Eminent Domain has been used throughout the nation to employ a technique
whereby the State can request the sacrifice of personal property in the
name of "the greater good." Generally there has been some semblance of
attempting to hide the collectivist nature of Eminent Domain by
properly compensating landowners for their loss. However, a small town in New Jersey
sets the stage for a new form of Eminent Domain where private land can
be seized -- in perpetuity -- with zero compensation. Under the guise
of environmentalism, the town of Kingwood is a prime example of a
Communist-style land grab which is at the heart of a global move toward
the restriction of personal property rights.
By diktat, Mayor Phillip Lubitz is spearheading the re-zoning of an area along Route 12 to preserve, "rural
character and existing scenic views and vistas within and along the
Route 12 Corridor." Sounds noble, except for the fact that there has
been no discussion of fair market compensation for land that will be
seized. And Lubitz hasn't stopped there; he has now proposed an
amendment to the Solar Ordinance which will issue a permanent deed
restriction on 50% of private land. This move not only violates the
restrictions on Eminent Domain found in the Fifth Amendment to the
Constitution, but it actually removes the economic potential of private
landowners permanently and without compensation. Furthermore, it
reduces the capacity of solar projects, which is a net negative on the
new proposal includes the classically Communist language: "to better
serve the public interest." However, such a wrongheaded approach, which
not only steals assets from residents, but also penalizes both
individual landowners as well as the economic potential of the community
in which they live flies in the face of logic, as well as American
values. As illustrated by Kingwood resident Adam Belle:
This would be like the governor signing a bill that would
allow the state to immediately seize control of 50 percent of your
assets like your checking and savings accounts, CDs, 401(k), IRA,
stocks, bonds, etc. thus leaving you forever with no ability to use or
profit from that portion of your investments. We would call that
stealing and no one would stand for it, yet this is exactly what Mayor
Lubitz is doing by signing this solar amendment...
the committee adopted this change dropping economic production by 50
percent or more, they knew that solar developers would simply have to
pull out, leaving Kingwood's residents high and dry. What is
mindboggling to me is that all of the sale or land lease profits along
with all tax revenues from embracing clean renewable energy will no
longer benefit anyone here in Kingwood, but rather it will immediately
benefit our surrounding townships instead.
A land grab such as this one seems to have only one true
goal, and it is the goal that is stated within the UN-directed
sustainable development control mechanism Agenda 21.
Adam Belle is quite correct to bluntly state that Kingwood township is
bringing Communism to their small community -- or, if one prefers:
Collectivism. Land ownership is the primary source of freedom and
wealth, while land theft
is a hallmark of totalitarian countries that employ the use of
"corridors" and "the greater public good" to seize private property and
direct development only as the State sees fit -- normally into the
coffers of government-connected corporate interests. Sub categories of
Agenda 21 include The Wildlands Project and its Orwellian-named counterpart, Smart Growth, both of which include an action plan to remove people and eliminate resource extraction from over 50% of America's landscape. It is a move that above all encourages high-density development . . . whether it's logical or not.
Kingwood will attempt to fight back and preserve its independence at a
Township Committee Meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, May 5. Their call to
action is succinctly stated:
We need to immediately repeal those parts of this amendment
that are unethical, unconstitutional, and just plain unfair before
it's too late and we, the residents of Kingwood, lose this window of
opportunity to benefit from clean renewable energy and having our taxes
lowered at the same time.
Some 600 local governments have signed on to Agenda 21-style initiatives. Hopefully Kingwood can follow in the footsteps of Maryland County in being among the first to resist this collectivist model of land and wealth redistribution.
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'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual
equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the
poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called
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Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us
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Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. read more here