David Souter is one of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices who decided that any local government can take your home if someone else offers to provide more tax revenue on the property. Justice Souter's home is at 34 Cilley Hill Road, Weare, New Hampshire. Now, in what is considered supreme irony by many, and delicious retribution by others, a developer has proposed taking Souter's home and building a hotel on the site.
Proposal: Replace Souter's home with 'Lost Liberty Hotel'
by Associated Press - June 29 2005 - Stamford Advocate
WEARE, N.H. -- Following a Supreme Court ruling last week that gave local governments power to seize private property, someone has suggested taking over Justice David Souter's New Hampshire farmhouse and turning it into a hotel.
"The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare," Logan Darrow Clements of California wrote in a letter faxed to town officials in Weare on Tuesday.
The following is in a press release from the developer
"The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."
Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.
Blogs, both conservative and liberal, have been delighted with the idea of the hotel. Many are proposing that they take up a collection on the Internet to fund the museum part of the development. With this ruling the supreme court has alienated everbody, liberal and conservative alike. With the ruling allowing any rich person to seize the property of the poor, the justices seem to think that everyone in America wants them to take over control of all government decisions that support tax increases. All it really proves is how out of touch with America this court is.
Souter is almost certainly going to need to move. I love it!