Ted Cruz is quickly distinguishing himself as one of the most far-right members of the Senate and the more his father speaks in public, the more obvious it is to see where he gets it from. At a recent religious right rally, he said that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were divinely inspired.
Cruz closed by declaring that “outside of the Bible,” the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were the most important documents that had ever been written.
“And the reason is,” Cruz explained, “they were written on the knees of the Framers. The Framers were seeking divine revelation from God, that’s why the Declaration and the Constitution have lasted over 230 years because they were divine revelation from God.”
Hmmm. Let’s see what John Adams, who, unlike Cruz was actually there for the drafting of both documents, has to say about that:
The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…
Turns out Adams was naive. It is indeed pretended that the framers were under the inspiration of heaven.