Rev. Jesse Jackson got an “F” in Civics and jeopardized his “Reverend” status during an interview with Sean Hannity last Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Hannity and Jackson discussed the controversial party platform floor vote in which the word “God” was returned and Jerusalem was reaffirmed as the capitol of Israel.
After Jackson told Hannity several times that he’s not sure why the convention should be focused on the word “God,” or any name attributed to God, Hannity reminded him that the nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, includes the phrase, “We are endowed by our Creator.”
“Maybe it shouldn’t have been the word ‘creator’ in the first place,” Jackson replied.
The complete sentence in the declaration reads, “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.”
If, in Jackson’s opinion, our most fundamental rights don’t come to us from God, from where do they come? They can’t come from government. The preamble to the Constitution clearly affirms that people created our government, and Article I grants from the people to government certain explicit, enumerated powers. Therefore, our most basic rights are those that we retain, and don’t turn over to the government.
But setting aside the principles of logic and the vagaries of Constitutional law, my mind keeps returning to the title “Reverend” that Jackson uses before his name. To quote Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride,” “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”
Here’s a video of the conversation.
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