Check out this article about a group of citizens that is trying to get Justice David Souter evicted from his New Hampshire home in the name of economic development. The group would like local government to use eminent domain to seize his property so that it can be turned into an inn called the Lost Liberty Hotel.
It’s not that I don’t find these tactics entertaining and good for a long chuckle, but I just don’t think that two wrongs will make a right. I’m not sure that turning Justice Souter’s home into a bed and breakfast will do anything to accomplish the abolition of eminent domain abuse on the part of local governments. In fact, such action may serve to further cement the path of eminent domain abuse that local governments have been more and more willing to travel down.
Perhaps this group’s efforts would be better spent getting their government representatives to actually limit the power of eminent domain. After all, when the Supreme Court ruled in Oregon v. Mitchell to the dissatisfaction of many citizens the 26th Amendment was ratified to bring the legal voting age to 18 years. Perhaps a constitutional amendment needs to be ratified to deal with the surge of eminent domain abuse as a result of the Kelo ruling.