It is time to change the national anthem. The land is no longer free. Last week, in an appalling decision that will prove to be every bit as infamous as the Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade decisions, the Supreme Court eliminated the American right to property and in one fell swoop, converted the country into the legal equivalent of a Third World society.

This is not a minor matter, it is a calculated provocation, an insult to the American people and their rights which makes a mockery of them as well as the current administration and its obsession with external terrorists and exogenous threats to liberty. The White House is chasing phantoms of democracy in the Middle East, pretending to bring freedom there even as the most basic freedoms are being methodically destroyed within America itself.

No 9-11 attack, no suitcase nuke exploding in Manhattan or Los Angeles, could injure the nation one-tenth as much as the Supreme Court harmed America in its totalitarian Kelo decision, wherein a majority of the ironically named “justices” declared that a government may forcibly take property from one party and give it to another party, at its sole discretion.

This is a major expansion of the eminent domain concept, and I can confidently predict that the redefinition of the constitutional term “public use” will soon be as stretched beyond recognition as the now-meaningless phrase “interstate commerce,” the Orwellian term that now covers things that do not cross state lines (and thus are not interstate) and have not been sold or exchanged for other goods (and thus are not commerce).

The poisonous and contorted logic used by the judicial fascists is childlike, only no parent with detectable brainwave activity would accept it from his child. Consider the paper-thin veil of words with which Stephen Breyer attempted to cover his tortured reasoning:

… there is no taking for private use that you could imagine in reality that wouldn’t also have a public benefit of some kind, whether it’s increasing jobs or increasing taxes, etc. That’s a fact of the world. And so given that fact of the world, that is law, why shouldn’t the law say, OK, virtually every taking is all right, as long as there is some public benefit which there always is …

So therefore, public is private, black is white, war is peace and Kelo is constitutional. Q.E.D.

Clearly, Joe McCarthy didn’t know the half of it. Seizing property from one party and giving it to another is a hallmark of communism (as well as other left-wing variants on socialism such as Maoism, Nazism and fascism); the fact that the Supreme Court did not follow its decision by bursting into song with a lusty chorus of “The International” should not cause anyone to miss the significance of this latest step toward the United Socialist States of America.

Although perhaps the court’s actions would be better viewed as a great leap backward. For the Left has always been a fraud, and certainly Kelo serves to shine a bright light on the myth that the liberals on the court actually give a damn about the little guy and the less-fortunate.

Merely substitute a few terms in describing the system and it becomes clear that the Supreme Court has established a neofeudal oligarchy, where all land is held in the name of the federal government-king, governed by his local government-nobles and worked by taxpayer-serfs. Should one serf fail to produce a satisfactory harvest of crops-tax revenues, the noble can take the land from one serf and give it to another who promises to produce a more abundant harvest.

61 years ago, F.A. von Hayek warned of “The Road to Serfdom.” We have reached our destination and it is time now for Americans to decide if we are still the Sons of Liberty or if we are merely modern-day serfs. Some will argue that we have no choice but to submit to the judicial tyranny of our five would-be masters – Sam Adams and Ebenezer McIntosh, among others, would never have agreed.


The first widely known acts of the Sons took place on Aug. 14, 1765, when an effigy of Andrew Oliver (who was to be commissioned Distributor of Stamps for Massachusetts) was found hanging in a tree on Newbury Street, along with a large boot with a devil climbing out of it. The boot was a play on the name of the Earl of Bute and the whole display was intended to establish an evil connection between Oliver and the Stamp Act.

The sheriffs were told to remove the display, but protested in fear of their lives, for a large crowd had formed at the scene. Before the evening, a mob burned Oliver’s property on Kilby Street, then moved on to his house. There they beheaded the effigy and stoned the house as its occupants looked out in horror. They then moved to nearby Fort Hill were they built a large fire and burned what was left of the effigy. Most of the crowd dissipated at that point, however McIntosh and crew, then under cover of darkness, ransacked Oliver’s abandoned home until midnight.

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