Skip to comments.Sunstein: Obama Wants 'Second Bill of Rights' (modeled after 1944 FDR State of the Union speech)
Posted on 01/29/2013 10:48:42 AM PST by drewh
Former Obama administration regulatory czar Cass Sunstein has published an op-ed: that the president wants a "second Bill of Rights" alongside the existing one.
Sunstein located the source of Obama's inspiration in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 State of the Union address, rather than the South African constitution--though the American academics whose writings inspired South Africa's ambitious Bill of Rights could well have taken Roosevelt's proposals as their foundation.
Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights--not a list of constitutional amendments, but policy goals--was as follows:
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
In the 1990s, some conservatives were urging that states vote for a new constitutional convention, and I believe that some did so. If that were to happen, this is the kind of crap we’d get.
And my answer to obtaining all these rights? “Start your own business”.
Is Barry Soetoro going to try and stack the US Supreme Court as well?
...and we can achieve these goals by taking from each according to his ability, and giving to each according to his need.
This IS satire, right? Oh wait, we have a Commie president, I forgot.
WHAT... THE... F*$%ING... HELL... IS... THIS?
The Bill of Rights is an affirmation of preexisting rights that are unassailable and the birthright of every person born. They include the RIGHT to defend oneself, the RIGHT to speak freely, the RIGHT to assemble with whomever you wish, the RIGHT to practice religion in whatever manner you wish. These are things that cannot be taken away. They are not subject to market factors or money.
This malarkey is feel-good, plastic banana, good time, rockin’ roller (thanks, Rush) garbage. They can’t possibly uphold ANY of this without infringing on someone’s rights.
We have the rights to life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. There’s no guarantee of success ANYWHERE in our country’s history. It’s your right to pursue that success. It’s not your right to infringe on others’ liberty for your personal gain.
Yes, he is. Set your watch and start timing now; it won’t be long.
I want a small mansion, a houseboat and a new car .... wait, this isn’t a dream thread?
The Constitution is a document that restricts government. The Bill of Rights was the original statement of “NO”.
Bastardizing it into a set of inflexible, virtually unchangeable “policy goals” is a disaster.
We can already see Cass Sunstein’s work in action as Obama rides roughshod over the current Bill of Rights.
As one of the makers rather than the takers, that looks like an awfully big list of obligations for me with one hell of a bill attached to it.
NY has been opting for a new state convention...mostly about casinos...but I’d say they’re going to really stick it to us on every fag, female and financial issue.
Sunstain believes in libertarian paternalism. This phrase means that statists plan to do to the word libertarian what they did to the word liberal. Heres how Buttstain explains it:
The idea of libertarian paternalism might seem to be an oxymoron, but it is both possible and legitimate for private and public institutions to affect behavior while also respecting freedom of choice. Often peoples preferences are ill-formed, and their choices will inevitably be influenced by default rules, framing effects, and starting points. In these circumstances, a form of paternalism cannot be avoided. Equipped with an understanding of behavioral findings of bounded rationality and bounded self-control, libertarian paternalists should attempt to steer peoples choices in welfare-promoting directions without eliminating freedom of choice. It is also possible to show how a libertarian paternalist might select among the possible options and to assess how much choice to offer.
In other words, our authoritarian masters will be libertarian by letting us decide if we want our cot on the left side of the cell or the right side.
Cass Sunstein truly is the most dangerous man in America-possibly the world
Oh, no! He’s going to change the Constitution by EO! It’s TEOTWAWKI, CHTF! The end is near! LOL! More hysteria from the left. Let’s ignore it, write our congressmen about real bills and do something normal today. ;-)
There are way too many references to work or jobs in that to be accepted today.
FDR is the reason America is in the MESS it’s in today.
“The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health”
This works awesome-time when you have a SLAVE class to do the work for free. Baby Mama’s rights end where mine begin.
This wish list, if he actually pushes it, would move me beyond the realm of negotiation and into the reality of separation.
You are absolutely right on that one. A ConCon would be a total crapshoot in terms of the outcome. With a large and growing taker class, something that looks like this would no doubt emerge.