Losing Lost Liberty


Back in June, Logan Darrow Clements proposed that the town of Weare, New Hampshire use its power of eminent domain to seize eight prime acres—now wasting space as Justice David Souter's residence—and build a shiny, tax revenue-generating new hotel dubbed "Lost Liberty." He and others gathered signatures and petitioned to put the proposal on the town's March ballot. This weekend, Weare residents balked. While the opposition claimed to be taking the two-wrongs-don't-make-a-right moral highground, it appears they basically added a "Not!" to the end of the initial proposal:

"This is a game," said Walter Bohlin, who proposed adding the word "not" throughout the proposal to take Souter's eight acres, including his more than 200-year-old farmhouse. "It was a piece of property targeted for revenge."

By secret ballot, residents voted 94 to 59 in favor of Bohlin's addition.

Via Club for Growth.