Obamacare. Mandate / Tax, Death Panels and all!
It, like Carthage, must be destroyed. Thoroughly destroyed.
Ron Paul was one of seven so-called Republicans who voted against the Prenatal Non-discrimination Act (H.R. 3541) on the 30th of May, 2012.
It is currently legal in the U.S. to kill a child simply because that child is not of the desired sex. The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act would have changed that. (citation)
Ron Paul wants to leave my inherent right to life up to the States, because “they deal with all acts of violence.” (citation)
He believes that any protection of my life on the Federal level is curtailment of “States Rights”
He is wrong.
It is important to remember that the argument “leave it up to the States” is not new. Let’s look at where we have heard it before.
The 22nd Amendment to the constitution recognizing Women’s right to vote passed the senate on June 5, 1919.
The major argument tendered by the opposition was that the decision should be left to the states. The same states who had steadfastly refused to recognize the rights of half their citizens.
This from the NYT, back when they reported anything:
“During debate, Senator Wadsworth of New York, who has been an uncompromising opponent of woman suffrage, explained his attitude as being actuated by the motive of preserving to the States the right to determine the question, each State for itself.” (citation)
Despite Senator Wadsworth’s efforts, the 22nd. amendment was ratified. It did not create the Right of women to vote, it recognized it. Similarly, my right to life exists, whether the government recognizes it or not.
Consider the question of Slavery, the treatment of certain persons or classes of persons as inferior, property to be bought, sold and used as their masters willed. The practice of Slavery was specifically outlawed by the 13th amendment in 1865. Prior to that, the question had been left up to the States. As you may recall, this led to some unpleasantness.
The fact that the individual States said that slavery was OK did not make it any less evil. The people who were slaves in “slave states” did not have any fewer Rights than their contemporaries in “free states”, their Rights were just being actively denied by the State government. The 13th amendment did not create Rights for former Slaves, it recognized them.
So let’s just leave it up to the states shall we?
Such a convenient excuse.
There’s just one problem.
States do not have Rights.
Individual people have Rights.
They have Rights that are theirs just because they are human, not because of where they happen to be located physically on the map.
You have these rights even if your government does not recognize them. One of the things that makes America special is that she is based on the recognition of these rights.
On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights was ratified, thereby recognizing something extremely important – your innate rights.
Here we are going to consider the 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution, these parts deal with the relationships between the United States (i.e. the Federal government) the States, and the people who live in the States (“the people” or “citizens”).
9) The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
For instance: the Founding Fathers held certain ideas to be “self evident”, like the fact that all men are created equal (i.e. equal in their rights) and that all men have an inherent right to Life, to Liberty and to the Pursuit of Happiness. (c.f. the Declaration of Independence). The Federal government cannot take away these rights, because it did not create them.
Notice that “people” have “rights.”
10) The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Constitution created a Federal government with certain powers. These powers include the power to collect taxes, declare war, punish pirates, coin money etc. The Constitution also prohibits the States from engaging in certain activity, such as contracting alliances on their own account, or granting titles of nobility.
So what this means is that the Federal government has only those specific powers granted to it by the Constitution. Any and all other powers belong either to the States or to individual people.
Notice that “States” have “powers.” States do not have Rights.
14) Section 1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Nothing gives the States the right to oppress the people living in them. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. The States are not allowed to use their might, their powers, to deny you your innate human rights. If they try, they become unjust and have no authority.
It doesn’t get much clearer than this. Unless you are Ron Paul, who thinks that depriving unborn citizens of their lives, without due process of law, is a triumph of “States Rights.”
Which, as we have seen, do not exist.
Ron Paul’s attitude on the Life issue is the logical fruit of his fundamental dis-understanding of the Constitution, Rights and what America is. He likes to talk about the Constitution, but I have my doubts that he has ever read it. Maybe I should send him a copy.
He should be ashamed to show his face in public. He should be especially ashamed to seek the vote of anyone under the age of 39. Our lives mean less to him than lip-service to the non-existent concept of “States Rights.”
I value my life and his. He does not value my life. But he wants my vote.
I think its a good idea to keep track of the general idea of how doomed we all are. Bill Whittle presents the data admirably.
Yes, Mark Steyn is one my favorite people to read or listen to, he has such a great accent and he is so good at stringing his thoughts together!