Monday is the third anniversary of a the Kelo Supreme Court decision that , which weakened our property rights and made it constitutional for local governments to take one’s private property and give it to another private entity.
Property rights are the cornerstone of all the rest of our liberties. If government can take our property from us for the economic benefit of others, the rest of our rights are meaningless. For instance, what good is my free speech if government can deprive me of my chosen shelter or my place of business?
The press, which is extremely sensitive to its constitutional rights, has accepted the Kelo decision with shortsighted complacency. Why?
Unfortunately, as good as it may sound to open up more oil-producing areas, anyone with any sense could tell you that the price of gas isn’t going down.
The only result will be bigger profits for the oil corporations and futures marketers who already own all the marbles in this game.
These robber barons have overused and abused the so called “free market” system, and have managed to dismiss or vilify anyone who speaks out against them.
The last time I walked the beaches of Texas I had to scrub oil off my legs and feet. This, and so many other reasons, argue for keeping a ban on off-shore drilling.
But since I don’t have the money or resources to sway the powers that be, I can only voice my opinions and vote my belief that if we’re ever to see an end to this lunacy, we’ll all have to do it from the ground up.