Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paul Attacks Trump for Supporting Use of Eminent Domain to Seize Private Property for Business

Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul's op-ed piece on Breitbart is a must read:  
I remember having a conversation with a local city official in Kentucky when the Kelo Supreme Court decision came down. Conservatives, myself included, were outraged that the Supreme Court had wrongly allowed using eminent domain to take private property from one private property owner and give it to another private owner.    
Conservatives in my community came together with a local resolution to prevent this from happening. I’ll never forget the response from the local official, who told me: “But you know me, I would never use eminent domain that way.” I responded: “The law isn’t
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
about you—it’s about when we get bad representatives and must have the law to restrain them.”
Where was Donald Trump during this debate? He was busy using eminent domain to take a little old lady’s home and flatten it for a parking lot to park limos at his casino.    
When asked about the justice of using this bully force against property owners, Trump replied that he had no problem with it and that he supported the Kelo decision. 
Of course Trump did—the Kelo decision allows more crony capitalism. It puts big business and big government more and more in bed together, with ordinary Americans left out.
I ran for office in 2010 after spending my life outside of both big business and politics. I ran as a member of the Tea Party who was sick and tired of it all. Of the politicians. Of the people who sought to buy the politicians. Of the entire Washington machine.
Donald Trump cannot fix our problems because he is an integral part of the problem. From using government to seize property to enrich himself, to hiring lobbyists to get what he wanted, Donald Trump has bought access to government at all levels and exploited that access for personal gain. 
Now he wants you to give him power. We should ask ourselves—why?
Donald Trump is a fake conservative. Don’t let him destroy the limited government movement with chicanery and bluster. Frankly, you are not a conservative if you support this abuse of eminent domain, or the crony capitalism it enables.
Add Trump’s support for Obamacare and a single-payer government-run healthcare to his support for higher taxes, and you have nothing that is really conservative at all. Will Trump now change his opinion on the Kelo decision? Perhaps, but do we really want the leader of the ostensibly conservative party to be a fraud?
I think we deserve the real thing. A real conservative reformer who ran for the same reasons you would—for real change, not for power.


Anonymous said...

I don't know if any other Republican can win.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 10:43, that's interesting. I see Trump as the Republican candidate least likely to beat the Democratic nominee. I know so many Republicans, including many anti-establishment conservatives who will never vote for Trump in a million years. Are there 17 GOP candidates in the race? I know I would prefer the other 16 over Trump. Trump has had liberal views on virtually every issue. I don't buy that he has suddenly changed stripes.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I think there are plenty of Republicans out there who can beat the Democratic nominee. I don't think Trump is one of them though.

Anonymous said...

None of the Republicans besides Trump can turn a swing state or bring voters to the polls.

Sure, Indiana Republicans may not like Trump, but Indiana Republicans are worthless and useless, often being just a shade off of Mao in their zeal for authoritarian government. There's just not that many of them. So many people have left the Republican Party that the party needs to look beyond its members in its marketing.

If any of the non-Trumps get the nomination, there won't be any passion or energy for the candidate; people will stay home, and the Democrats will win in a blowout.

If Trump runs third party, the election is over before it begins. The Republicans need to face the reality that they're stuck with Trump.

We need to stop hiring politicians to run the country.