Monday, October 2, 2017

RoJo: Healthcare, Food, Shelter Are Privileges, Not Rights

RoJo, Wisconsin's Dumb Senator, went to New Berlin West High School in Southeastern Wisconsin, to terrorize some students.

In a rare town hall type of meeting, a student asked RoJo if he thought healthcare was a right. His reply was jaw dropping in it's cruelty, ignorance and hypocrisy:
Wisconsin's junior senator did not hesitate: "I think it's probably more of a privilege."

He continued:

"Do you consider food a right? Do you consider clothing a right? Do you consider shelter a right? What we have as rights is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Past that point, we have the right to freedom. Past that point is a limited resource that we have to use our opportunities given to us to afford those things."

Johnson then referred to comments made by Sen. Rand Paul more than six years ago when Paul compared the "right to health care" to slavery.

He said the task of public officials is to create an environment that grows the economy so that more people can enjoy the "privilege" of food, shelter and health care.
The obvious follow up question would be how can someone live, much less be happy, without food, clothing, shelter or while very sick?

What RoJo omitted is the next couple of lines of the Declaration of Independence, which is where the "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" were named to be "inalienable rights":
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
What RoJo ignores is the very same document put the onus on the government to secure these rights, meaning to make sure that people do have food, shelter and healthcare.

Furthermore, if the government fails to provide or prevents people from having those rights, it is our right to abolish or change things to get a government that will do this job.

That would mean that RoJo, in his repeated votes to abolish Obamacare and his continued desire to do so, is actually violating our rights.

Is it any wonder he's such a full-blown Trumpkin? Any more, he'd be dyeing his skin orange and wearing a crappy looking toupee.

Cross posted from Crooks and Liars

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