  Historic only in regards to the unconstitutionality of this legislation.  No where in history has the federal government mandated individuals to purchase from a private company any item, nor is there precedence to impose financial penalty for failing to enter in to a private contract with a public company.  We have a government drunk on its imagined power, willfully neglecting their oath of office to defend the Constitution.  This is tyranny.