Win This One for You and All of Your Progeny
The issue: A 43 foot Christian cross as part of a Korean War memorial, atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego, California, on private property. An activist has been trying for 17 years to have this cross removed, in part because some Christians hold sunrise services at the cross. Earlier this month, a federal judge gave San Diego 90 days to remove the cross or be fined $5000 a day for non-compliance.
Mucking up the issue:
1. A federal judge ordering action by the city of San Diego against private property.
2. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Ca) asking President Bush to exercise eminent domain to "seize the property" to protect the cross.
3. Not a one seeing the issue of the assault on the right to property and the use of the Kelo Decision of 25 June 2005 (by the Supreme Court) on behalf of government.
Both sides of the issue are wrong. Both are using governmental force to accomplish their ends, ends which violate fundamental, natural rights. Neither should win. Assault by the atheist is leftist irrationalism, but the left hate rights. Saving the cross by exercising eminent domain is a cure worse than the original disease, so to speak.
The winner should be whoever owns the private property having his or her rights protected, which includes the use and disposal of the cross. Other than the owner, the cross is no one else's business.
We have been railing since the Kelo Decision about the severe dangers we all face. Here is an example in "living color." It was Lenin who used the salami metaphor: You get what you want, i.e., the salami, a thin slice at a time, until it is gone. If you have children, and let Kelo and its daughter decisions stand, then your progeny will live in a country devoid of property rights. And, it is property rights which implement the other basic rights--to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.