I’m putting this out there again because it bears repeating: when you control the language, you control the argument:

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So last night, intellectual giant and space exploration scholar Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said this:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took to the House floor Monday night and implied that the right to health care and education exists in the Constitution.

Ms. Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, also made the case that the moral authority for such services is also derived from the Declaration of Independence.

“One might argue that education and health care fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said.

Ms. Jackson Lee added, “I think that what should be continuously emphasized is the president’s leadership on one single point: that although health care was not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right.”

Now, let me blow your mind:  she’s right.

Your Constitutional rights are not limited to what is written in the Constitution.  That’s a non-starter.

I have a right to a car.  Cars are not in the Constitution.  See where I’m going.

Here’s where the problem lies.  We have allowed the left to change the definition of the word “rights.”

“Rights” are something you are born with, not something delivered to you by government.

When I say I have a right to a car, that means as a free man, the government should not interfere with my purchase of a car.

It does not mean if I can’t afford it, the government should furnish it.

Why not?

Because you do not have a Constitutional right to someone else’s labor, meaning just because you have a right to an education or a car, you cannot force someone to teach you against their will, nor should you be able to force someone to surrender their property so you can own a 1967 21 Window VW Sunroof Samba with Safari Windows and minigun.

Having a right to something does not equal being entitled to it.  But we have let the left convince millions it does.

And thus, they control the debate because we don’t push back on it correctly.  We simply say, “YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE!!”

Yes.  We do.

Let me help you make this paradigm shift.  Do you think the government should be able to interfere with your access to health care?  Do you think the government should have any input in the treatment of your illnesses?  Do you think the government has the power to prevent you from receiving treatment you think is necessary or desirable?

If you said “No,” it’s because you believe you have a right to health care, and that means the government can’t muck around in it.

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Stick around.  That happens a lot around here.