When Democrats can flush no more facts down the clogged memory hole, DNC Chairman Howard Dean spreads Party agitprop like feces on the walls of reality. Town Hall highlights Dean’s latest obscenity, proclaiming the right-wing Supreme Court to be responsible for surrendering private property rights to the graft of political patronage. (HT.Balloon Juice via Hugh Hewitt )
"The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is," Dean said, not mentioning that until he nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court this week, Bush had not appointed anyone to the high court. "
"We think that eminent domain does not belong in the private sector. It is for public use only."
The undeniable fact of the matter is that ‘the swinger,’ O’Connor joined the three Constitutionalists (so-called Conservatives) - Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas – in the 5 to 4 decision, in the case of Kelo vs. New London. Writing in his dissent in fact, Justice Thomas makes the point,
The consequences of today’s decision are not difficult to predict, and promise to be harmful. So-called “urban renewal” programs provide some compensation for the properties they take, but no compensation is possible for the subjective value of these lands to the individuals displaced and the indignity inflicted by uprooting them from their homes. Allowing the government to take property solely for public purposes is bad enough, but extending the concept of public purpose to encompass any economically beneficial goal guarantees that these losses will fall disproportionately on poor communities. Those communities are not only systematically less likely to put their lands to the highest and best social use, but are also the least politically powerful. If ever there were justification for intrusive judicial review of constitutional provisions that protect “discrete and insular minorities,” United States v. Carolene Products Co., 304 U.S. 144, 152, n. 4 (1938), surely that principle would apply with great force to the powerless groups and individuals the Public Use Clause protects. The deferential standard this Court has adopted for the Public Use Clause is therefore deeply perverse. It encourages “those citizens with dis-proportionate influence and power in the political pro-cess, including large corporations and development firms” to victimize the weak.
But, the facts are conveniently lost on Howard Dean, being that he is either too stupid to know them, or too malevolent to rely on them. If the latter be the case, he trusts instead in his perception of the American people as too stupid themselves to know better. His is the essence of liberal pomposity and he is the chosen representative and spokesman of the Democrat Party.
Dean is right to fear the consequences of the majority opinion in that case - if genuinely he does. As I pointed out on this blog at the time,
The labyrinth of bureaucracy can conceal innumerable injustices. And there is very little recourse in the courts with the SCOTUS decision offering a shield of legal precedent. What is afterall the nature of "public use?" By the time you litigate that semantic conundrum, your home, farm, ranch, business will be demo'ed and regraded... or simply designated a 'Natural Area.' What is to keep Corporations from being established, whose specific purpose is confiscation for public use? Frankly, I'm not particularly concerned about Wal-Mart, Intel, or even Pfizer. Ultimately they must face the wraith of public opinion expressed on the market by the flow of capital. But, Confiscation, Inc. maintains its funtional viability by means of political patronage.
But the Democrats should also be quite concerned about the political ramifications of that decision and the anger it has ignited among the American people. Is it any wonder, then, that Dean would try to pervert the facts in this matter to fit the preferential perception prior to a key confirmation process for the next member of that very same court? When the truth is that it is the Left that is clearly subverting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, using the Courts as the tyrannical authority by which to usurp power, and the constructionist Justices of the Supreme Court to rewrite law according to the Left's social manifesto. And Dean knows it. Lying has simply become par for the current course among the Democrat leadership, despite their protestations and counter-accusations. Here is proof of fact. And in light of Howard Dean's overt attempt to misrepresent the facts in this matter, I defy anyone to challenge my ascertion.
What we see happpening here with Howard Dean is not new nor unique with the Left. It goes on daily. And the insult of Dean's lie is furthered in its offense by the failure of the mainstream media to challenge his grossly fallacious statements with fact. Nothing coming from the Left, therefore, should be assumed to be genuine unless and until obscenities like this agitprop eminating from the cavity of the Democrat National Committee are challenge and corrected from within. That goes the same for the Old Busted Media, lest they remain old and busted.
What is being Left stinks rotten, and Howard Dean and his fan club are at its core.