Accuracy in Media

One thing has become clear in the two days since Roy Moore won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Alabama: The mainstream media does not know what to make of him.

On the day after the election, Chuck Todd warned America aboutw what Alabamians had just done.

“Roy Moore, where the phrase ‘Christian conservative’ doesn’t even begin to describe him, could very well be your next senator,” Todd said. “If you don’t understand just how freaked out some folks in the GOP and the White House are, then you don’t know Roy Moore. First off, he doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.”

Then Todd played a clip of Moore saying, “Our rights don’t come from government. They don’t come from the Bill of Rights. They come from Almighty God.”

Todd referred to these remarks as “a taste of what are very fundamentalist views that have gotten him removed from office, twice, as Alabama’s chief justice.”

What they were was solid proof Todd does not know why Moore was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and Moore knows more about the Constitution than Todd.

Moore was removed once for refusing to let a monument of the Ten Commandments be taken from the Alabama Supreme Court despite federal court orders that he do so and another time for asserting Alabama’s right as a state under the 10th amendment to ignore federal laws granting gay rights.

As for where our rights come from, Moore was on target.

Our rights do not come from government or the Bill of Rights, as Moore said. If government were the source of the rights, it would have the power to take them away.

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says, “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 is, man has unalienable rights – rights he cannot be alienated, or separated, from. Those rights were endowed – or given to him – not by government or any other source, but by the Creator. The U.S. Constitution made legally binding upon those charged with safeguarding liberty the principles and ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence.

The Bill of Rights also demonstrates the Founders understood the rights were natural and God-given. It does not explicitly provide any new rights. It merely asserts rights man already possesses “shall not be infringed” or that Congress “shall make no law abridging them.”

Coincidentally, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., pointed out the same thing to Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader, in a series of tweets the same day. Responding to reports that Russia used its tweet bots to sow racial antagonism from the left and right, Spencer tweeted, “In the minds of goober conservatives, the Russians are to blame for racial divisions.”

Sasse responded with an 11-part tweet storm that included some dandies.

“You don’t get America,” he tweeted. “You said, ‘You do not have some human right, some abstract thing given to you by God or something like that. Actually, that’s exactly what American declares we do have: People are the image-bearers of God, created with dignity & inalienable rights.”

Later, he added, “The celebration of universal dignity IS our culture, & it rejects your ‘white culture’ crybaby politics. It rejects all identity politics.”

But mainstream media focused on Moore’s victory and cried crocodile tears for what it might mean for Republican incumbents.

The mainstream media’s line, said former Clinton campaign guru-turned-Republican operative Dick Morris, will be that Moore’s victory will embolden far-right challengers around the country, but that Republicans should be wary of these candidates because they can’t win general elections.  

Sure enough, CNN quoted a series of moderate Republicans suggesting exactly that. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who lost her primary in 2010 but won as a write-in candidate, is quoted as saying she hopes Moore’s victory “was perhaps a one-off.”

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., trying to distance himself from Moore, added, “Obviously, I’m not enamored with his politics. I don’t think that’s the future of the Republican Party, that’s for sure.”

More likely, it is Flake who won’t be part of the future of the Republican Party as he trails Kelli Ward, a heretofore-little-known challenger who is enthusiastic about the president’s agenda, by 18 points.

Remember, damage to the GOP establishment does not equal damage to conservatism. Threats to incumbents do not mean threats to the majority.

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