"The right to own property isn't about avarice, but about the right to control one's life and one's economic future....
In fact, some might argue that the right to own property is the most important right that human beings have. Those with
protected property rights can say what they please, worship whom they choose and do whatever they please -- provided they
don't tread on someone else's rights.... But when government can take property from anyone for virtually any reason
and give it to anyone else, there's no way that anything approaching the founders' vision of freedom still exists....
Eminent domain may at first sound like a boring concept. Advocates of its misuse count on most Americans tuning out
when discussions about it are raised. But it is not boring at all. The story of eminent domain in modern America
is a story about the abuse of government power, about the abuse of authority to benefit the rich and powerful at the expense
of the poor and powerless. It is the story of untrammeled greed, of the influence of special interests, of the undermining
of traditional American constitutional concepts and their replacement with a system more reminiscent of the old Soviet Union."