Thursday, August 10, 2017

Murr v. Wisconsin: SCOTUS Further Complicates Property Rights Issues


The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution reads in part:
“No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
The Fourth Amendment states in part:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”
To our founders, a person’s private property consisted of his home and land, his material possessions, the work of his hands, the creative ideas of his mind, and his life itself.  One source for the foundation of these beliefs can be found in the Ten Commandments, four of which deal directly with these Natural Law Rights.  Prohibitions against bearing false witness, coveting, theft, and murder all validate the concept of personal property and protect the rights of property owners.   

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