Rep. Jessie Jackson Jr (D-Ill.) needs to seek professional help. This is from last week, but it’s just too good to pass up. By the stroke of the pen, Jackson is convinced he can solve all of the problems in the United States. Simply amend the Constitution to guaranty everyone gets a “decent home” and you’ve solved the housing issue!
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Jackson thinks if you amend the Constitution to include the “right” to a decent home, everyone will get a decent home and a bunch of jobs will be created in the process. Make health care a “right” and all the people will be taken care of and tons of people will become doctors and nurses. Make a decent education a “right” and everyone will be smart and we’ll be building tons of schools all over the place.
He thinks everyone should be guaranteed an iPod and a laptop too.
It solves every problem we have. Pure genius I tell ya!
Rep. Jackson … who the hell is going to pay for all of it? You’ve got the definition of a “right” totally wrong, where Walter Willams got the definition of a right, exactly right a year ago in one of his great columns.
True rights, such as those in our Constitution, or those considered to be natural or human rights, exist simultaneously among people. That means exercise of a right by one person does not diminish those held by another. In other words, my rights to speech or travel impose no obligations on another except those of non-interference. If we apply ideas behind rights to health care to my rights to speech or travel, my free speech rights would require government-imposed obligations on others to provide me with an auditorium, television studio or radio station. My right to travel freely would require government-imposed obligations on others to provide me with airfare and hotel accommodations.
For Congress to guarantee a right to health care, or any other good or service, whether a person can afford it or not, it must diminish someone else’s rights, namely their rights to their earnings. The reason is that Congress has no resources of its very own. Moreover, there is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy giving them those resources. The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces one to recognize that in order for government to give one American citizen a dollar, it must first, through intimidation, threats and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American. If one person has a right to something he did not earn, of necessity it requires that another person not have a right to something that he did earn.
And here’s comment number one from Patterico’s Pontifications post on the same.
Unicorns dammit! I want Unicorns! I hear they sh*t skittles too.
I asked the Congressional Research Service the other day how many jobs are tied to the First Amendment, that amendment added to the Constitution in 1791 by the founders of our Republic. You know what they told me? Congressman, it is impossible to calculate how many jobs are tied to the First Amendment.
I said: Impossible to calculate? I said: Why?
He said because to be an American is tied to the First Amendment. He said: Congressman, you must understand–which I did–that all corporate activity in America is First Amendment activity.
Jackson figures every job is a result of the 1st Amendment. More from DrewW…
[T]he First Amendment is not a grant of power to the government is a restriction of power against the government (“Congress shall make no law….”). Yet this genius'[Jackson] solution is to create a whole bunch of “rights” that would empower the government to do all sorts of things and thereby usher in a level of prosperity never before seen in the history of the world. In reality, it’s the fact that the government is limited in power and scope (or was at one time) that the genius of free men and women was unleashed to provide goods and services their fellow citizens wanted at a price they agreed upon.
In Jackson’s World, simply let the government guarantee what your wants are and magically they will appear.