CONCORD, N.H. — Angered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sided with a Connecticut city that wanted to seize homes for economic development, a group of activists is trying to get one of the justices who voted for the decision evicted from his own home.
The group, led by a California man, wants Justice David Souter’s home seized for the purpose of building an inn called “Lost Liberty Hotel.”
They submitted enough petition signatures — only 25 were needed — to bring the matter before voters in March. This weekend, they’re descending on Souter’s hometown, the central New Hampshire town of Weare, population 8,500, to rally for support.
“This is in the tradition of the Boston Tea Party and the Pine Tree Riot,” organizer Logan Darrow Clements said, referring to the riot that took place during the winter of 1771-1772, when colonists in Weare beat up officials appointed by King George III who fined them for logging white pines without approval.
“All we’re trying to do is put an end to eminent domain abuse,” Clements said, by having those who advocate or facilitate it “live under it, so they understand why it needs to end.”
I wouldn’t plan on making reservations at the hotel at this point. The Weare town council isn’t about to use the powers just handed them (and every other local politician in the nation) to do something which exposes the potential for abuse of those same powers. But still, if all this does is wake some Americans up to the stupidity of exapnding eminent domain powers to “economic development” projects it will be well worth it.
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