Liberalism, and Tennessee...
I thought this may be an interesting read for us. Here's the question, civil liberties fans: when should the government be able to use eminent domain to take away your home or land? Should they ever be able to take it away, and then turn it around and sell it to others as private property?
DADvocate chimes in with his opinion on the matter here. And a hat tip to him for coming across this article from Facing South.
IMHO, eminent domain should only be used in the most rare of circumstances, when the need for public works must outweigh the property rights of the individual. Major highways, lakes (like what the TVA was supposed to do...), cleaning up hazardous pollution and clearing out blighted areas. But those lands are confiscated lands: lands confiscated from individual owners. Just compensation must be made, and that land then belongs to the public (as the government belongs to the public).
The idea of governments turning around and selling these lands to higher bidders, so those bidders can make a profit is just wrong and one of the most un-American things I can think of.