Friday, June 24, 2005

The Danger of Apathy

Right now, there is a lot of outrage about Kelo and eminent domain abuse. But in a few days, most people will have moved on, and the press will be covering the next runaway bride. Meanwhile, more people will lose their homes so that we can have more Wal-Marts and condos. I love Wal-Marts and condos. I just don't like kicking people out of their homes to build them. And I hope you don't either.

Politicians don't mind kicking people out of their homes because it doesn't cost them many votes. If 10 homes are taken for a Wal-Mart, the politicians may lost 10 votes. But thousands of people will shop at the Wal-Mart, and many of them will be glad for the development. So politicians figure they can't really lose.

We need to make them lose. It's not enough that the 10 people kicked out of their homes are outraged. We all need to be outraged. We need to go to public meetings, write letters to our papers, and boycott the companies that profit from eminent domain abuse. We need to vote people out of the office. We need to get our states to restrict eminent domain abuse. And if this doesn't work, we need to amend the Constitution.

Please keep this issue alive, even if another bride decides to run away.