There’s no doubt about it. Donald Trump has moved the dialogue immensely and forced all the other candidates to talk about previously verboten subjects. Everyone is screaming for these topics to be discussed. But Trump may not be our guy. Successful yes, patriotic yes, charismatic yes. Our next president? I could obviously vote for him over any of the Democrats or even Jeb or Christy for that matter, but I just want to point out a few things.
I remember as a Realtor feeling the disgust at the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo v. City of New London where the court upheld the taking of private property (people’s homes) not for public use, but to give to a private developer. As a result of this terrible ruling (one of many by this un-elected body, accountable to no one) it makes it too easy for corporate interests (think Trump) and wealthy developers (think Trump) to take private property from those who do no want to lose their property no matter what the compensation. The sad thing about the Kelo case is that over ten years later the property was never developed and sits empty and over-grown with weeds.
But Trump agreed with the decision. In fact, he’s used the tactic himself in acquiring land for some of his real estate developments. According to The Patriot Post, in an interview on Fox with Bret Baier Trump said he loves eminent domain.
“I think eminent domain is wonderful. … I build a lot of buildings in Manhattan, and you’ll have 12 sites and you’ll get 11 and you’ll have the one holdout and you end up building around them and everything else, okay? So, I know it better than anybody.”
Eminent domain however — as outlined in the pesky Fifth Amendment — is bound by strict limitations. And as John Adams wrote,
“The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
I think I have to vote with John Adams on this one, and Donald Trump may need some more constitutional coaching before becoming the next president of the United States if you want someone who will take the oath of office and mean it.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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