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Friday, June 23, 2006


Bush's Order Against Taking Private Property

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Bush has issued an Executive Order Protecting the Property Rights of the American People.

It is a good leadership position to take, of course, and it should be applauded for that fact. But, it should also be remembered that the problem has not been that the Feds are going around taking people's homes to build shopping malls, but that the states are doing so.

Unfortunately, this order will have no direct or binding effect on those out-of-control states from stealing people's property.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.

I agree with your sentiment, Mr. Bush. Unfortunately, too many states do not.

The dollar signs are in their eyes and no executive order will stop them.

This is the kind of thing that the Founders would have armed themselves over. In the 1770's to the 1790's, any government official who dared approach a citizen's home with the thought of stealing that property without cause would have found himself tarred, feathered and run out of town.

I say, warm up the tar and pluck some chickens.
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