CNN’s Cuomo Deceitfully Attacks America’s Founding Principles

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Though at the moment he is as a personality in the elitist faction’s so-called news media, Chris Cuomo is the offspring of one of the would-be dynastic houses in what I call the elitist faction. That’s the tyrannical oligarchy now seeking to be the “dictator to the common man” (as pollster Pat Caddell recently put it). The CNN anchor recently took part in what developed into a testy confrontation with Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of Alabama. (FYI, my latest WND column explores the sound Constitutional logic behind Chief Justice Moore’s refusal to surrender the powers and antecedent rights of His State and its people, powers and rights explicitly protected by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.)

In the course of the confrontation, Justice Moore alluded to the famous acknowledgment, in the American Declaration of Independence, that all human beings are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Cuomo interrupted him to say:

Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man….Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.

After denying that rights come from God, Cuomo says words that imply that he and Chief Justice Moore are of the same faith. Knowing the Chief Justice as I do, I can safely say that the touchstone of his faith is Jesus Christ, who, when Pontius Pilate asserted life and death authority over him said: “You would have no authority over me if it were not given you from above.” (John 19:11) In conformity with this St. Paul writes “there is no authority but from God, for beings are set in order by God.” (Romans 13:1) Contrary to Cuomo’s false assertion, the founding premises of the United States are entirely consonant with this understanding of political authority, including the implication that anyone purporting to act with lawful authority, but whose actions depart from God’s ordering, does not in truth have the authority they claim.

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The words and actions of all the greatest American statesmen, champions of justice, and political leaders in every era until the present day, prove that Cuomo’s denial of God as the source of human rights is simply untrue. If made with malice aforethought, it is an intentional lie. In any case, it defames the achievements and sacrifices of Americans in every generation, especially those who gave their lives in defense of God-endowed right in the Civil War, and every war our nation has waged against various forms of human bondage.

Given his well-known family name, as well as his own prominence in the elitist faction media, I sadly suspect that Cuomo’s statement is the first sign that that faction’s would-be oligarchs mean to bring their heretofore slyly indirect offensive against the moral principles of the American Declaration of Independence, out of the shadows. Once the foundational principles that justify the Constitutional sovereignty and self-government of the American people have been openly discarded, the explicit abrogation of their liberty cannot be far behind.

(Contrary to the false hopes encouraged by its advocates, I believe that if an Article V Constitutional convention is called during this era of insidious political betrayal and intentional moral amnesia, it will certainly be hijacked by the elitist faction. They will use it to cut us off from the principles of ’76. Those principles which have repeatedly recalled the American republic to its true moorings, thereby refreshing the moral courage and good will of the American people. )

In every respect Christopher Cuomo’s statement reflects the purposes and assumptions of the elitist faction’s ongoing assault on the liberty of the American people. In the days when God’s authority was invoked to justify absolute monarchy, and/or the despotism of the elitist few, specious calls on the authority of God were useful to tyrants. They deployed them to legitimize their abusive governance.

But over the centuries the logic of Christian faith encouraged a better understanding of God’s authority. It inspired ideas of God-endowed unalienable right, and of self-government implemented by elected representatives of people determined to pursue the exercise (implementation) of right. These ideas emboldened the heretofore subservient majority of the people to unbow their heads, look their erstwhile lords and masters in the eye, and insist upon their due share in God’s legacy of justice.

People came to see the political import of the praise with which Mary responded to her vocation from God, when she said “He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.” (Luke 1:51-52) A new moral courage took root from the Biblical affirmation of humanity’s vocation to represent the image of God; and in the confirmation of man’s capacity for just self-government, provided by the example, in human form, of Jesus Christ, God’s Word made flesh.

The logic of Christ’s example extended the title to rule (i.e., to be the measure by which justice is meted out) beyond the occult properties of carnal blood (lordly lineage). Instead, right ruler-ship is conveyed by properties of the spirit, moral heart and conscience. Lordly lineage is established in relation to the Lord, by adoption into the family of God Himself. Any person willing to walk righteously in the sight of God, including, as St. Paul says, those who “do by nature the things contained in the law; who, having not the law, are a law to themselves, showing the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them…” (Romans 2:14-15); anyone willing, in Lincoln’s phrase “to do right as God gives us to see the right”; or who commits himself to the exercise (implementation) of right, is entitled on that account to be part of the body politic, empowered to make judgments about right and wrong, justice and injustice. For those willing to walk in obedience to God’s right defining will follow His law, even though they may not explicitly perceive the provisions their good will leads them to enact.

Jesus Christ is the name of one who is priest and prophet, but also, by his provenance from God, the once and future King of all created things. All who show by their exercise (implementation) of right that they have the mind in them that was in Christ (i.e., a mind that makes God’s will their own) can partake of his kingly authority. They are therefore entitled to a share in the decision making power constituted by the good will of all who consent to be governed, as Christ was, by the will of his Father.

[In Part II of this essay I discuss examples of the historic importance of the Declaration’s logic in efforts to advance liberty and justice in the United States.]

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Dr. Alan Keyes
Once a high-level Reagan-era diplomat, Alan Keyes is a long-time leader in the conservative movement. He is well-known as a staunch pro-life champion and an eloquent advocate of the constitutional republic, including respect for the moral basis of liberty and self-government. He has worked to promote an approach to politics based on the initiative of citizens of goodwill consonant with the with the principles of God-endowed natural right.

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