Friday, July 10, 2009

Right-winger argues that food is not a basic human rght.

I love how this silly little right winger attempts to make an almost fact free argument against a public option in health caring claiming that, "public support is swaying against the health plan".

The truth is that 76% of the public favour a public option. That is simply a fact. And Jillian Bandes is seriously twisting those facts to make the argument that she is making.

Bandes comes across as shrill and half witted. Jane Hamsher states that health care is "a basic human right" which leads Bandes to cry out, "Should food be a basic human right?"

Erm, as human beings die without food I think it's undeniable that food should be a basic human right. That was certainly the opinion expressed in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the U.N. in 1948.

It states:

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food.”
The US is a signatory to that declaration.

I really am left stunned that Bandes can be selfish enough to even publicly make the arguments that she is making. She obviously has simply no shame. Most of us respond to hunger in Africa by sending what money we can to aid the starving. Bandes is arguing that food is not even a basic human right. Astonishing.

Hat tip to Think Progress.

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