The founders were real big on that whole property thing. The Sons of Liberty, hotheads of the Revolution, used the slogan Liberty and Property. The First Continental Congress used the phrase life, liberty and property when defining the rights of man. That Uber-Icon, Jefferson, contemplated the phrase when writing the Declaration but the "pursuit of happiness" has more poetry to it.
It's in the Constitution twice. Two times in that short a legal document, hmmm. Look, there are plenty of arguements about the "greater good", "needs of the community", blah, blah, blah. I am a pretty bare bones kind of Constitionalist, shall I quote?
Amendment 14: "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law"
Amendment 5: "nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
Twice, so you'd think that they wouldn't have reached this asinine decision. Proof once again that we need more judges like Justice Thomas.
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