Lots of righty bloggers are posting about this story regarding the potential seizure of Justice David Souter’s house under new eminent domain rules in which he concurred in the Kelo case.
The commercial project envisioned for Souter’s homesite – The “Lost Liberty Hotel” with “Just Desserts Cafe” – is a publicity stunt by Freestar Media owner and political nutcase D. (Logan Darrow) Clements who ran as an “Objectivist” for Governor of California in the 2003 California recall.
This guy is a loon:
I want to make government as small as possible so the economy can be as large as possible. For starters, I would reduce by 50 percent the government spending on education by making all the schools private, from K through Ph.D universities. I would make the government so that it is only dealing with proper functions to protect our rights, like state troopers, courts, prisons, police, plus minor administrative functions. Almost everything else would be eliminated.
In addition to his foray into politics, Clements also has a “Reality TV” program on “Freenation” TV called The Lexington League” that highlights David versus Goliath stories of citizens against government.
This “proposal” to seize Souter’s land stinks to high heaven of a publicity stunt put on by an egotistical political gadfly who must really be enjoying being linked by The Captain, Glenn Reynolds, Michelle Malkin, and several dozen others.
Forget the silliness, let’s stop and think about this for a moment, shall we? Do we really want to practice this kind of intimidation against judges, be they Justices of the Supreme Court or any lesser judge? If we can’t insulate judges from this kind of pressure, what faith will we have in the decisions handed down by judges who are looking over their shoulder to see if there’s any chance they will personally suffer for interpreting the law?
Fruitcakes like Clements abound in this country. The potential for mischief is great. Any hint of intimidation would color the decision of a judge and invalidate it in the eyes of the public. The very idea of it smacks of dictatorship, especially if the intimidation were to be carried out by the cronies of powerful men.
It disturbed me when Judge Greer’s life was threatened in the Schiavo case. Yes he had conflict of interests (Greer was on the board of the hospice where Mrs. Schiavo was placed) and yes there were other legal aspects of the case that troubled many who are much more familiar with the law than I am. But to threaten a man’s life? That kind of thing can never be countenanced in a democracy if our judiciary is to remain free. And this attempt at punitive action against Justice Souter that has so many on the right cheering is no different in its goal – to intimidate a judge to rule in their favor.
It may feel good to envision a “Just Desserts Cafe” on property owned by one of the architects of the execrable Kelo decision. But somehow, I don’t think Justice Souter feels very good about it.