Hey guys, nice to see people are hitting up this board! Here's what I posted either last night or the night before on the pre law discussion board which so far has racked up about sixty something posts, http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,36344.0.html
This is my reaction to some of what I thought were superfluous and sometimes hateful arguments. Some were real good and got me to think. Swear I'll read that decision again in the next few days (wink) and hopefully write something more balanced and tethered to this discussion. In the meantime I'll flame it up (am I using that correctly ?) so some of you guys will put in your two cents!
--These arguments are fun and I do appreciate them having spent undergrad sloughing through Philosophy classes having to read Wittgenstein and translated Chinese religious texts I think we should bring it back to home.
1. 99& of us are not lawyers or aspiring law students
2. We grow up with an understanding that the Constitution protects our basic rights as citizens
3. We now no longer have the right to own land without fear of a zealous entrepreneur or corporation with money and political connections being able to obtain our land, period.
I don't know where the rest of you are from but here in the South where I live not a week goes by where you don't read or hear about collusion of the wealthy to do things most ordinary people disagree with or blatant corruption in the government (run a google search on the "Tennessee Waltz" scandal for fun). People have always found ways to #@!* people, always will. Dog and pony shows and abstract arguments aside, getting screwed in the ass is still getting screwed in the ass. As we no longer have direct constitutional protection of or basic rights to own land without a legitimate reason for the public good anyone with enough creativity, money, power, and patience can get what they want.
What do you guys think the long term implications of this are? What rights will we lose next but not really care about because the economy's making us not REALLY worry about our upcoming Stafford and private loans? I know what I sound like when I say this but I have to say it anyway, Picture a time when the economy is sh*t and the only piece of equity you have left is your house which can be taken by an individual or class of individuals who have both more political and monetary capital than you. Being as how no one can accurately predict the future, we should all think of what the REAL implications of this decision is, not now but in the future.