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Fearless Philosophy For Free Minds: Letter to Congressman Shadegg

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Letter to Congressman Shadegg

Dear Congressman Shadegg,

As you are aware, the United States Supreme Court ruled against private property rights in the Kelo vs. New London case. This ruling is very troubling to myself as well as many other Americans. The right to own property is the cornerstone of this great Republic. In one 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court has all but taken this fundamental right away. In my opinion, the only way to reverse this trend is to amend the Constitution. This is the amendment which I propose:

Section 1: Eminent domain shall not be construed to allow any government within the United States to take property from one private citizen, corporation, or organization to be given or sold to any other citizen, corporation, or organization for any reason. The Federal government shall only invoke eminent domain in order to carry out the necessary functions of government as enumerated in this Constitution.

Section 2: ‘Just compensation’ shall be defined as no less than double the fair market value of the property being taken for local, State, and Federal governments to carry out their legally prescribed functions.

Section 3: No government within the jurisdiction of the United States shall invoke eminent domain with the purpose of generating additional revenue.

Congressman, I have every reason to believe that you will lead the charge to amend the Constitution of the United States to reaffirm private property rights for all Americans. As your constituent, I am aware of your ‘Enumerated Powers’ and ‘Health Care Choice’ proposals (both of which I fully support). I am also aware that you received the highest grade in the last term of the U.S. House from Citizens Against Government Waste honoring you as a ‘Taxpayer Hero.’
I am confident that if you are willing to take up the cause of property owners, you will receive overwhelming support throughout the state and the country. I would be most proud to see this leadership come from my representative from my home state of Arizona. Congressman, this is your opportunity to carry on the tradition of Barry Goldwater, Mat Sammon and other Arizonans who dared to buck the trends of Washington D.C. The time to begin this revolution is now.

Stephen Littau


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