Justice Kagan's dissent on property rights decision shows her socialist leanings

June 30, 2013

The private ownership of property is embedded throughout the Constitution and is a foundational aspect of the American experience ("High court bolsters property owners' rights" June 26).

Justice Elena Kagan's strongly worded dissent that state and local government land-use decisions would be subjected to heightened constitutional scrutiny reflects her apparently limited understanding — or more likely — socialist-leaning personal philosophy regarding the Constitution and the reasons the country was founded, one of which was individual property rights.

Barry Dennis, Woodstock

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