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NBC’s Chuck Todd just Proved He Knows Nothing about the Constitution or Our History

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd does not have to be a genius or have a Ph.D. in history to know that our founders believed that our rights do not come from the State or any other human institution, and that includes the Supreme Court.

They would have been horrified to think that after all the work they did to establish this nation that someone who has the public’s ear doesn’t know this fundamental fact.

Even though some of the founders were not Christians, almost all of them believed in God and that our rights were a gift from Him, not an endowment from any government. They made this clear in the Declaration of Independence:

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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

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Rights are a gift from God and governments are designed to secure these God-given rights. Our nation’s foundational document couldn’t be clearer. And for good measure, the Declaration goes on to mention the following:

  • “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
  • “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions.”
  • “for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

There is no excuse for someone like Chuck Todd not to know this history. Here’s a way for him to catch up:

Todd has described Judge Roy Moore, who just won the Alabama Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate, as an extremist. Why is that? “First off,” Todd said, “he doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.” Todd was reacting to the following comment from Judge Moore:

“Our rights don’t come from the government, they don’t come from the Bill of Rights, they come from almighty God.”

If this is not correct, then from whom or what does Chuck Todd think our rights come from? The Declaration of Independence says they come from God. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to secure rights already given by God, not to create rights. If a government can create rights; it can take them away…


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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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