You don’t have the right to own a telephone

From The Other McCain, Senator Mark Warner, making no sense at all:

But one thing, listen, there is,
there is no place in the Constitution that specifically says health care.
There’s no place in the Constitution that specifically says education.
There is no place in the competition, in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution
that talks about you ought to have the right to get a telephone, but we have made those choices as a country over the years.

I would really like to see the Senator Warner’s citation to the law, statute, court finding, etc. that suggests that you have a right to own a telephone.  What does that even mean?  I’m certainly not familiar with any rulings that say that, if you do not have a telephone, you have a right to have someone else provide one for you.  (Sure, some local gov’ts have decided to do so, for safety reasons I suppose, but there is no right to it). 

But, perhaps he means that you have a right to own one, in that the gov’t can’t take it away.  Well, the gov’t can’t take away a phone that you already have, at least not without providing you with just compensation, but there is no reason that Congress, with its almost unlimited commerce power, can’t prevent phones from being sold.  They just wouldn’t- that’s why we have elected officials that have to answer to us every now and again- so they don’t do stupid things that serve no purpose and we would hate. (Hahaha!  I really just said that, didn’t I?)

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