Roy Moore’s primary victory in Alabama is terrifying progressives, and so the all-out assault on Moore and the Republican party has begun. Tripping over themselves to paint Moore as an extremist theocrat, some liberal anchors like MSNBC’s Chuck Todd are stepping in it.
On Wednesday evening’s episode of “Meet the Press,” Todd alleged that Moore “doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.”
“Roy Moore, where the phrase ‘Christian conservative’ doesn’t even begin to describe him,” Todd said, “could very well be your next U.S. senator.”
“If you don’t understand just how freaked out some folks in the GOP and in the White House are about what that means, then you don’t know Roy Moore,” he continued. “First off, he doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.”
Todd played video of the supposed damning quote from Moore, in which he said, “Our rights don’t come from the government, they don’t come from the Bill of Rights, they come from almighty God.”
“Now that’s just a taste of very fundamentalist views that have gotten him removed from office twice as Alabama’s chief justice,” Todd proclaimed.
If Roy Moore is a fundamentalist for believing our rights come from God, count every American Founder in Roy Moore’s extremist camp — especially Thomas Jefferson.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence. The understanding that our rights are given to us by God and that government exists to secure those rights, not to create them, was the understanding of the American Founders.
Curtis Houck, writing for NewsBusters, called Todd’s comments an “asinine, pants-on-fire assertion.” Houck is not wrong, but Todd’s view is the progressive view. It’s the view shared by former CNN host Carol Costello, who criticized President Trump for saying God “gave us life and liberty.”
“He said ‘it is God who gave us life and liberty’ … not, of course, the mere men who wrote the Constitution, and came up with the Constitution and our way of government,” Costello said in a segment reporting on President Trump’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Rejecting the Founders, progressives believe our rights are created by government. They need rights to be man-made, because if our rights come from men and not from God, they have no attachment to a higher moral law, and then “rights” can simply be created out of our selfish desires. In this way, there can be a ”right” to kill an unborn child … and have the government subsidize the exercise of that “right.” Or, some fundamental rights can be taken away in the name of progress, tolerance, or whatever double-minded excuse liberals come up with, such as the right of religious conscience objections.
Roy Moore doesn’t believe in the Constitution as progressives see it. He believes in the Constitution as the American Founders wrote it.
Chuck Todd isn’t the first progressive in the liberal media complex to demonstrate his constitutional illiteracy. He won’t be the last.
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.