And I thought I was done. Let's look at Eminent Domain - is it a right or a power. Well Meriam Webster, no relation to Noah Webster, uses the term the right of government..., but everywhere else I looked referred to it as a power of government, and that the public has the right of due process.

Another place says "The Fifth Amendment grants the federal government the right to exercise its power of eminent domain,"

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Do you see anything in the 5th Amendment that says "the federal government the right to exercise its power of eminent domain,"

In Wiki - In federal law, Congress can take private property...

The power of Eminent Domain is done by law, not by the constitution.

See how discussions can get mucked up real quick when the proper words aren't used?

Okay, I think my mind can stop now.

Robert Allen Fisher — 74 as of May 2020, literary editor & administrator for New People Publishing, and a micro business consultant. Find me on LinkedIn.

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