Amidst the whirl and rush about the candidates, there is a critical ballot initiative up in Virginia tomorrow. Question 1 would enshrine in the state constitution private property rights against eminent domain – rights that were presumed to be in the federal Constitution until the Kelo decision.
This is an excellent example of the dangers of relying to heavily on the federal document – which does little to restrain overreaching state and local governments even with Amendments IX and XIV. This proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution would put a badly needed limitation on a document ratified in the Big-Government-knows-best era (1971, to be exact).
So please vote Yes on Question 1.
Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal