What’s That Thing Called a ‘Constitution’?

by Karl Denninger

Amendment 5 — you know, that quaint document?

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 offence 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.

The CDC’s “eviction moratorium” is claimed to be for public use — to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

It is clearly a taking, by a government.

It’s unconstitutional unless the landlord, in each and every case, is fully compensated for what was taken.

Every Government agency, every employee of same and every lawmaker at all levels is charged with following the Constitution.

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