“This Here’s A Story Bout You And Me, It’s Not Too Pretty Hard To Believe”. Lyrics from Soles Of Passion’s ‘Got Me Surrounded’, could not be more relevant than the story of Susette Kelo, a former homeowner in New London, Connecticut. Ms. Kelo’s story/saga turned into a movie. The screenplay is adapted from Jeff Benedict’s book, Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage. Big money (and all that comes with it) against one brave woman who did not want to have her home taken from her.
This story is not about ‘Bankster Foreclosure’, it’s a story about individual property rights verses big business, big government, and utimately the Supreme Court’s true identity (unmasked to show they truly represent big money Oligarchs). No surprise there, but the reality of that is in a word ‘disheartening’.
Fact is that nothing has really changed over the centuries, the titles have changed, and the perceptions have changed, but in the end ‘Big Money’ controls the world, and all of us ‘Plebs’ living in Jurisdiction B just have to stay on the treadmill and keep paying the taxes. It has been recently written that the richest 1% will own 50%+ of all the wealth, How much wealth did Pharaoh or Cesar, or the Tudors own? Things haven’t changed much, just disguised via the Corporate Veil. We now live in a state of Corporate Feudalism, and the ‘black robed deities’ always side with Big Money when it really counts.
In a recent article by George Escobar he points out the struggle of Susette Kelo and her ‘Little Pink House’, and how this saga effects the rest of us in so many ways. Here are some quotes from his article;
“In the 2005 eminent domain case, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it was legal to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development”
“In a 5–4 decision, the liberals in the court upended the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, ruling that the general benefits a community could enjoy from economic growth by qualified private redevelopment was permissible under the “public use” clause”
“Simply put, it means the government can take your land, your house, your rightful property and give it to private developers when they deem it economically sound for the community”
“It was a stunning decision, carved out of a gross violation of property rights and a misuse of the Fifth Amendment. The consequences of a decision to benefit large corporations at the expense of individual homeowners and local communities reverberated throughout the U.S.”
“Pfizer The giant pharmaceutical conglomerate is persuaded to establish a $350 million research center in New London and become the anchor for the New London redevelopment plan. The chief lobbyist for the Pfizer development team is Charlotte Wells, played with conviction by Jeanne Tripplehorn. She embodies everything you would want in a power-player: smart, driven, focused, persuasive and opportunistic”
“The story takes a legal turn midway when real estate sales offers arrive and are refused, followed by an escalation of eviction notices and the arrival of bulldozers in Kelo’s neighborhood. The legal battle becomes ever more rousing when Institute for Justice lawyer Scott Bullock shows up. He is young, energetic, impassioned and is able to take Kelo’s case all the way to the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court”
“The late Justice Antonin Scalia said it best, warning a ruling in favor of the city would destroy “the distinction between private use and public use,” asserting that a private use that provided merely incidental benefits to the state was “not enough to justify use of the condemnation power”
To Read The Entire Article by George Escobar (CLICK HERE)
And of course watch for the Theatrical Release or online access to the film