Well, here's the whole amendment: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
It clearly states that property cannot be taken without due process of law - meaning a trial.
Now, I read through the powers of Congress just now, it's article 1, section 8, and nowhere in there is Congress authorized co confiscate property by vote. The 10th Amendment says that if Congress isn't authorized to do something, that power does not exist for Congress, period. Such powers are retained by the state or the people themselves.
So, again, I ask how you come to the conclusion that a vote in Congress can take your property away?
The due process part is clearly separate from the "nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." It doesn't require due process, only "just compensation." A vote in congress can, and always has, been able to take your property away since the inception of the constitution.
I don't even understand what you're trying to argue here. Eminent domain has been used for well over 200 years, since before the founding of the United States in fact. Are you stating that the founding fathers were wrong or that they made an error in the syntax and thus that part is invalidated?
I didn't write the constitution. I would guess that by giving someone just compensation you are not depriving them of property. Depriving someone of something usually refers to preventing them from having it, whereas "taking" is pretty self explanatory.
That's nonsense. taking property is taking property. Whether you give them money in return is based on why it was taken. If it was taken to compensate victims of a criminal, it had better be done by a court of law. If you take someone's property by legal means, for public purpose, then they MUST be paid for it.
None of these have anything to do with votes in Congress.
Article 1 - The Legislative Branch Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
This is why I asked my question and there's your answer if you are talking about money
I already have. Its an irrefutable fact that the founding fathers intended for government to be able to exercise eminent domain, addressed it in the constitution, and used it since the beginning of the US. Do you think the "just compensation" clause was included just for fun?
I didn't say anything about taxes. However, the PURPOSE for which Congress can raise taxes... are enumerated in the constitution, it's not allowed to tax for any other purposes than those given it. Further, taxes are not levied "upon groups of people", they are simply levied.
There was a place where wetwistthesetruths palmed a card.
In the constitutional discussion of the phrase "without due process" he claims it means without a trial. If the founders had meant without a trial, they would have said, "without a trial". DUH!
Allow me to guess what this post is about. Twisting is in sneaky defense of an oppressed group who is unjustly, unfairly, and unconstitutionally deprived of property without a trial.
My guess is that the oppressed group is the very rich, who not only pay more taxes, but pay at a higher RATE than say, a single mother working a fast food job. Those poor, rich people are being discriminated against.
Which brings us to a central question. Should the rich pay more? Let's turn to the man who penned the phrase, "We hold these truths...". I quote Thomas Jefferson.
"These revenues will be levied entirely on the rich, the business of household manufacture being now so established that the farmer and laborer clothe themselves entirely. The rich alone use imported articles, and on these alone the whole taxes of the General Government are levied. The poor man, who uses nothing but what is made in his own farm or family, or within his own country, pays not a farthing of tax to the General Government, but on his salt; and should we go into that manufacture also, as is probable, he will pay nothing. Our revenues liberated by the discharge of the public debt, and its surplus applied to canals, roads, schools, the farmer will see his government supported, his children educated, and the face of his country made a paradise by the contributions of the rich alone, without his being called on to spend a cent from his earnings. * —To General Kosciusko. Washington ed. v, 586.
More people should read Jefferson. You have to read in context, but it becomes clear that Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and the political philosophers of the time had NOTHING in common with the Randian philosophy that they want to dress up in Colonial costume and present as the original intent of the founders.
Too bad you have no idea what was going on. This is why the federal goverment was funded SOLELY by tarriffs, not by income taxes, so that it could not tax directly the people of the country. Jefferson believed that taxing imports was the only equitable way to fund the government, and that, was because it never taxed any domestic product or transaction.
I didn't offer my opinion about Thomas Jefferson. I quoted the man himself. Even a Teabagger can see that TJ intended to fund,"canals, schools & roads" with federal money taken entirely from one class - the rich.
The first Federal Health Care Law (with a mandate) was passed in 1798 and signed into law by John Adams. The law covered merchant (not military) sailors and required withholding by the shipowners to be given to the federal government who set up government-run clinics and hospitals.
The law was called "An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen". Google it. (I don't make any of this up.)
John Adams and his party signed into a law a bill that made it illegal to criticize his party. That was CLEARLY unconstitutional, but according to you and your "precedent makes everything ok" logic, you now are not allowed to make fun of Republicans.
This is why I care so much about actually reading the damned Constitution: because @$$wipes like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton will make it illegal for us to voice our opinions, but then say that "well TSCOTUS said it's ok"
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Read the constitution. that tells you EXACTLY what "they" wanted the government to be.
It's crystal clear - the 10th amendment makes the entire document readable.
My argument is that "THE FOUNDING FATHERS" wrote a document called "the Constitution of the United StateS of America", had the majority of stateS approve it, and then individual founding fathers went about corrupting it for their own personal gain.
This is entirely consistent with history, and entirely consistent with ALL of my previous posts.
Doug has yet to accept the fact that "precedence" doesn't overrule the Constitution, as every Liberal thinks it does.
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