So ignorant, it’s scary: the sequel

Posted by: Phineas on January 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Last summer I wrote a post about the mind-numbing witlessness of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX). Now, on top of her ignorance of History and Science, she’s shown herself to be devoid of any understanding of the Constitution*, too, by declaring that a repeal of ObamaCare would be unconstitutional:

Arguing that the Commerce Clause provides the constitutional basis for ObamaCare, Jackson Lee said repealing the law by passing Republicans’ H.R. 2 violates both the Fifth Amendment’s right to due process and the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause.

“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.

She continued, “Can you tell me what’s more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?”

Jackson Lee mentioned the names of several people who she said would be helped by the national health care law, including a schizophrenic, a dialysis patient, and somebody whose mother cannot otherwise get dental care. “I know they would question why we are taking away their rights,” she said.

Actually, I should think they would more likely question whether she has two firing synapses in her head. And does anyone seriously think she’d even be giving constitutionalism a passing glance, if her party hadn’t been massacred in the last election by voters sickened by the Democrats’ cavalier disregard for the Constitution?

She won’t understand it, but I’ll try.

Dear Sheila,

The US Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. That means –try to keep up, now– it limits what the federal government can do, assigning it specific powers and reserving the rest to the people and the states. It does this to protect the individual liberty of Americans from tyrannical power-grabs by a distant government. (If you had paid attention in History class, you’d recall we fought the Revolution for that very reason.) This is why the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, the Second the individual right to bear arms, and so on.

What the Constitution does not do, regardless of what Franklin Roosevelt and Cass Sunstein say, is mandate that the government give you stuff. It is not required to give you food, clothing, a place to live, a new TV, gas for your car, a pony on your birthday, or insurance coverage. Your twisting of the Fifth Amendment to say that the government must mandate insurance coverage lest someone’s life be taken from them is… bizarre. If that’s the case, then the government should buy everyone a gun, too, since otherwise someone might lose his life and property in a robbery. You know what happens when you rely on the government to give you everything you could want? The citizen becomes an infantilized servant.

And “due process?” I don’t think those words mean what you think they mean. Are you really saying that the government cannot deny someone insurance coverage without a court hearing? Wait. I don’t want to be giving you any ideas…

Sigh. What’s the use? She’s a progressive through and through, dedicated to the proposition that all Men are to be made equal by the government and are endowed by the government with whatever rights the government makes up that week**. And it’s not a coincidence that handing out goodies and calling them “constitutional rights” is a good way to bribe her constituents*** into reelecting her, which they seem quite willing to do.

But it doesn’t change the fact that she’s dumber than a box of rocks.

*Of course, that’s a common problem among Democrats. Some Republicans, too, but it’s pandemic on their side.

**I’d suggest she read the original, but why bother? It’s over 100 years old and probably too confusing for her.

***Can’t wait to see what reapportionment does to her district. Schadenfreude, baby!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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15 Responses to “So ignorant, it’s scary: the sequel”


  1. LC Gregory says:

    HER district? Almost certainly nothing.

  2. Joseph Brown says:

    She just proves that ye ain’t got to has a lotto smarts to be in guvment. By the way, did that thar island ever tip over?
    Didn’t think so, but…..

  3. DavidL says:

    I hold that Cnogresswomen Sheila Jackson-Lee is now the official representative of the Democratic Party. Each democrat should be asked to either endorse Jackson-Lee’s constitutional schoalership or specifally repudiate it.

  4. Rorschach says:

    Sadly her district is likely to be pretty safe, at least this go-round. the Texas Legislature has pretty much decided it is better to gerrymander her district to make it an uber liberal district in order to carve out as many conservative areas as possible to make the surrounding districts safe for conservatives. As much as we Houstonians cringe every time we hear her name or voice or see her lunging at a camera, we also understand that there is a huge downside to trying to dilute her district down in order to make it winable for a conservative. The result will be a number of districts that teeter on the brink of going dem and that is a dangerous place to be. It is better to go ahead and let her keep her seat and just ignore her as much as humanly possible. We’ll have more luck turning Gene Green’s district red this go-round given the demographic shifts in that area..

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you want to understand people like Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee and how hopeless is the notion that she or the people in her district will change, you must read “Gang Leader for a Day” by Sudhir Venkatesh. This book is about a grad student who hung out with drug-dealing gangs and got to understand their way of life and that of the other project residents. While I read this book so many things that puzzled me about ghetto blacks became clear. It’s worth a read — you’ll understand the mindset that returns an idiot like SJL to a seat in the federal gov’t again and again.

  6. Carlos says:

    Anon: Does that apply to the Bay Area, too? I mean, they keep dumping such wretches as Boxer, Feinstein and Pelousy on the rest of the nation, and it’s difficult to figure out if it’s pure stupidity, pure meanness and contempt for the rest of the nation, or both.

  7. thomas mc donnell says:

    is jackson really a graduate of yale university?

  8. RSweeney says:

    Ignorance can be cured.

    I suspect the congresswoman’s problem is actually stupidity, which sadly, is permanent.

  9. Huston says:

    I think SJL is repeatedly sent to Congress to provide the definition of stupid. Otherwise we might forget.

  10. Carlos says:

    “But it doesn’t change the fact that she’s dumber than a box of rocks.”

    Please stop dissing on rocks in boxes. They have a hard enough time just getting along without being compared to this walking encyclopedia of human waste.

  11. Annabelle Lee says:

    Sheila Jackson Lee is originally from New York. She is a YALE GRADUATE and a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW! (Affirmative action does not guarantee intelligence.)

  12. NMBobblehead says:

    School of law? She sounds like she got her degree on Ebay.

    Seriously, one of the main reason I support the 10th Amendment is just so geniuses like this in DC do not try to run local law for my own state. The more power we give (yes, give) to these career politicians, the worse off is the entire country.


  13. Carlos says:

    You give her too much credit, NM. She actually got her degree out of a box of Crackerjacks (paid for with your tax dollars, of course).

    Really, if this is the best Yale and Virginia can do, they should close the schools down and let their students beg for money on street corners – it’s less embarrassing!

    ‘Course, the flip side of this is that our affirmative action president’s knowledge of the Constitution is no more deep than Jackson Lee’s!

  14. Brontefan says:

    If you are a Dem, it is automatically understood that you are genius. IF BO’s grades were so damn impressive, why are they locked up? Far too many politicians in Washington debate without facts.

  15. Carlos says:

    I suspect Duh-1’s grades are locked up tighter than a drum because they contain some other information unkind to a sitting president, like place of birth, maybe, or acknowledged religion, or something of that sort that those of us on this side might wonder about.

    We should all know that it’s not his grades because of the affirmative action/inflated grading systems used by his schools.