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Talk of Proposed Recall of Town Leaders Opposed To Seizure of Justice Souter's Home For Hotel
Special thanks from CYBN to our friends at WorldNetDaily for this news break.
THIS LAND WAS YOUR LAND
Souter-home campaign targets pols Justice's town leaders oppose effort to seize property
2005 WorldNetDaily.com

An advertising entrepreneur leading an effort to seize David Souter's home in
response to the high court's controversial eminent domain decision is
encouraging citizens to mount a campaign against leaders of the justice's New
Hampshire town.

Logan Darrow Clements said today on "Joseph Farah's WorldNetDaily RadioActive"
program that the five members of the board of selectmen of Weare, N.H.,
rejected his proposal to take Souter's property, prompting a call for their
removal from office.

Clements wrote to the board, explaining he needed to find out if they already
opposed the proposal so he would know whether it was worth the money and effort
to produce a formal presentation.

Selectman Joseph Fiala replied, saying in conclusion, "While I understand your
frustration with the offending decision of the Court, I hope you will
reconsider your position and take one I'm sure you are more comfortable with -
that is to defend the property rights of all citizens, whether we agree with
them or not. Peace, Joe Fiala, Weare Selectman"

But Clements contends Fiala doesn't understand that in taking that position, he
is giving Souter special rights.

The Los Angeles entrepreneur is encouraging people to write to the selectman
board members "and explain that giving Mr. Souter a special exemption from his
own ruling is not defending property rights, as they are trying to assert."

"Equal justice under the law means we all are treated equally," he said.

Clements said he's asking the residents of Weare to continue with a
ballot-initiative drive to circumvent the board and to investigate whether
local laws allow them to remove the entire board of selectmen from office.

"America now needs the assistance of the residents of Weare so that the torch of
liberty can enlighten one who has so soundly turned his back on all those who
died to keep it lit," Clements says on his website.

The town of Weare has been inundated with calls in support of the proposal since
WND first publicized the story of how Clements plans to turn eminent domain
against one of its champions.

Clements says he's received more than 5,000 e-mails and over 400 phone calls.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 two weeks ago that local towns and cities can
seize homes and private businesses through eminent domain and turn the
properties over to private developers for no other reason than the fact that it
would result in higher tax revenues for the municipality.

A few days after the ruling, Clements faxed a request to Chip Meany, the code
enforcement officer of Weare, seeking to start the application process to build
a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road, the present location of Souter's home.

Clements wants to build "The Lost Liberty Hotel" on the property as a kind of
museum commemorating the lost right to private property in America.

The Kelo v. City of New London decision allows the New London, Conn., government
to seize the homes and businesses of residents to facilitate the building of an
office complex that would provide economic benefits to the area and more tax
revenue to the city.

Though the practice of eminent domain is provided for in the Fifth Amendment of
the Constitution, the case is significant because the seizure is for private
development and not for "public use," such as a highway or bridge. The decision
has been roundly criticized by property-rights activists and limited-government
commentators.


 

 


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