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house Bill H. Joint Res. 54

Should the Constitution Be Amended to Include the Right to Housing, Healthcare, Education & Nutrition?

Argument in favor

The right to housing, healthcare, education, and nutrition are easily recognized on their face as human rights worth enshrining in the U.S. Constitution as an amendment. While the U.S. is already a signatory on international conventions recognizing the rights this amendment would recognize, those international agreements are nonbinding and don’t have the force of law domestically.

Thelma's Opinion
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07/04/2019
It’s already in the preamble, but not spelled out. “We the people of the United States”...”promote the general Welfare”... So welfare IS in the constitution, and as Americans we are supposed to provide it. Republicans gave welfare the ugly racist overtones it now has. But it couldn’t hurt to spell it out.
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07/04/2019
These are minimal necessities for survival. The bigger issue, is that most of these necessities are kept unattainable to most, due to the 1% Control over the Capitalist markets that they control, as well as the politics the 1% Control. On top of that, the 1% and corporations have bastardized food for profits, such that the food available to most citizens, is synthetic chemicals (Franken-food), that is causing major health problems, in which Republicans and 1% have kept away from Citizens and made unattainable.
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Sharon's Opinion
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07/04/2019
Isn’t that, in part, what “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” means?
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Argument opposed

The Constitution already recognizes the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — which can easily be interpreted as including the rights to housing, healthcare, education, and nutrition without a politically daunting ratification process. Additionally, the U.S. is already a signatory on international conventions recognizing the rights that’d be included in this proposed Constitutional amendment.

BacktotheRight's Opinion
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07/04/2019
No. Having s pulse doesn’t guarantee you anything other than one day you won’t have a pulse. Life requires work and great things require dedication and perseverance. If you aren’t willing to put in the work and struggle you don’t earn those benefits. Things can’t just be handed out to everyone. I don’t want a 68% tax rate like all these European countries that do guarantee all of these things. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
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Tommy's Opinion
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07/04/2019
Is this a joke? Are they just putting things like this up to keep us on our toes? I say this! Human rights is not the rights to anything tangible it is the right to be human! It is the right live or die rise or fall on your own terms and by your own merits. This is the land of opportunity not free stuff. If any bill like this ever gets off the ground I will disappear into the woods and barring that find another way to fight. To strip the need for individual merits, for competition and cooperation is to strip our humanity
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Doug's Opinion
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07/04/2019
This proposal is not needed. You are free to pursue these under the constitution and that is the same thing. If you are saying that government and by extension taxpayers are required to provide these to anyone, you are out of your ever-loving mind!
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Title

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States recognizing and securing the fundamental right to life, liberty, and property, which includes housing, health care, education, and nutrition.

Official Title

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States recognizing and securing the fundamental right to life, liberty, and property, which includes housing, health care, education, and nutrition.

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      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMarch 28th, 2019
    It’s already in the preamble, but not spelled out. “We the people of the United States”...”promote the general Welfare”... So welfare IS in the constitution, and as Americans we are supposed to provide it. Republicans gave welfare the ugly racist overtones it now has. But it couldn’t hurt to spell it out.
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    No. Having s pulse doesn’t guarantee you anything other than one day you won’t have a pulse. Life requires work and great things require dedication and perseverance. If you aren’t willing to put in the work and struggle you don’t earn those benefits. Things can’t just be handed out to everyone. I don’t want a 68% tax rate like all these European countries that do guarantee all of these things. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
    Like (144)
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    Is this a joke? Are they just putting things like this up to keep us on our toes? I say this! Human rights is not the rights to anything tangible it is the right to be human! It is the right live or die rise or fall on your own terms and by your own merits. This is the land of opportunity not free stuff. If any bill like this ever gets off the ground I will disappear into the woods and barring that find another way to fight. To strip the need for individual merits, for competition and cooperation is to strip our humanity
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    This proposal is not needed. You are free to pursue these under the constitution and that is the same thing. If you are saying that government and by extension taxpayers are required to provide these to anyone, you are out of your ever-loving mind!
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    These are minimal necessities for survival. The bigger issue, is that most of these necessities are kept unattainable to most, due to the 1% Control over the Capitalist markets that they control, as well as the politics the 1% Control. On top of that, the 1% and corporations have bastardized food for profits, such that the food available to most citizens, is synthetic chemicals (Franken-food), that is causing major health problems, in which Republicans and 1% have kept away from Citizens and made unattainable.
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    No, the Constitution should not be changed to included communist fantasies.
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    That means the right to Welfare actually! Right? I say NO! How about get a damned job!
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    No. This is socialism and it doesn’t work.
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    People should have to work for these things. Our country is heading in the wrong direction with these liberal movements. We already have taxes that are too high with less than half of us paying into the system. These are not government funded programs, they are tax payer funded!
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    Isn’t that, in part, what “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” means?
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    As a philosophy or as a resolution to guide legislation this is great. A constitutional amendment is a very big deal and, even though it has no chance of being ratified, needs a lot of thought regarding unintended consequences. For example, I could make an argument to increase the price of my exclusive wonder drug by 10,000%, and “constitutionally” collect these fees for years while the courts adjudicate the validity of my pricing. As a developer, I could provide housing padded with arguably “constitutional” necessities. I can see property developers and drug manufacturers licking their chops should this amendment be ratified. I think in general terms, ‘“the pursuit of happiness” and “provide for the general welfare” constitutional phrases broadly address the resolutions. I do not oppose this amendment but I find it difficult to endorse without a great deal of study and thought about potentially adverse consequences and the requisite restructuring of governmental agencies and processes to support it.
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    Of course not, that would be overkill!! The rights are already in place. Opportunity abounds for all those who employ personal responsibility to improve their lives.
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    I’m opposed to amending our constitution for garbage like this. Education isn’t the job of Federal government, nor nutrition; that’s the parents job, healthcare is the individual states responsibility. #MAGA
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    It’s the patriotic thing to do! And if any of you out there or religious or have certain morals the ethics, helping thy neighbor Is a beautiful thing to do. It creates a sense of community. This would help the overall morale and togetherness of our country. I am all for this! :-)
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    No, the Bill of Rights is a negative list, not a positive one. The list says what government cannot do to us, not what it should do for us. JFK ask not what it can do for you! When government must do, that requires it to take from others to do it. So to say you get free food, healthcare, whatever, someone had to have it taken from them first. So I lose food, so you can have it? I have less healthcare, so you get free aspirin? Government doesn’t make anything, earns nothing, cannot make wealth. Thus, it can only provide for its citizens by stealing it from those that produce, earn, make. NO!
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    We have the right to access it. We do not have a right to be given them.
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    A constitutional amendment to add socialism to our constitution? No way!!!
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    Yes, we need to take care of the 99% before giving our money to the 1% and large corporations. Enough is enough, the 99% has given so much to this country and has received so little while the rich get richer the rest of us keep loosing our standards of living and much more.
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    First off it would not pass and is a waste of time and taxpayers money. Get Government out of people’s lives. Governments job is to protect America and YOU can’t even do that right. You won’t build a wall and you give more money to illegal immigrants than you do to retirees? Shame on you and your politics to stay in power and sell America out for Voters.
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    No. Nobody has the right America owes you nothing. You owe America:- To get off your ass and WORK and “ Make America Great Again “.
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