In a feat of intellectual vapidity that was stunning even by mainstream media standards, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd demonstrated that he had about as much knowledge of American history as Chuck E. Cheese when he took to the airwaves to sound the alarm about Roy Moore, who just bumped off GOP establishment incumbent Luther Strange in the Alabama Senate primary last Monday.
Specifically, Todd expressed concern that Moore—who has made no secret of his religious beliefs—is such a Christian fundamentalist that he doesn’t even believe in the Constitution as written. His basis for that opinion? Moore thinks that rights come from God, not government.
You don’t say!
“Those are just a taste of what are very fundamentalist views that have gotten him removed from office twice as Alabama’s chief justice,” Todd intones. What he seems to forget, however, is that the Founding Fathers pretty much held the exact same views. Or, as they put it 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.
Just in case Todd missed it, that’s Creator with a capital “C,” which rhymes with “G” and that stands for “God.” And lest anyone miss out on just how profound a concept this is, keep in mind that it provides the entire basis for the Bill of Rights, which assumes that since rights are derived from God, they cannot be revoked by any government.
As an elite commentator on the passing political scene, Chuck Todd should know this. And given the way he delivers his missive, with the clipped tones and smug superiority of a college professor lecturing first year students on critical gender studies, he tries really hard to give his audience the impression that he’s an expert on the subject. In reality, though, it’s all a con job—because if Todd actually knew the first thing about the Constitution, he would have understood that Moore’s views on rights aren’t so radical.
In other words, Chuck Tood isn’t nearly as smart as he’d like you to believe.
That there was nobody on his staff to stop him from saying something so obviously wrong doesn’t bode too well for the network, either. After all, these are the same folks who see it as their solemn duty to tell everyone what to think, how to act, who to vote for. Shoudn’t they hire at least a few people who know what the hell they’re talking about?
In the meanwhile, Chuck, you might want to actually read our founding documents before pontificating on them—or at least get one of your producers to do it. You’re getting way too old to make rookie mistakes.