New York officials probably won’t take my advice, since seizing Trump’s property might appear partisan. (Manhattanites voted against Trump by about 10 to 1.) But, according to almost every eminent-domain scholar and land-use lawyer I consulted, if the city tried my strategy, courts would probably uphold it.
The city doesn’t need to prove that Trump Tower is derelict to declare it “blighted”; the mere fact that it’s hindering traffic, impeding commerce and draining the public fisc could be sufficient. Then officials just need to find some alternate use for the property — perhaps a Hamilton memorial? — that they could reasonably believe better serves the city’s interests.
Finally, if the city were especially cheap (and cheeky), it could declare Trump’s active residence in Trump Tower a “public nuisance.”
Lots of liberal elites believe our president-elect is a nuisance. In this case, though, the term has a specific legal meaning: any activity or physical condition that “obstructs, damages or inconveniences the rights of a community.” Crackhouses, brothels, foul smells and blocking of rights of way are common examples. So too might be scuppering one of the world’s top shopping destinations and placing a big ol’ terrorism target on its back.
The best part about this “public nuisance” strategy (besides its name)? The city could condemn Trump Tower without having to pay Trump “just compensation.” It wouldn’t owe him a dime, in fact.
Archives for December 13, 2016
I realize the election is long over. I’m not into beating a dead, corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, and possibly brain-damaged horse. But I was reading about the Cuban poet Armando Valladares. He was imprisoned for 22 years in a Cuban gulag by leftist icon Fidel Castro. Specifically, he was sent to the gulag for being the only person at his work who wouldn’t put an “I’m with Fidel” sign on his desk, as all good revolutionary Communists were required.
“I’m with Fidel.” That slogan, sort of reminds me of Hillary’s slogan, “I’m with her.” Doesn’t it?
Also, the ubiquitous “Stronger Together” slogan of the campaign… I always thought it was rather lame and ambiguous. (And of course, always rendered in light-blue and dark blue to signal there was no place for red state America in this “Stronger Together” union.) But “Stronger Together” is also literally a fascist slogan.
The symbolism of the fasces suggested strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break. Similar symbols were developed by different fascist movements; for example, the Falange symbol is five arrows joined together by a yoke.
Democrats are keenly aware of symbolism. In fact, they elevate symbolism above everything else. So, they had to be aware that Hillary’s campaign was overtly and openly embracing the symbols of Cuban Communism and old school fascism, right?
Perhaps at the 2020 DNC convention, the Democrats can replace their traditional straw boater hats with aluminum foil beanies. In case you missed it, it is now the official position of the Democrat Party that the FBI and the Russian Government conspired to throw the 2016 election to Donald Trump. As for evidence in support of this proposition, it amounts to “Hillary was supposed to win, but she didn’t.”
[The Democrat-Media Complex is engaging in a little sleight-of-hand here. By short-handing this conspiracy theory as “Russian hackers threw the election to Trump,” they make it sound to the average LIV and deranged Democrat like Russia rigged the vote somehow; perhaps by hacking into voting machines like attention-craving Leninist Jill Stein alleges (a conspiracy theory smacked down pretty hard by a Federal judge yesterday, who said it “borders on the irrational“). Actually, the allegation — coming from an anonymous source within the CIA and not shared by the FBI or other intelligence agencies — is that Russians hacked the Democrat National Committee and released those embarrassing emails showing that the DNC rigged the primary for Hillary, sold Government positions to Big Donors, expressed contempt for voters, and got involved in weird, cultish rituals. The Democrats are so desperate to deflect attention from the content of the emails that they are willing to poison relations with Russia and perhaps risk war.
Sidebar: Everything that was revealed in the Wikileaks emails could have been uncovered by an inquisitive press; but that would require the MFM to actually investigate and report instead of serving as the Democrat Party’s Ministry of Propaganda.
What sense would it make for Russian to favor Trump over Hillary? The Obama-Hillary foreign policy has been very, very good for Russian’s strategic interest over the last eight years. Under Clinton and Obama, the Russians have gotten:
- A nuclear arms treaty that substantially cut the American nuclear arsenal (and a promise from Obama to be even more ‘flexible’ in his second term).
- Cancellation of Missile Defense programs in Eastern Europe.
- No substantive American response to Russian aggression in Ukraine or the Balkans.
- A nuclear arms agreement with Russia’s ally, Iran, on very favorable terms to Iran (including $1.3 billion dollars in cold hard cash to the Mullahs).
- Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving the sale of 20% of the United States Uranium supply to Russia.
The Democrat-Media Complex is arguing that Vladimir Putin would rather have Donald Trump — an avowed “America First” candidate — over someone who had rolled over repeatedly at his command for the past eight years.
It doesn’t make any freakin’ sense.
The reason the Democrats are going down this road is mainly because they are deranged with grief and rage after losing the presidency. Some on the left are openly calling for the Electoral College or the Federal Courts to “invalidate” the election and install Hillary Clinton — a literal coup d’état. It is only possible to understand this when you put yourself in the position of people who are deranged and not very bright soaking up sixteen months of Democrat and Media propaganda calling Donald Trump a fascist, a sexist, a racist, a homophobe, and an “existential threat” to the very existence of life on Earth. The Democrat Party trusts that the same hyperemotional, “unaware and compliant” citizenry that votes for them will swallow this nonsensical conspiracy theory about “Russian hackers” and this will help destabilize and delegitimize the Trump The Democrat Party has thrived on derangement and hate since the Bush years. This was always the place that strategy was going to take them.