"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" - Albert Camus

Friday, January 21, 2011

Confoundedly Amazing

I submit the following quote in defense of ObamaCare from Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday:

"The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process. That is what H.R. 2 [the ObamaCare repeal bill] does and I rise in opposition to it. ... [I]t is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured. Can you tell me what's more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their 14th Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?"

Is there a clearer example of how clueless progressives are when it comes to the U.S. Constitution?  No wonder just two weeks ago they treated reading of the Constitution on the House floor as if Republicans had just proposed unspeakable evil upon them. 

Mrs. Jakson-Lee and her ilk may be under the delusion that FDR's proposal of a second Bill of Rights had actually ratified the Constitution.  Much to their dismay, and for educational purposes, I would like to point out that the document they despise is, as their leader laments, a charter of negative liberties - freedom from interference by other people.  As Patrick Henry put it, "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
This is the very reason why American exceptionalism is a reality and has set apart this great nation from all others.

Furthermore, fifth and fourteenth amendments protect against abuse of government authority in a legal procedures and equal protections to all people in the framework of natural (inalienable) rights, which the U.S. Constitution is built upon.  Healthcare, housing, education, employment, and the like cannot be considered natural rights since, inherently, they infringe on others' rights by imposing an obligation on society in general. 

Quite a simple and logical concept for those whose progressivism has not robbed their brains of powers of reasoning.

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