Today marks the third anniversary of one of the most outrageous decisions in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. In Kelo v. City of New London, five black-robed despots ruled that New London, Connecticut, could seize the homes of Suzette Kelo and her neighbors and hand them over to big developers. The decision was a triumph for collectivism, government tyranny, and the capacity of the rich and well-connected to trample the rights of middle-American families.
Siding with the majority and against the Constitutional rights of New London families were David Souter, appointed by George Bush XLI, and Anthony Kennedy, appointed (to my great dismay) by Ronald Reagan. (In)Justice Kennedy, who embodies perhaps the second-worst nomination of President Reagan’s political career, wrote the concurring opinion (for the identity of the first, please refer to the previous sentence).
Many Republicans are quick to raise the specter of a liberal-dominated Supreme Court as (their only) reason to support John McCain. Such a specter was raised as reason to elect XLI. But there is even less cause to believe that Senator McCain, the philosophical vacuum whose name headlines legislation eviscerating the First Amendment, would even know what a strict constructionist is, let alone nominate one to the bench.
Three years later, the Kelo decision still reeks with the stench of government greed and the refusal of Republican-appointed judges to curtail it.