This Week’s ‘Braying Jackass’ Award

“[T]here is no place in the Constitution that specifically says health care. There’s no place in the Constitution that specifically says education. There is no place in the competition, in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution that talks about you ought to have the right to get a telephone, but we have made those choices as a country over the years.” —Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at a town hall meeting when asked by a high school teacher to cite the constitutional basis for a federal takeover of the health care system (yes, he actually repeated himself that many times)

Senator Warner thus demonstrates his inability to uphold his oath of office and to distinguish between the Constitution’s guarantee of so-called “negative rights” — rights that preclude infringements on personal freedoms, such as property rights (e.g., the right to own a telephone) — and “positive rights,” which are a 20th-century liberal fabrication, and are merely government-granted privileges — like the “right” to health insurance.

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