Sunday, August 23, 2009

Inalienable and Constitutional Rights

Last week a man with an assault rifle stood near the venue where the President of the United States was about to speak. There was also a sign about "watering the Tree of Liberty" - a partial quote from the Revolutionary War - the "water" to be blood of tyrants.

The inference was pretty clear: Obama was a tyrant for wanting health care (insurance) reform and his blood should water the Tree of Liberty.

Let's go to another quote from 1776, one that helped to bring about that revolution:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

We seem to have forgotten that "life" is included in that list.
Tell that to the mother without prenatal care because she has no health insurance.
Tell that to the young man with leukemia who will die because his insurance won't cover a bone marrow transplant.
Tell that to the man who's been laid off and can't afford the cost of the COBRA serve.
Tell them that the first "inalienable right" refers to everyone BUT them.

Preamble to the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Promote the General Welfare?
By not having a public option for health insurance, are we NOT promoting the "general welfare" of our citizens and therefore, according to the Preamble, denying them their constitutional rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Without good health nothing else is possible.


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