The musings of one Andrew Langer - defender of liberty, passionate protector of individual rights, foodie. (Note: Said Musings of Andrew Langer are his own, and the views represented herein are likewise his views, and not the views of any other people, entities, foodstuffs, etc [unless otherwise specifically and explicitly noted].)

Monday, July 25, 2005

More on the Lost Liberty Hotel Project...

From Today's Washington Post...

For Souter, Seizure Ruling May Hit Home
By Beverley WangAssociated PressMonday, July 25, 2005; A04
WEARE, N.H., July 24 -- Near the foot of an unmarked, dead-end dirt road sits a humble, mud-colored farmhouse more than 200 years old. A sign on the mailbox reads "SOUTER."
Some folks want to make that "Hotel Souter."

People from across the country are joining a campaign to seize Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter's farmhouse to build a luxury hotel, according to the man who suggested it after Souter joined the majority that sided with New London, Conn., in a decision favoring government seizure of private property.

"We would act just as these cities have been acting in seizing properties. We would give Souter the same sort of deal," said Logan Darrow Clements of Los Angeles. A rival proposal from townspeople would turn Souter's land into a park commemorating the Constitution.
Souter has declined to comment on the matter, but he has defenders, such as Betty Straw, his sixth-grade teacher. "I think it's absolutely ridiculous," she said. "They're just doing it for spite."
Souter, 65, has lived for decades in his family's home on eight acres about 15 miles from Concord. The house is one of few remnants of the original East Weare village, which was seized 45 years ago to make way for a dam.

Clements, 36, said his mission is rooted in his passion for a philosophy of free-will capitalism: "We should have a voluntary society where people interact with each other through trade, not through the initiation of force."

In a state where people fiercely protect their right to local control over land and government, many said the hotel gambit is Souter's just deserts.

Robin Ilsley, who makes syrup on a family farm about two miles from Souter's place, said the justice brought the controversy on himself. "It was a pretty stupid ruling," she said.

Her mother watched Souter grow up but is unsympathetic. "I like David very much, but I don't like his ideas," said Winnie Ilsley, 77, who runs a doll museum at her farm. "I just don't think it's fair," she said of the court's "takings" decision.

A recent University of New Hampshire poll found that 93 percent of state residents agree with her.
© 2005 The Washington Post Company
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Of course, this was reported by the Liberty Blog nearly a month ago, but still. The Supreme Court decision was a catalyst - there's no doubt about it. I've been saying for two years that the eminent domain abuse issue was a singular one for the property rights movement, and that prediction is coming true. Everyone gets why this is wrong - it produces a visceral reaction in people (though I have a hard time taking some people seriously when they pontificate on this issue and have been foursquare against property rights for years, and have just written about how much they admire those who waged brutal war on private property).

But Kelo has been a watershed event - and the important thing now to do is seize on it and push the issue to it's fullest.


Anonymous Kira Zalan said...

So much for poetic justice. Justice Souter’s influence in his community shielded him from his own ruling. No other rational justification can be found.

Thankfully, the legislative branch is now busy at work attempting to shield private property rights from the Supreme Court ruling. It seems that the two may have switched roles, with the House defending the Constitution, and the Supreme Court writing new laws.

I thought I saw Alice the other day! Or maybe it was Justice Souter –skipping in Wonderland, immune to and above the laws he passes.

July 26, 2005 8:22 AM

Blogger Andrew Langer said...

Kira -

Thanks for the update on the Lost Liberty Hotel project. I'm going to try and write something more extensive about it here, too.

UC Santa Cruz, eh? I was seriously considering going there (I had family right across the bay in Monterey and love that part of the world).

Spacebo bolshoya!

July 26, 2005 10:19 AM

Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

I was so wishing this project would have gone all the way. What a great statement that would have made.

July 26, 2005 11:48 PM


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