Kelo, Nancy Pelosi, and Betsy
The excellent Betsy Newmark posts about Nancy Pelosi’s ignorance. To Nancy, who’s a member the Democrat Party leadership, the SCOTUS decisions are “almost as if God has spoken”. Betsy comments,
So, she feels that once the Supreme Court (or God?) has spoken it is now appropriate for everyone just to salute and accept it. If someone had proposed a federal law banning segregation in federal facilities after Plessy v. Ferguson, would Pelosi have thought that that was a wrong move and a violation of the Supreme Court’s (or God’s?) endorsement of separate but equal? Or would she just have recommended genuflecting before the collective wisdom of the 1896 Court?
And the poor boo seems a bit confusesd between the difference between church and state and that between the legislative and judicial branches. I wonder which branch she regards as as “church.” She twice conflates the two types of separation. Once is a mispeak, twice is a Freudian slip. I guess it’s because so many liberals have become dependent on the Court to “legislate” issues for them.
Also via Betsy, NRO’s The Corner has a photograph of the Kelo house in New Providence.
Ms Kelo is certainly not slumming it. The house is a modest, beautiful home, certainly not an example of “urban blight”.
Not quite related to Kelo, but compare the existing Kelo house with the affordable housing units that have been built in Newark and Jersey City to replace the awful public housing high-rise slums built in the 1960s. Back in the 1960s urban planning thought that evicting people from their modest homes to put up high-rise public housing was a good idea because it was for the “public good”. Now the SCOTUS thinks evicting people from their modest homes for the “public purpose” is a good idea, too.
Note to Nancy: The SCOTUS ain’t God.