Allah at Hot Air calls this part of the Democrats’ “everything but the kitchen sink” strategy in opposing Obamacare, and maybe he’s right. The legal argument Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee makes here is such a slap-you-in-the-face lie that it’s hard to believe that anyone, up to and including Rep. Jackson-Lee herself, believes it.
Via Phil Klein:
“The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process,” she said in a speech on the House floor moments ago. “That is what H.R. 2 does and I rise in opposition to it. And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.
She continued, “Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”
Jackson Lee mentioned the names of several people who she said would be helped by the national health care law, including a schizophrenic, a dialysis patient, and somebody whose mother cannot otherwise get dental care. “I know they would question why we are taking away their rights,” she said.
Basically, Rep. Jackson-Lee is saying that if we do not provide government health care for people they will die. That violates their 5th amendment right to life.
Would that liberals applied this standard to removing the life of unborn children still in their mother’s womb via abortions, but I digress.
The notion that you deny someone something by not gifting it to them is ludicrous. It is like sitting on the couch and complaining that people are denying you food because nobody will bring you a sandwich. As long as nobody is stopping you from getting your own sandwich, nobody is denying you anything.
And so it goes with health care.
Our founding principles, our unalienable rights as stated succinctly in the Declaration of Independence, are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Notice the word “pursuit.” Nobody is guaranteed happiness, but only the opportunity to live freely and pursue it. To suggest that our government must ensure happiness by providing for the masses, or stand accused of denying them life, etc., is to pervert the very principles upon which this country was founded.