Donald Trump’s abuse of eminent domain are two things that go together like tofu turkey and soy bacon. They might look good on paper, but in reality they are stomach churning and an affront to human decency. However, Trump is fond of using the power of the state to get for him what he can’t get for himself.
The Washington Post gives a disgusting account of Donald Trump’s abuse of eminent domain. At times he has tried to seize land from a widow, numerous hard-working honest Americans and a first generation immigrant who compared his behavior to that of Soviet Russia. Rand Paul tells us that “real conservatives stand for private property”, which is entirely different from Trump trying to take what isn’t his using the full force of government.
Eminent domain is written into the U.S. Constitution; it allows government to take land at fair market value for certain public projects. Historically it is used for roads, right of ways, military installations and other arguably useful public projects. Not limo parking and casinos.
Trump’s greed knows no limit, and his willingness to lean on big government to take from private property owners for his own bloated projects should tell you all you need to know about the man and his morals. Rand Paul is the anti-Trump: Standing for small government, the rights of the individual, and the integrity of private property. Trump honors none of these things.
It is important to remember that as Trump pays lip service to the radical fringes of the GOP, and attracts low information voters by spewing pretty words and crazy ideas, that we understand the true nature of the man and the unamerican ideas festering inside his heart. Rand Paul repeatedly has stood for the little guy, and the basic ideals of America, while Trump revels in his twisted power grabs and egotistical shows of force.
Rand Paul opposes the taking of private property by government for private uses and has fought to prevent abuses of eminent domain such as the ones practiced by Trump from happening again. The GOP does not need a man who uses government to steal for him what he cannot buy honestly. It needs an honest man like Rand Paul. What say you? Has Donald Trump gone too far? Or is it okay to take the home of a widow for limousine parking if it benefits the economy? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman; Edited by Staff
(Photo courtesy of Fibonacci Blue, Flickr CC BY 2.0)
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