Sheila Jackson Lee’s Original Take on the US Constitution
January 18, 2011 - 7:53 pm
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, B.A. Yale. J.D. University of Virginia, may not be the dumbest member of Congress, but it would be hard to defend her from such a characterization. Today, the American Spectator quotes her original (and utterly ridiculous) argument that it would be unconstitutional to repeal Obamacare:
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?”