I support a state constitutional amendment which contains very strict language limiting the scope of the use of eminent domain to only the most traditional uses, such as infrastructure construction but not practices of social activism nor land redistribution. The recent state constitutional amendment that was put to the voters of Georgia through referendum intentionally left a loophole which allows the General Assembly to re-define the term 'public use,' which is the same problem that created this issue in the first place. It is merely one more example of the neo-cons in power pretending to address very real problems, while actually doing nothing to eliminate it altogether.
Thomas Jefferson's famous quotation from the Declaration of Independence was taken directly from John Locke
"right to life, liberty, and property" because the right to own one's property is a fundamental building block of liberty. A man who cannot own his own property is NOT a free man; he is, at best, a vassal or serf on the land of another."
Eminent domain has and IS being abused in Georgia to seize individuals' land for those who have wealth and power. The current Constitutional Amendment leaves a loophole for abuse and will not protect the property rights of our citizens. As governor of Georgia, I will support a state constitutional amendment which restricts the use of eminent domain to only those infrastructure needs traditionally associated with the use of eminent domain.
Abuses of eminent domain, such as "revitalization of blighted areas" or "increased tax values" are no different than the unconstitutional practice of judicial activism used frequently by the federal supreme court and amount to little more than thinly-veiled practices of "land redistribution" -- which, to most Georgians, is just a fancy way to say "communism."
The protection of private property rights is essential to the restoration of true liberty for the people of Georgia; and I will be dedicated to greater protection of those rights.