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Debate with Conservative obsessed with constitutionality of health care as a right (VIDEO)

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My very Progressive program Politics Done Right has a substantial number of Conservative listeners. One of them called in about healthcare and likely did not get the response he expected.

A Conservative, Brad, called into Politics Done Right to challenge the constitutionality of healthcare as a right. He got more than he bargained for quickly.

Conservative schooled on the constitutionality of health care as a right

"I hear you and others at that station say health care is a right," a caller named Brad asked. "Am I correct about that?"

I confirmed that he was correct about what we stood for at our Progressive station KPFT 90.1 FM Houston.

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"Maybe I just skimmed too quickly," Brad said. "But when I read the constitution, I didn't see the word healthcare. So how is it a right?"

I pointed out that the Constitution alluded to it when it speaks about the "general welfare." I told him that people who always use the Constitution literally are usually trying to restrict one's rights. Others take an expansive view of the constitution to give as many human rights possible.

I made it very clear that I cherished humanity more so than the piece of paper written over a couple hundred years ago. I explained some unfortunate truths about the constitution.

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  1. Women did not get the right to vote until 1920 with the 19th amendment.
  2. Black people were considered three-fifths of a person.
  3. Under current interpretation, an artificial entity. a corporation is given many of the same rights given to an American human being.

I told the caller that I err on the side of humanity, not the literal words of the Constitution.

Later the caller wanted to assure me that he was not the TEA Party type. I made it clear that I did not care because my goal is not to preach to the choir but to those who need to be convinced or converted.

Many Conservatives tend to listen to my show or watch it on Facebook Live. It was clear that a seed was planted; That is how we change minds, one at a time by engaging respectfully.

Watch the entire episode of the show here.

 

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Egberto WilliesEgberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is "political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship". He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to accumulate wealth while (more...)
 

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The US needs to formally adopt the UN's UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, so that healthcare legally BECOMES a right; women become equal with men in the eyes of the law & in practical ways, not just to be drafted and lose separate bathrooms; and providing people with the wherewithal to survive becomes something the gov't is tasked with rather than an endless series of political footballs for the 1%'s representatives to toss around.

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Anyway, actual conservatives SHOULD LOVE single-payer healthcare, because it would be so much CHEAPER, and it would get better results (which would make it cheaper still).

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