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Kelo Fallout: Attackers Point to History As A Lesson

You didn't think it would end here. Is the Supreme Court the final word? Will it take a constitutional amendment, as Nancy Pelosi has claimed?

Weeeelllll, yes and no. To change the actual Kelo v. New London decision, yes. To prevent it from happening again, no.

Believe it or not, we actually do have three branches of government, and one that is trying to blunt the SCOTUS takings decision. While Congress can't directly overrule the Supreme Court, it can pass laws to change Kelo. Indeed, here's the first shot at it - Congressman Phil Gringrey's bill was passed by the House last Thursday in an attempt to bypass the Kelo decision. It goes to the Senate next.

Some attackers point to the lesson from 1781 when Benedict Arnold burned down much of New London. Arnold attacked his former neighbors and killed 150 colonial militiamen at Fort Griswold, not far from Mrs. Suzette Kelo's home near Fort Trumbull.

They find some sympathy in the Court itself. In his dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas said, "Something has gone seriously awry with this Court's interpretation of the Constitution." There are those who want change the decision, and they're asking others to join in.

There are others who don't think the sky is falling.

Who's right?

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