Good news from Sheila Jackson Lee: The Constitution implies a right to health care and education

posted at 3:21 pm on May 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

Laugh if you must but it’s no goofier than the idea that “due process” implies a substantive right to kill a baby in the womb but not five minutes later, after it’s emerged.

Besides, Jackson Lee’s been consistent on this. Back in January 2011, right after the new Republican House majority was sworn in, she started arguing that repealing O-Care would amount to a deprivation of due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. There’s a certain ruthless logic in her reaching for the Constitution right after the Democrats’ hold on power began to slip in hopes of putting her favored programs beyond the new majority’s grasp. And now she’s doing it again, conveniently just as the media’s filling up with stories about ObamaCare’s implementation maybe turning into a “train wreck.”

Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee said the right to these services can be read into the Declaration of Independence, which preserves the rights of Americans to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. Jackson Lee also praised President Obama for fighting for these rights.

“I think that what should be continuously emphasized is the President’s leadership on one single point: that although healthcare was not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right,” she said.

How many Democrats at this point have been forced to resort to the Declaration of Independence for quasi-constitutional arguments to support O-Care because the actual Constitution doesn’t do much for them? Pelosi’s the most famous example, but John Lewis once went there too. It makes me nostalgic for the elegant simplicity of the “Commerce Clause lets us do anything we want, wingnuts” arguments before the Supreme Court ruling on the mandate last year. Friendly advice to Pelosi et al.: You can justify literally any policy, left or right, on grounds that it’s designed to enable the citizen’s “pursuit of happiness.” We should repeal Social Security and Medicare right now because eliminating payroll taxes and easing the debt burden on the public will make it easier for them to pursue their happiness. Good lord, even the “general welfare” provision in the Constitution’s preamble, as flimsy as it is as a basis for constitutional law, would at least put you in the correct document. If you’re going to try to strip Congress’s power to govern, at least make a rhetorical effort.

I can’t find video of Jackson Lee’s speech last night so here’s the video from 2011. The idea that “rights,” once granted by statute, can’t be removed constitutionally even by another duly-passed statute is true, at least, to the spirit of the Democrats’ one-way ratchet for the welfare state.


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How many Democrats at this point have been forced to resort to the Declaration of Independence for quasi-constitutional arguments to support O-Care because the actual Constitution doesn’t do much for them?

Phil Hare was caught on camera citing the Declaration of Independence which he mistook for the Constitution, and that was after saying he didn’t care about the Constitution with regard to Obamacare. Needless to say, he got his ass handed to him at the polls in November 2010.

Doughboy on May 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

They need to add a laugh track to every one of her speeches.

Her interpretation of the Constitution is lacking.

portlandon on May 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I’ve always wondered what the cutoff is for migrating headline topics to the main page, 30 or so comments?

I’m pretty sure the “Hezbollah Quandary” isn’t high on the list.

Bishop on May 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM

The movie “dumb and dumber” at least had two people; here we have both embodied in one.

Pardonme on May 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

This is the plan, isn’t it? To control the education system to such a degree that people will think the Declaration and the Constitution are one in the same?

Nethicus on May 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

The Declaration of Independence also mentions god.

MoreLiberty on May 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Jackson Lee/Harpootlian 2016!

mwbri on May 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The Constitution also implies small government…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Old hotness….Everyone should be able to own their own home!

That worked out well, didn’t it?

farsighted on May 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,”

Actually government run education and free healthcare come from the Soviet Constitution, not the Declaration of Independence.

darwin on May 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

She also made a speech about the Two Vietnams, North and South, living in harmony.

A box of rocks is twice as smart as this libturd from Houston

txdoc on May 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Sheila has it backwards (surprise, surprise). The constitution says nobody has a right to assume they are entitled to the labor or capital of another.

tommyboy on May 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

A carpetbagger that came to Houston and wormed her way into office.Most of her district is a third world rat hole.

docflash on May 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Is she reading from the Constitution of North or South Vietnam?

cathode on May 7, 2013 at 3:31 PM

How soon will we see citations from the star spangled banner for a 6 degrees of constitutionality on the next liberal hobby horse?

I’m only half kidding.

Gatsu on May 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM

One of the smarter democrats…

trs on May 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Paying taxes deprives me of the pursuit of happiness.

birdwatcher on May 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I’ve often thought my disdain for Houston might be irrational. But this woman only serves to remind me that my head is on straight.

Erich66 on May 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

So, why do the good people of Houston keep sending a retard to Congress?

JohnGalt23 on May 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Her every statement ‘implies’ she’s an idiot.

Therefor, and using her own standard, she’s an idiot.

As if we needed ‘implications’.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

She has a right to a short bus.

hillsoftx on May 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

And a unicorn! Don’t forget the Right to a Unicorn!

glockomatic on May 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Is she reading from the Constitution of North or South Vietnam?

cathode on May 7, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The U.S. Constitution manifesto. Living and breathing and such. Oh if we’d just obey the master.

onomo on May 7, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Old hotness… Everyone should be able to own their own home!

That worked out well, didn’t it?

farsighted on May 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

New hotness… Everyone should be able to a get a Bachelor’s degree! Even people with sub-80 IQs.

That will work out as well as the push for universal home ownership worked out.

In fact, we are well on our way there — college is becoming the new high school.

farsighted on May 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM

One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

I have a right to bear arms. That does not mean the government has to buy me a gun or I’m allowed to take one from someone else.

I have a right to free speech. That does not mean the government or some private entity can be forced to publish my speech.

So she’s right. Everyone has a right to whatever education they want to pursue, but that does not grant the right to force others to provide it for you. Same for healthcare.

Liberals don’t seem to understand having a right does not guarantee the ability to exercise that right nor the right to take from others in order to exercise your own rights.

taznar on May 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

What this filthy Commie is really saying – and indoctrinating the tots with [because it's all about indoctrinating the tots] – is that the Constitution implies the power of the State to confiscate all that you have, in order to make things better for all.

That’s what this filthy Commie is really saying.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Implies versus SHALL NOT INFRINGE.

Ooookay.

kim roy on May 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Lefties believe that a person is not “free” unless they have food, a good education (including college), a good job, healthcare, a home etc.

If these things are not readily available for every citizen, then they are not “free” people. This is really what they think. It goes all the way to FDR and his “Second Bill of Rights.”

visions on May 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

But, the Supreme Court has already ruled:

There is NO Constitutional right to either healthcare or education.

Period.

‘Rights’ You Do Not Have

Resist We Much on May 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

But the explicitly stated right to own a gun? That’s just poppycock.

Washington Nearsider on May 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Easy test: If it reaches into another person’s pocketbook, it’s not a right.

Bat Chain Puller on May 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

The idea that “rights,” once granted by statute, can’t be removed constitutionally even by another duly-passed statute is true, at least, to the spirit of the Democrats’ one-way ratchet for the welfare state.

Except for human life. The right to life was struck down by SCOTUS in ROE.

BobMbx on May 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Are there any Black female Democrat politicians who are good looking?

ardenenoch on May 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The Declaration of Independence also mentions god.

MoreLiberty on May 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The Decleration of Independence also says that when the government no longer serves the needs of the people, we have the right to rebel…..are we there yet? (just ask’n.)

Deafdog on May 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

That woman is hopelessly stupid . . . and so is the electorate that keeps her in the congress.

rplat on May 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Affirmative Action, on display again.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Lefties believe that a person is not “free” unless they have food, a good education (including college), a good job, healthcare, a home etc.

If these things are not readily available for every citizen, then they are not “free” people. This is really what they think. It goes all the way to FDR and his “Second Bill of Rights.”

visions on May 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I don’t think they are to worried about the good job, they just want a check whether or not they have to work.

Tater Salad on May 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

The Declaration of Independence also mentions god.

MoreLiberty on May 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM

And was the first and last “sternly worded letter” to have any effect whatsoever.

BobMbx on May 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

She always patterns herself after Barbara Jordan but she is to Jordan as Justin Bieber is to Pavarotti.

Marcus on May 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

I must have some kind of constitutional right not to be subjected to the stupidity of elected representatives….

morganfrost on May 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Another troll free thread.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said.

One can more convincingly argue that eradication of liberals and their politicians would do more to further the concepts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Discuss.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

The Decleration of Independence also says that when the government no longer serves the needs of the people, we have the right to rebel…..are we there yet? (just ask’n.)

Deafdog on May 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Are we there?

No.

‘There’ was awhile ago.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Sex. The constitution implies a write to sex, right? I’m not getting as much as I deserve so the government hours provide some for me…

Food? Housing? A purpose in life? Obamaphones, cars and hidef plasma TVs and a weekly allowance I can use to purchase entertainment from Hollywood which will turn around and give lots of it back to the DNC anyway… That’s implied in the constitution.

Oh and a requirement to work? That’s NOT in the constitution.

Skywise on May 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

The Declaration of Independence doesn’t say anything about a right to healthcare. It does, however, say quite a bit about the right to overthrow a tyrannical government. Dems might want to read it a little closer before they start reminding people about it:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

And this is another good one:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

They might not want the serfs thinking such dangerous thoughts…

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Setting aside the ignorance, stupidity, and pure dumbness, her wanting to strike “pursuit” out of the happiness phrase encapsulates almost perfectly the difference between conservatives and liberals/progressives.

Conservatives want government to be off off their backs to the greatest extent possible, so as to enable us to follow our own pursuits and pursue our own vision of happiness.

Leftists want government to be “on their side,” caring about them and looking after them with the objective of a secular heaven on earth, i.e. “guaranteed happiness.”

It’s only the US Constitution – depending of course on how it’s interpreted – that protects us from statists like this one.

Drained Brain on May 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Lefties believe that a person is not “free” unless they have food, a good education (including college), a good job, healthcare, a home etc.

If these things are not readily available for every citizen, then they are not “free” people. This is really what they think. It goes all the way to FDR and his “Second Bill of Rights.”

visions on May 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

To libtards, ‘free’ seems to literally mean that you get everything you want, ‘free’.

I don’t think that’s what MLK meant by “free at last”, but that seems to be the sub-moronic leftist perspective nowadays.

Midas on May 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Ms. Jackson Lee, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

EddieC on May 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

It’s too bad that the right to education was not yet recognized when this creature was growing up, as she obviously never received one, not did any of her ‘constituents’.
Also too bad that her mother wasn’t able to exercise her ‘parental rights’.

maryo on May 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists ALWAYS claim that EVERYTHING THEY WANT in their perverse, warped ideology is a “basic human right” that MUST be supported by all without question or debate and MUST be funded from “other peoples’ money” like
-”FREE” contraceptives
-a college degree for everybody
-unlimited taxpayer funded abortions
-”FREE” diapers (I’m not making this up !)
-gay marriage (next up: human-animal “marriage”)
-a house (regardless of whether you can afford it)
-unlimited left-wing extremist propaganda radio and tv from pbs and npr
-an eco-nut extremism car for everyone
-all slugs, slackers, deadbeats, liars, freeloaders, losers, taxpayer-leeches, cheats, ILLEGALS and potheads are entitled – as a “right” – to wealth and income re-distributed from people who work hard
-”free” healthcare (under BIG GOVERNMENT/DEATH PANEL control)
-and now violating America’s immigration laws is A-OK since it’s a “right.”

etc.

FACT: all of these absurd, BOGUS “RIGHTS” are invented from the depraved, vile, warped minds of leftist ideological extremists and have no real basis or validity in the natural world.

TeaPartyNation on May 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

This is straight out of the Program of the Communist Party USA:

Bill of Rights Socialism in the USA

A socialist United States will guarantee all the freedoms we have won over centuries of struggle, and also extend the Bill of Rights to include freedom from unemployment, from poverty, from illiteracy, and from discrimination and oppression. Socialism will guarantee the right to vote, to health care, to a job at a living wage, to decent housing.

ITguy on May 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

They need to add a laugh track to every one of her speeches.

Her interpretation of the Constitution is lacking.

It’s not necessarily her own interpretation, but perhaps the script given her to read and what she’s been indoctrinated to believe of it.

Her own interpretation is perhaps non-existent.

Since the Constitution was written so long ago by rich educated white men, some of whom were slave owners, she can’t relate, obviously.

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Don’t forget another Commie imbecile:

We have three branches of government … House … Senate … President

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Not to liberals:

The Constitution was never meant to imply anything. It’s pretty straightforward, because the Founders (being the ‘unenlightened’ prigs liberals always claim) pretty much had to come to the point.

The Constitution doesn’t need to be fixed.

Liberals simply need to finally understand it, for once.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. Jackson Lee also praised President Obama for fighting for these rights.

One might argue that. One might also argue that since those words come from the Declaration of Independence, they have nothing to do with the existence of a Constitutionally protected right to anything.

However, if we’re going to look to the Declaration of Independence in interpreting the Constitution, can we also discuss that part where our rights come to us from our Creator and stop pretending there’s a Constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state?

Shump on May 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee said the right to these services can be read into the Declaration of Independence, which preserves the rights of Americans to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Funny, I read that as meaning I have the right to be free of idiots like Jackson Lee.

ghostwalker1 on May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

I feel dumber for having just seen her picture. That, and knowing she’s an idiot among useful idiots, I have no need to listen.

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. Jackson Lee also praised President Obama for fighting for these rights.

One Congressperson might argue that–or two or three. But if one person’s education or health care require taking other people’s money, then the payers’ pursuit of happiness has been violated.

Steve Z on May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Crack and MD 20/20 is a dangerous combination which can cause bizarre hallucinations.

Pork-Chop on May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

However, if we’re going to look to the Declaration of Independence in interpreting the Constitution, can we also discuss that part where our rights come to us from our Creator and stop pretending there’s a Constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state?

Shump on May 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Sorry, no. They were making allusions to something like…liberalism!

Nothing like selective interpretation, is there?

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. Jackson Lee also praised President Obama for fighting for these rights.

And Free beer!

Deafdog on May 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Sheila Jackson Lee typifies the uninformed, braindead Obama supporter.

fogw on May 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

It is important to understand the difference between “healthcare” and “health insurance”.

maables on May 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Funny, I read that as meaning I have the right to be free of idiots like Jackson Lee.

Ah, and there is where “rights” intersect. From her point of view, I am sure she feels she has the right to impart her “wisdom” on one and all.

It’s for their own good.

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

A socialist United States will guarantee all the freedoms we have won over centuries of struggle, and also extend the Bill of Rights to include freedom from unemployment, from poverty, from illiteracy, and from discrimination and oppression. Socialism will guarantee the right to vote, to health care, to a job at a living wage, to decent housing.

And in addition, we shall forever be free from another person’s body odor, Zag-nut candy bars, AM radio, and Canadiens.

Thats about all the rights there are, I think.

BobMbx on May 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Funny, I read that as meaning I have the right to be free of idiots like Jackson Lee.

ghostwalker1 on May 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

White privilege is not counted.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

This isn’t news.

Obama said the same thing in 08′ during one of the debates with McCain. Four years later Roberts backed him on it. Move on.

CTSherman on May 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

And Free beer!

Free weed and Doritos too!

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Something is structurally wrong with our Republic that someone this stupid is getting elected. Gerrymandering concentrates really, really stupid people into districts where they get to vote for really, really stupid people. “The Bell Curve” showed us that blacks on average have an IQ 20 points below that of the average white, and 30 points below asians. It should not be policy to intentionally have Idiot districts just because we want to count people by skin color and assume that if it isn’t white, those people need to be represented by someone with the same skin color.

Spartacus on May 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Her own interpretation is perhaps non-existent.

Since the Constitution was written so long ago by rich educated white men, some of whom were slave owners, she can’t relate, obviously.

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I’d pay (using an EBT card) to see her read the original document. Her degree in ebonics won’t help her one wit.

My giggling would give way to hysterical laughter at the first “Congref” pronunciation.

BobMbx on May 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM

All of the outstanding [and in default] student loan debts should be immediately forgiven. It’s implied in the Magna Carta.

And F me – because I paid back every red cent of mine. It’s implied in the Code of Hammurabi. [F'ing me, that is]

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I’m waitin’ for my free, 1970 426 Hemi Cuda. Orange, with a black, shaker hood.

[Right off the assembly line, too]

And thanks, y’all, for buyin’ it for me.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

And Free beer!

Free weed and Doritos too!

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

What about good Scotch? I demand my right to government-paid Chivas!

I’m willing compromise here: I’ll ‘settle’ for the 12-year old common sale. but I’ll be back to make Washington pay for my 21-year-old Royal Salute.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

So, why do the good people of Houston keep sending a retard to Congress?

JohnGalt23 on May 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Gerrymandering.

She has %100 tard district.

tetriskid on May 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

And Free beer!

Free weed and Doritos too!

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I am pretty sure there is a right to a free wakeboarding boat in there somewhere — with a bitching sound system. You can’t pursue freedom without a fast boat and an awesome sound system.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Just thinking constitutionally, it seems to me that Ms. Jackson Lee has yet to reclaim the missing 2/5 of her intellect.

M240H on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Actually, I’d like to see some conservative jurist with guts overturn the current regulatory state due to the 13th amendment:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Surely an effective tax rate of 50% or greater qualifies as involuntary servitude?

18-1 on May 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

A socialist United States will guarantee all the freedoms we have won over centuries of struggle, and also extend the Bill of Rights to include freedom from unemployment, from poverty, from illiteracy, and from discrimination and oppression. Socialism will guarantee the right to vote, to health care, to a job at a living wage, to decent housing.

Since Barack Obama has caused me to be unemployed, I must regretfully conclude that he is not a socialist, since he has infringed on my right of freedom from unemployment.

Or maybe, in the words of the great Margaret Thatcher, he has run out of other people’s money?

Steve Z on May 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Another troll free thread.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

One of Sheila Jackosn Lee’s students, sesquipedalian, is over on the Benghazi thread this afternoon telling us that the first murder of a US Ambassador in 33 years is “harmless”, and that we are trying to manufacture a “fake scandal”. Also is telling us that Watergate, where nobody even got killed, was so much worse.

“It Burns!”

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

nd Free beer!
Free weed and Doritos too!

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

What about good Scotch? I demand my right to government-paid Chivas!

I’m willing compromise here: I’ll ‘settle’ for the 12-year old common sale. but I’ll be back to make Washington pay for my 21-year-old Royal Salute.

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

And a free wakeboarding boat with some big speakers. You can’t pursue liberty without a fast boat and an awesome sound system.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

The Balvenie Double Wood. About $40 in my neck of the woods, and worth every penny.

M240H on May 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Spartacus on May 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Gerrymandering.

She has %100 tard district.

tetriskid on May 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

It’s called Jhericurling, now.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Quote from the headlines thread:

“I think the Affordable Care Act was intended to try and lift the boats of all people,” she said.

Wait, what?!? I don’t have a boat! Where do I get my dang boat? I think you should be getting me my boat before you go off getting everyone else’s boats lifted!

GWB on May 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Has the cow found the passage yet?

How come the HA trolls are not ashamed of such stupidity?

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

She is reaching Maxine Waters dumb.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Something is structurally wrong with our Republic that someone this stupid is getting elected. Gerrymandering concentrates really, really stupid people into districts where they get to vote for really, really stupid people. “The Bell Curve” showed us that blacks on average have an IQ 20 points below that of the average white, and 30 points below asians. It should not be policy to intentionally have Idiot districts just because we want to count people by skin color and assume that if it isn’t white, those people need to be represented by someone with the same skin color.

Spartacus on May 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Gerrymandering is part of it, but not the whole story. A major factor is also the Democrat-Run education system, all the way from K to graduate schools. The Democrats have totally run that part of society for almost 75 years now, and many of them (see the recent Atlanta public school cheating scandal) have absolutely no interest in making their “students” any smarter.

And it’s not just blacks; take a look at Hawai’i. Their public school system has been a Democrat Joke for decades and they do not let a single political Party decide how gerrymandering is done.

Del Dolemonte on May 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Just so you know, SJL serves in Tx-18 which is a carved out district of misfits comprised of the 3rd Ward (really old boundary designation used by blacks here), Acres Homes (crime capital of Houston) and Sunnyside (where Acres Homes folk parent’s live). SJL seldom does worse that 75% in that district. She can do whatever she wants and will always pull those numbers and that why she is fearless to say and do stupid stuff. In 2008 her campaign office staff was shown wearing Che Gueverra garb.

She is from Queens, NY and graduated from Yale and UVA. No one but her constituents takes her seriously. She is an animal created by the Voting Rights Act and completely protected by same. And to think she is serving the district that Barbara Jordan once held.

DanMan on May 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Can you imagine the education being served-up at any Sheila Jackson Lee elementary/middle/high school?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I am certainly happy that I didn’t have Sheila Jackson-Lee as a Constitutional Law professor.

Or other notable Con Law profs, like Barack Obama and Willaim Jefferson Clinton.

molonlabe28 on May 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Obviously she is Constitutionally challenged. The Federal government only has the powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution. If you received an education before the Federal government became involved then you would know that the Declaration of Independence was a document specifically to list the grievances and to justify separating from England’s rule. It was never meant to be nor is it now a governing document.

All powers not enumerated to the Federal government are reserved for the States. A beautiful concept that was specifically meant to limit the power of our central government.

Somewhere along the line the Supreme Court forgot that it is supposed to ensure that all governments adhere to the Constitution instead of continually allow governments to erode our rights and freedoms.

Health care, education, and about 95% of what the Federal government does today are not powers enumerated in the Constitution. They were created by ideologues posing as Supreme Court justices who have created new Federal powers and individual rights out of thin air and fairy dust.

While it is possible for a Supreme Court to overturn previous rulings as has been done (rarely) in the past, you first have to replace politically motivated progressive leftists with judges who have actually read and understand the Constitution.

Unfortunately, this country may be past the tipping point. If the government keeps printing trillions of dollars out of thin air, you will soon need a wheelbarrow of hundred dollar bills to buy a potato.

Government is one thing where smaller is always better.

BMF on May 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

And a free wakeboarding boat with some big speakers. You can’t pursue liberty without a fast boat and an awesome sound system.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

BOAT — Bust Out Another Thousand.

Sure, why not a subsidy for your thing?

The trolls here say we’re ‘rejected’ for being Conservative. If that’s true, then we need to get on the liberal bandwagon and ‘get our fair share’.

I’d LOVE nonpartisan and HAL paying taxes (for once) to cover me being able to stay home and write trashy porn to Hustler. Gratis!

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I am certainly happy that I didn’t have Sheila Jackson-Lee as a Constitutional Law professor.

Or other notable Con Law profs, like Barack Obama and Willaim Jefferson Clinton.

molonlabe28 on May 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Can you believe that it took 4 credit hours, all semester, and a 4 hour final exam, when all that needed to be said was that the Constitution says what the politics of the majority of the Court say it says?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

She is reaching Maxine Waters dumb.

Dumber and Dumbest. Competing role models for how to succeed in politics by being female, black and stupid….perfect trifecta of attributes, but only for one political party in particular.

hawkeye54 on May 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Why does she have a Goodyear tire on her head?

GhoulAid on May 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I’m waitin’ for my free, 1970 426 Hemi Cuda. Orange, with a black, shaker hood.

[Right off the assembly line, too]

And thanks, y’all, for buyin’ it for me.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I worked the Mecom auction here about a month ago. I drove that car in Road Runner skin with a Sublime Green and black exterior. Love that 3′ shifter coming out of the floor! Leake Bros. in Tulsa in June, go get you one.

DanMan on May 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said.

“I think the Affordable Care Act was intended to try and lift the boats of all people,” she said.

Is there a prize for stealing from both Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan and totally mangling their intended messages? I think there should be, and I nominate SJL as the first recipient. She is actually kind of amazing, and by ‘amazing’ I mean ‘batsh!t insane’.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

It’s kinda cute when socialists pretend they care about the Constitution.

John the Libertarian on May 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM

And a free wakeboarding boat with some big speakers. You can’t pursue liberty without a fast boat and an awesome sound system.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

BOAT — Bust Out Another Thousand.

Sure, why not a subsidy for your thing?

The trolls here say we’re ‘rejected’ for being Conservative. If that’s true, then we need to get on the liberal bandwagon and ‘get our fair share’.

I’d LOVE nonpartisan and HAL paying taxes (for once) to cover me being able to stay home and write trashy porn to Hustler. Gratis!

Liam on May 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Hmmm. You might be on to something.

Also, I think you might already be a able to get a grant from the NEA to fund your writing career.

bitsy on May 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

BREAKING:

Rep. Jackson (D-TX) lands on Guam; island capsizes.

BobMbx on May 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

I worked the Mecom auction here about a month ago. I drove that car in Road Runner skin with a Sublime Green and black exterior. Love that 3′ shifter coming out of the floor! Leake Bros. in Tulsa in June, go get you one.

DanMan on May 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Would that I could … but Whitey gots to pay!

OhEssYouCowboys on May 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

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