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CNN's Carol Costello gives snapshot of constitutional illiteracy

Conservative Review

I confess that today I was … triggered.

Watching CNN in the office, as is my habit while I work, I heard Carol Costello repeat a common claim made by those on the Left who have zero understanding of the American founding. In this particular segment of “CNN Newsroom,” she asked her guests about something President Trump said today.

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president said that the people in that room were united by their common humanity. “We are not just flesh and bone and blood, we are human beings with souls,” he said. 

“Our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God.”

And Costello found that strange.

“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.”

As is typical for the Left (and media), Costello fundamentally misunderstands the American founding — the cornerstone principles of the American republic.

What exactly were those “mere men” thinking when they put the founding documents of our government together? To understand the philosophy of the United States Constitution, you must first consult the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: 

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.

You see, in the social-compact theory adopted by our Founding Fathers, government does not exist to confer rights upon the people. Those rights preexist government. They are God-given — bestowed upon by the Creator.

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