The South Carolina Republican Party acknowledges the high position of property rights in a free society. “Republicans consider private property rights the cornerstone of environmental progress. That lesson has been confirmed in the tragic environmental record of communist rule and of socialist readiness in the less developed world. By safeguarding these rights, by enforcing the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, and by providing compensation, we not only stand true to the Constitution but advance sound environmentalism as well” (1996 Republican National Platform p. 65).
With regard to private property, the United States Constitution’s Fifth Amendment could not be more clear: “No person shall 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 South Carolina Republican Party believes the constitutional guarantee provided in this amendment is one of the pillars of our free society. Any attempt to encumber or weaken this guaranteed protection of private property should be opposed.
In light of the 2005 Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision, the Party recognizes the Eminent Domain Statutes of South Carolina and opposes “takings” of any kind, physical or regulatory, without due process and just compensation.