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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

My Soon To Be Favorite Hotel

Randy Barnett blogs that someone upset about SCOTUS's decision in Kelo has proposed to use eminent domain to build a hotel called the Lost Liberty Hotel on Justice Souter's house. Read the press release here and the faxed memo to the town's board here.

The hotel plans to include a museum featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. In lieu of the complimentary Gideon's Bible each guest will receive Atlas Shrugged.

This is by far the most creative protest to Kelo yet. I would add only two additional features to the proposed plan. First, the hotel should be modeled after Independance Hall (see picture to the right). Second, every person should also receive a free copy of the U.S. Constitution (even though in the future it will just represent marks and have no meaning in a Legal sense).

UPDATE: After listening to a bunch of commentators debate whether such a project was appropriate or just retaliation I've changed my mind..... the hotel should be modeled after Kelo's own home. But in all seriousness, the appropriate channel was that taken by Senator Cornyn when he introduced the The Protection of Homes, Small Businesses, and Private Property Act of 2005. The PHSBPPA can only constitutionally govern municipal takings that use federal funds under the Spending Clause, but this sends a strong statement to SCOTUS. I wonder if we are going to see another City of Bourne case, where SCOTUS overturns an act of Congress that sought to overturn SCOTUS's interpretation of the Constitution?


Blogger Helvidius said...

Why are they picking on Souter?

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Blogger Son of Liberty said...

The real question is who is David Souter?

3:58 PM  
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