Unlike many English language constitutions, the United States Constitution specifically provides for a mechanism for the government to involuntarily take private real property from its citizens. The only requirement that the government must show is that the taking is for a “public” purpose. There is no requirement that the taking be “necessary” or even “reasonable”. Any stated government purpose suffices. If the public purpose is demonstrated, then the government, state or federal, may take the property and provide the previous owner with “fair value” or compensation for the taking.
For your discussion in this module, we will use the basic debate form. The proposition set forth is this: “The United States Supreme Court taking powers for real property are just and necessary. No modifications need exist to the takings clause at this time.” In your primary post, affirm or oppose the proposition and in your peer posts comment, affirm, or oppose.
Post your initial response to the discussion question no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. You will not be able to see any of your classmates’ posts until you have posted your initial response.
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If you are responding, click the Reply to Thread button for the thread you wish to respond to.
Respond to at least two of your classmates no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.