Sheila Jackson Lee: Repealing ObamaCare is unconstitutional

posted at 8:25 pm on January 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Philip Klein, I can’t decide whether she’s serious or whether this is part of the Democrats’ new kitchen-sink approach to “messaging” about ObamaCare. She might be calculating that even an argument as inane as this one is worth making in order to counter the GOP’s claims that O-Care is unconstitutional. If you’re battling over public opinion, why not frame the other side’s actions as being as illegitimate as your own? So on the one hand, maybe she doesn’t really buy this and is simply engaged in a shrewd bit of PR. On the other hand — dude.

“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.

Thus do nine-month-old legislatively-granted entitlements, some of which haven’t even taken effect yet, become “rights.” If you take this idea seriously, then meaningful reform of Social Security and Medicare (which Lee presumably would describe as property for Due Process purposes) would require constitutional amendments, which in turn would utterly paralyze a process that’s already close to total paralysis. Or have I misunderstood? If she’s suggesting that some lesser process is due than a full Article V amendment, then, er, shouldn’t a repeal bill duly enacted by Congress suffice? Or is the argument here that people with preexisting conditions, say, have always had a right to coverage under the Constitution and only lately have we “progressed” to the point where we’re willing to recognize that right? In that case, why’d they have to pass a bill last year? Patients should have simply sued and let the courts “find” a right to coverage in the “penumbras” of the Commerce Clause or whatever.

Lee’s floor speech comes at 1:34:35 of the clip; click the image to watch. Exit question: Is this really the silliest meme in the left’s ObamaCare arsenal? Even liberals as normally sane as KP are still relying on the idea that O-Care is somehow going to reduce the deficit, even though the CBO numbers being used to justify that claim have been famously gamed by Democrats since the beginning. Between lame but earnest legal arguments and deliberately misleading stats, I’ll take the former.


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I seriously doubt that Lee has much familiarity with the Constitution.

zoyclem on January 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Oh, she thought they said ‘constipation’ (difficult to hear with that helmet on her head), and she knows a lot about being full of it.

Yoop on January 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I’m surprised that this woman can walk on her own. She’s the one that wanted the Bill of Rights read in session so there would be a “written copy” of it. When the Mars rover went up she asked if it would visit the sight where the astronauts planted the American flag. She also lamented that more hurricanes should be given “black” names. This is what affirmative action does.

Wills on January 19, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Moron says something stupid.

Akzed on January 19, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Interesting, this from the same political party that wants to throw the 1st and 2nd amendments under the bus.

Chip on January 19, 2011 at 9:18 AM

I is quite obvious that Rep.Sheila Jackson Lee was not present at the recitation of the U.S. Constitution. If she was, she must have had her Ipod cranked up to full and ear plug firmly planted into her ears.

MSGTAS on January 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Wills on January 19, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Well, be careful now, Stupidity knows no skin color.

Colbyjack on January 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM

You mean the arugment that one in at least one federal court?

Yeah, I think it one in one, but it two in two.

I guess frivolous only counts if one is as smart as a 5th year law student

Monkeytoe on January 19, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I don’t know how they did things at GeorgeTTTown when you went there, but I’m pretty sure law school is only 3 years, bro.

crr6 on January 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Can you say …. “Affirmative Action” ?

J_Crater on January 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

It must be unconstitutional to have a Congressional representative this stupid.

J_Crater on January 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

The Chinese Army is believed to have built an underground “Great Wall” that stretches for more than 5,000 km in the Hebei region of northern China. Citing the People’s Liberation Army’s official newsletter, the Ta Kung Pao daily of Hong Kong on Saturday said China’s strategic missile squadron, the Second Artillery Division, built a massive underground tunnel to conceal nuclear weapons, including the Dongfeng 5 intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 13,000 km.

The purpose of the secretly constructed underground Great Wall is to give China a second chance after a nuclear attack, military experts said. The main objective of the Second Artillery Division is to be able to launch a counterattack against enemy targets after escaping the first volley of attacks. The Ta Kung Pao daily reported that it was unprecedented for the PLA’s newsletter to reveal classified information about the tunnels and that this demonstrates Beijing’s confidence in its military power.

China will have a “second chance” ?
Let me tell you about M.A.D.
If having a permanent orange Afro is a “second chance” …

J_Crater on January 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

But I think it’s worth pointing out that since I’m a liberal

crr6 on January 19, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Why are you Liberals anti-Liberty?

Chip on January 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I am embarrassed this fat ignorant cow is from Texas.

micmac on January 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Wills on January 19, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Well, be careful now, Stupidity knows no skin color.

Colbyjack on January 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM

What a crazy strawman!

You’re absolutely correct that stupidity knows no skin color; but who said it did?

Wills didn’t say “people of a certain color are stupid”; he identified a particular person as stupid. You’re the one that brought race into this.

RegularJoe on January 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

As a self ordained statistical demographer( read rental agent ) she is the reason I ended up with an apartment building full of single white women.

nimrod on January 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM

If liberal Democrats want to complain about something unconstitutional they should complain about the

Tax System: Too Complex To Be Constitutional

Chessplayer on January 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM

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?”

Uhhh yeah…abortion. Which you support.

TheBlueSite on January 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM

RegularJoe on January 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

My apologies – I meant that as a joke.

He mentioned affirmative action and it sounded a little, well… you know..

My point is that you can find stupid leftists everywhere.

Colbyjack on January 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I’m way late to this thread, but since I’m just north of Houston, I couldn’t resist! We call the gentlewoman from Texas Sheila Jackass Lee because she genuinely believes she’s making an intellectual, constitutional argument. It will be interesting to see how her district fares in reapportionment!

cartooner on January 19, 2011 at 9:54 AM

What about my right to a Unicorn that poops skittles?

roflmao

donabernathy on January 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

RegularJoe on January 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

My apologies – I meant that as a joke.

My point is that you can find stupid leftists everywhere.

Colbyjack on January 19, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Ms. Jackson Lee made this statement for one reason only: She cynically believes her Black constituency is stupid enough to believe it. She believes she can get Black Americans sitting around their kitchen tables talking about how the Republicans want to unconstitutionally repeal their right to health care.

Let’s hope that Americans of all colors are intelligent and informed enough that such cynicism cannot be rewarded.

IronDioPriest on January 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Sheila Jackson Lee: Repealing ObamaCare is unconstitutional

Proof that the Constitution is hard to understand…for some people.

I’m ordering her a copy of “The Constitution for Dummies”.

BobMbx on January 19, 2011 at 10:13 AM

This congresswoman is a joke.

She is the source of much humor on the talk shows here in Houston.

The idiots in her district keep reelecting her.

Stuck on stupid!

txdoc on January 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Keep in mind that this is the same woman who wanted NASA to send the Mars rover over to take a picture of the flag Neil Armstrong left and made the famous discrimination statement to Ed Schultz because Rush calls him Sergeant Schultz.

In other words, you can’t fix stupid.

Which beg the question, which is more stupid, Sheila Jackson Lee or the electorate who keeps sending her dumb ass back to Congress?

PJ Emeritus on January 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

J_Crater on January 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

My thought exactly. She is a good reason why there should be a competency test to run for Congress.

ORconservative on January 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Of all the idiots my great hometown, and state, have produced over the years, since Houston’s and Texas’ conceptions, this woman makes me ashamed to call myself a native Houstonian and a Texan.

TQM38a on January 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Which beg the question, which is more stupid, Sheila Jackson Lee or the electorate who keeps sending her dumb ass back to Congress?

PJ Emeritus on January 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I think the latter. The only way (besides massive corruption) for someone this idiotic to get elected repeatedly is to have thousands of voters dumber than her.

That’s not just stupidity, that’s mob-level moronicy.

Dark-Star on January 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Ms. Jackson Lee’s comments prove she lives on another planet.

Absolutley no idea what the constitution is about or how it functions.

Then again she likely believes the constitution is a living document that she can change at a wim!

David

dlabedz on January 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

No, sad to say she is serious.

She is representative of a generation who believes that getting “free sh**” is actually a right earned by simply existing.

Deal with welfare queens like I have while patrolling projects and you’ll clearly understand Lee’s mindset. Sad but true.

It is what it is.

archer52 on January 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

What about my right to a Unicorn that poops skittles?

roflmao

donabernathy on January 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I don’t think there are any laws against that nor any proposals for laws against that.

deewhybee on January 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Even crr6 couldn’t defend this constitutional argument….I think.

BierManVA on January 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, is she?

Tim_CA on January 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

In sharp contrast to the Congresswooommmaaaan, there is a guy named Apostle Claver. He runs a group called Raging Elephants. I’ve heard him speak at TEA Party events. He is good. With the upcoming redistricting and guys like Apostle spreading truth and knowledge, I hope Houston can clean up it’s act and get this Queen Liar out. And she can take her big hair, big scarf, and big mouth with her.

redwhiteblue on January 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM

What about my right to a Unicorn that poops skittles?

roflmao

donabernathy on January 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

As long as the Environmental Impact Statement is in order, the FDA approves the food product safety, the Commerce Department has no objection to free food, Education approves of the marketing materials and “Skittle Free Zones” around schools, etc……

BobMbx on January 19, 2011 at 11:26 AM

maybe she doesn’t really buy this and is simply engaged in a shrewd bit of PR.

So Stupid she’s genius? Seriously?

Lee’s argument reminds me of when my kids fight.

“That’s unconstitutional!”

“So’s your FACE!”

Jewels on January 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM

its…no apostrophe. My apologies to all teachers.

redwhiteblue on January 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I guess frivolous only counts if one is as smart as a 5th year law student

Monkeytoe on January 19, 2011 at 8:11 AM
I don’t know how they did things at GeorgeTTTown when you went there, but I’m pretty sure law school is only 3 years, bro.

Yeh, your right, except in the case of Jackson-Lee, when you flunk the first two years and have to do-over like this skank.

gunter on January 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

“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.

Currently HHS has handed out 200 waivers to exempt them from ObamaCare; is Congresswoman Lee on record rejecting these waivers (by the Obama administration) on behalf of the ‘rights’ of the uninsured??

TN Mom on January 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Even crr6 couldn’t defend this constitutional argument….I think.

BierManVA on January 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

That would be defending the argument that there is Constitutional right to someone else’s Time and Labor, because if Healthcare is a right, it is incumbent on someone else to provide that right.

The rest of us would have to provide a person’s “Right” to healthcare either in the form of taxes (which is indirectly a person’s time and labor) or the direct time and labor of healthcare practitioners.

What do we call it when a person’s time and labor are the property of someone else?

Chip on January 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Ms. Jackson Lee made this statement for one reason only: She cynically believes her Black constituency is stupid enough to believe it.

Au contraire, IronDioPriest. It is not cynicism. She believes this twaddle.

Mason on January 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM

In the inimitable words of Ron White: “You can’t fix stupid.”

College Prof on January 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Au contraire, IronDioPriest. It is not cynicism. She believes this twaddle.

Mason on January 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM

And so do many liberals…she is an honored leader of the party.
This is the face and intellect of the democrat party that is in control…this is the DNC.

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM

O-care places obligations upon those who pay for it. This is involuntary servitude.

Conclusion: Sheila Jackson Lee is in favor of slavery.

The Rock on January 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Doesn’t everyone here feel better knowing the quality of genius available among our elected representatives?

hachiban on January 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM

What do we call it when a person’s time and labor are the property of someone else?

Chip on January 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Welfare

BierManVA on January 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

People listen to this and think Sarah Palin is stupid?

yeessh……

98ZJUSMC on January 19, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Welfare

BierManVA on January 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Ha! Great answer…

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Being lectured by Sheila Jackson Lee about the Constitution is like having my kids’ pet goldfish explain to me how the Hubble Telescope works.

Bruce MacMahon on January 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM

The woman is a complete idiot. What kind of morons keep sending her back to Congress?

JayVee on January 19, 2011 at 8:23 AM

She comes from a district that values color over competence..though that does the leave the question, who the districts dimmest light of that right color?

JIMV on January 19, 2011 at 12:24 PM

She comes from a district that values color over competence..though that does the leave the question, who the districts dimmest light of that right color?

Now I will try the same post with all the words…

She comes from a district that values color over competence..Though that does leave the question, why elect the districts dimmest light of that right color…

Sigh, I type like the Congresswoman thinks…poorly

JIMV on January 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

In 1997, during a subcommittee briefing, Jackson Lee asked a NASA scientist if the Mars Pathfinder had photographed the flag that Neil Armstrong had left on the moon.

In 2010, Jackson Lee stated that, “…victory had been achieved” by the United States in Vietnam. She went on to state, “Today, we have two Vietnams; side-by-side, North and South, exchanging and working.

Bwaahahahahaaha stupid. Shes stupid.

orbitalair on January 19, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Lee probably meant to say: ‘incomprehensible’ but the other word sounded more official and had the same number of syllables

entagor on January 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Democrats like to talk about senior citizens having to choose between food and buying drugs, but they do not care about seniors when they have to choose between buying food and heating their homes. If anything, their support for Cap and Trade will kill people in the winter time when seniors must decide to either freeze or starve.

Blue Collar Todd on January 19, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Interesting, this from the same political party that wants to throw the 1st and 2nd amendments under the BACK OF THE bus.

Chip on January 19, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Her voters haven’t the slightest idea she’s an idiot.

leftnomore on January 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

bag of hammers VS. Sheila Jackson Lee

falderal on January 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM

She is a prime example of what ignorant voters cobbled together through gerrymandering are capable of.

scotash on January 19, 2011 at 2:03 PM

She also lamented that more hurricanes should be given “black” names.

Look out, here comes hurricane Leroy, I hear he’s a category 5.

Hopefully redistricting will eliminate fools such as she in the next election. Also her constituents need an immediate and full dose of West, the antidote to the Jackson Lee embarrassment. Let blacks know they now have a choice.

shmendrick on January 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

“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?”

See Dr. Kermit Gosnell murdering abortionist story!

chickasaw42 on January 19, 2011 at 3:34 PM

“The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process,”

HELLO!!???? Anybody home??? Does this person understand what she is saying??? …or is she just reading from the “lies of the day” sheet someone handed her??

The fifth ammendment is actually one of the reasons why Obamacare is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!

The Death Panels are set up to deny people their lives if unelected bureaucrats decide that keeping them alive is too expensive for the government!! And Obamacare is chock full of liberty-denying clauses, like:
* dictating where doctors have to live and work.
* telling medical providers what they can be paid.
* telling patients where they must be treated, and how.
* telling insurance companies how they must spend their revenue (and thereby also denying insurance company stockholders their rights of ownership without due process)
* telling citizens that they MUST buy insurance they do not want or need.
* stealing money contributed to Medicare and diverting it to other purposes

….etc., etc., etc.

landlines on January 19, 2011 at 6:51 PM

And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.

Can anyone get this perverted woman the figures on how many Americans of color are murdered in the womb each year. They are using planned parenthood population control on her race and she is worried about what?

Has this lame ever been drug tested?

jarhead0311 on January 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM

bag of hammers VS. Sheila Jackson Lee

falderal on January 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM

No unfair fights

One hammer with cracked handle VS. Sheila Jackson Lee
and Lee is to be given on fall for showing up.

Slowburn on January 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

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