Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama,Wealthredistribution and The Second Bill of Rights


We cannot be content...if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure...This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights...these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

These words from F.D.R's Jan.11,1944 state of the union address form the basis for the modern Democratic party's doctrine of economic and social equality otherwise known as "wealth redistribution".

Roosevelt contended that the fundamental political rights secured to us in the original Bill of Rights were inadequate to provide for the economic "right" of making a decent living,having a house,good medical care, and a good education. and proposed a "Second Bill of Rights"

No one can argue that these are goals that our nation should not strive for-but as Jesus said- "the poor will be with you always." F.D.R was wrong to assert the bill of rights did not provide for the rights to a job, home,health,education. I'm no legal scholar but the ninth amendment states...

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

My opinion is that these right didn't need to be secured by a second bill of rights but are already secured to them by the ninth amendment and indeed the entire Bill of Rights. People have the right to determine the path of their own life, and make life decisions, that will affect the achievement of the goals set out by Roosevelt.

In the times when the Constitution was written there was much poverty, poor health care, and education was something individuals had to pay for, do themselve, or do without. If the founders had thought that people had a "right" to a job, house,car,health care, and education they would have written it into the Constitution. They created the best environment they could-and in fact it has been the best in the world-for achieving the aforementioned goals.

Enter Barack Obama. Barack and the Liberals in Congress seem to think there are fundamental flaws in the constitution that need to be remedied. Many on the left seek a "Second Bill of Right.

Others on the other hand seem to think the way to go-and in fact they've been doing it for years-is to achieve them in the courts. But they are stymied by what they see as a flaw "the restrictions placed on the courts by the Constitution"!

These restrictions are not a flaw, rather they are something to be celebrated. These restrictions -so far- have kept federal judges and justices from seizing individual wealth and property for the purposes of meeting the goals of the Second Bill of Rights.

In my opinion these goals can be achieved-but not their way-but through the private sector,individual responsibility, and good old fashioned hard work.

Barack we don't need wealth redistribution, socialism, or Marxist Ideology. We need only to get back to the principles and ethics that made this country great!

We must guard freedom

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