Thursday, January 17, 2008


Forget Race Bait '08... this is a far more interesting intra-party conundrum.

On the one hand we have the anti-immigration camp: people who want to build a giant fence to keep the Mexicans out.

And on the other hand we have the you'll-take-my-land-over-my-dead-body camp: people who are about to have their land confiscated to build the giant fence to keep the Mexicans out.

Which sentiment is more Republican?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

On June 23, 2006 President George W. Bush issued an executive order stating in Section I that the Federal Government must limit its use of taking private property for "public use" with "just compensation", which is also stated in the constitution, for the "purpose of benefiting the general public." He limits this use by stating that it may not be used "for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken

11:41 AM, January 18, 2008  
Blogger Logic101 said...

I was kind of playing with the sentiments as being Republican but land ownership is as fiercely American as baseball and apple pie. I remember being offended at a gut level regarding the decision in Kelo v New London. O'Conner's remorse for having (unintentionally) laid the foundation on an earlier case showed, I think, a disturbing naivete (abuse of power is pretty much guaranteed unless explicitly squashed by law).

Regarding the executive order, I recall that as being a whole lotta nothing. The Volokh Conspiracy was a great resource for all things Kelo... here is their take on Bush's order:

p.s. I am not a lawyer so I rely on reading bloggerly lawyers fighting amongst themselves to help me put stuff like this in context. Admittedly, much of it is over my head.

3:53 PM, January 18, 2008  

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