Way to go, Manassas City Council. If you want to wage a war against property rights, don’t forget that three of your members are going to face the voters in the May, 2012 municipal elections.
The City of Manassas is joining other localities to wage a campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment in the Virginia legislature that will affect everything from whether state roads are built to the city’s ability to shut down streets for its Christmas parade, according to officials and lobbyists.
The issue at hand is a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect citizens from having state and local government seize property, even if that seizure is temporary, without paying just compensation and only in those narrow cases where the reason for doing so is clearly in the public interest. Ever since the Kilo decision, government has had free reign to take property for such ridiculous reasons as to supposedly increase the tax base.
This brings to mind this little snippet of American history, one that apparently is lost on the Manassas City Council:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
So Manassas taxpayers are going to shell out $1,500 a month so a lobbyist can badger our elected officials to trample our constitutional rights, precisely the opposite purpose for government existence as laid out in the Declaration of Independence.
How utterly insane.
H/T: Bearing Drift
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