Pleading the Fifth

You really can’t make this up: Sheila Jackson Lee, who gets easily confused about facts, and has ethical problems (government-paid limo for her one-block ride to her office), has now opined that repeal of ObamaCare would violate the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.

Here’s what this affirmative action congresswoman had to say (via American Spectator):

“The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process,” she said in a speech on the House floor moments ago. “That is what H.R. 2 does and I rise in opposition to it. And I rise in opposition because it is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured.”

So, where to begin? Does this mean that for the first 222 years of our Republic under the Constitution we were in an un-constitutional status because we did not have socialized medicine? And does this mean that every single entitlement becomes a “constitutional right” once it is passed? Does it not also mean that every single time the government taxes my property (also covered in the Amendment V) that is unconstitutional? No, of course not. Jackson Lee is, in simplest terms, a fool.

Someone needs to inform Jackson Lee that the Fifth Amendment is about criminal prosecution, and that it is entirely arguable that ObamaCare’s socialized medicine with, inter alia, death panels, will almost certainly work to deprive innocent people of their very lives.

For those who are able to read, which may or may not include Jackson Lee, Amendment V:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
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