Ron Paul on Property Rights & Eminent Domain
Tue Jul 24, 2007 19:19
 

 
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Ron Paul on Property Rights & Eminent Domain

http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/property-rights-and-eminent-domain/

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says "We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.

Today, we face a new threat of widespread eminent domain actions as a result of powerful interests who want to build a NAFTA superhighway through the United States from Mexico to Canada.
We also face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation, governments deprive property owners of significant value and use of their properties — all without paying “just compensation.”
Property rights are the foundation of all rights in a free society. Without the right to own a printing press, for example, freedom of the press becomes meaningless. The next president must get federal agencies out of these schemes to deny property owners their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.
Today, we face a new threat of widespread eminent domain actions as a result of powerful interests who want to build a NAFTA superhighway through the United States from Mexico to Canada.
We also face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation, governments deprive property owners of significant value and use of their properties — all without paying “just compensation.”
Property rights are the foundation of all rights in a free society. Without the right to own a printing press, for example, freedom of the press becomes meaningless. The next president must get federal agencies out of these schemes to deny property owners their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property."

I hope Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination. If not, I hope he will seek the Libertarian Party nomination.

When the Town of North Hempstead was using eminent domain to stomp on Rev. Fred Jenkins and St. Luke's Pentecostal Church in the hamlet of New Cassel next to Westbury, New York, the Nassau and New York Libertarians spoke out in their defense under my leadership. Ron Paul heard our voice and acted. He introduced legislation to bar the use of federal funds to seize houses of worship. His legislation was reintroduced as an amendment which passed the US House of Representatives on a voice vote. However, the housing bill it was attached to failed in the Senate.

A few years later, the groundbreaking was begun for the urban renewal scheme which took the church's land and demolished its building and that of other victims. There to take credit were US Senator and now presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, and Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, together with other Democrat cronies.

The New Cassel urban renewal scheme handed over the property of the church and others to developers who have seen fit to give Kaiman and the North Hempstead Democrats substantial contributions as reported by Newsday. Of course, there is no connection. The land will supposedly become a bank and a chain drugstore.

One of the properties was built in such a substandard way that the still uncompleted building is already sinking.

When it comes to eminent domain, we know where Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton stand. What about the others?


Richard Cooper, former Chair Libertarian Party of New York

Labels: eminent domain abuse, Hillary Clinton, Jon Kaiman, Libertarian Party, New Cassel, Richard Cooper, Ron Paul, St. Luke's Pentecostal Church, Thomas Suozzi



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