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:

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