It Could Happen to You!

This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," December 15, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: We told you about a campaign to convince the city of Weare, New Hampshire, to condemn Justice David Souter's farmhouse in retaliation for his vote in the controversial Kelo v. New London eminent domain case. This creative protest against eminent domain abuse was rejected by the town council, but there's still a chance that the justice will become a victim of his own ruling.

Joining us now with an update is the man leading the movement, Logan Darrow Clements.

Logan, thank you for being with us. What is the latest on this? They rejected it, but you're still going forward and you're claiming you want to take Souter's land. So where does it stand right now?

LOGAN DARROW CLEMENTS, FREESTAR MEDIA: Well, there's two tracks that we're on.

First of all, we're passing a ballot initiative. First we have to get it on the ballot. We just finished the language for the initiative. And in January, we're going to start collecting signatures. And it only needs 25 to go on the ballot, but we want to get as many as possible to show our outrage over the Kelo decision.

Secondly, supporters of the Lost Liberty Hotel project are running for town council. We have one person who's already confirmed that he's going to run. His name is Joshua Solomon. And he was on your program before.

COLMES: Right.

CLEMENTS: And I'm talking to other supporters in the town. And they are also thinking of running. There are five...

COLMES: What if Justice Souter comes forward and says he's sorry for his vote, he regrets it, would you stop this campaign?

CLEMENTS: No, not at all.

COLMES: Why not?

CLEMENTS: This is a home schooling project for five special needs students. They need to understand the importance of property rights.

And, you know, judges are unelected. They're appointed. They're in there for life. The only thing we can do is to educate them as to the importance of property rights.

The government just keeps getting stronger and stronger. And we are losing our rights every day. And we have to fight back and send as loud a message as we can that you violated the Constitution in your ruling, and your ruling wipes out property rights.

Because the way the ruling is, all that a city has to do to take someone's house is to believe that a new owner of your house will generate more tax revenue for the city than the old owner. And under that criteria, no one's house is safe. No one's small business is safe. Even churches aren't safe.

SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Hey, Logan, I love this idea. I think it's great.

CLEMENTS: Thanks, Sean.

HANNITY: This is his decision. This is the America he believes we ought to live in. And I think it's perfectly fitting that it happens to him. And I assume maybe he'll feel a little bit differently seeing when his house is taken, his home is ripped away from him.

We had a woman on this program last night, home in her family for 65 years. And they're going to kick her out of her home. Same principle: give it to a developer, increase the tax revenue, build condominiums.

Same thing in Riviera Beach, California. Same thing in Oakland, California, in Revelli Tire. Same thing to a World War II hero in New Jersey. Same thing in the Kelo decision. It's happening everywhere, right?

CLEMENTS: It's happening all across America. In fact, the Institute for Justice did a survey, and they found that in the last several years, there were over 10,000 instances where a city government either used eminent domain or threatened to use it.

So what we're doing is a modern day Boston tea party. We say enough is enough. And those people that advocate eminent domain abuse are going to have to live under their own ruling.

HANNITY: What about the other justices?

CLEMENTS: And that's what we're trying to do.

HANNITY: He had four partners in this decision. Are you going to target them, as well?

CLEMENTS: Yes, yes. We are planning on going and building on four other locations as soon as we get some traction on the New Hampshire location.

And for the New Hampshire project, we're planning a big rally January 21 and January 22. And I'd like to invite both of you there, because you both have been such outstanding advocates of this eminent domain issue and bringing it to the national attention. We'd love to see you.

COLMES: And Logan we'll be, as we have been, following the story. We thank you for the invitation, and thanks for being with us tonight, keeping us updated on it.

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