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May 17 2014

DeLay Doubles Down on the Lies

Tom DeLay recently claimed that “God created this nation [and] that He wrote the Constitution.” That’s a monumentally stupid thing to say, but he’s not backing down. And he went on the radio show of David Barton, who lies about history more than any man alive, to offer an equally ridiculous defense of his claim:

Today, Tom DeLay appeared on “WallBuilders Live” to defend himself from the mockery he received for having declared earlier this year that God founded America and wrote the Constitution, telling host Rick Green that God is going to use conservative Christians to lead “a revolution for the Constitution.”

During the conversation, DeLay repeated his claim that “the Constitution was created by God” and then noted that he came under attack from the Left for saying this not too long ago even though, he insisted, he was absolutely right.

“Alexander Hamilton himself said that the Declaration and the Constitution were written as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of divinity itself,” DeLay triumphantly declared. “So I’m just quoting him.”

As Right Wing Watch points out, Hamilton said that in 1775, so he couldn’t possibly have been talking about either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. And by the way, Hamilton was not one of the signers of the Declaration. It seems perfectly appropriate that he did this on Barton’s radio show.

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  1. 1
    dingojack

    “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”
    Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted 1775.

    Dingo

  2. 2
    wordsgood

    “Can’t back down now, that would just look stoopid!”

  3. 3
    machintelligence

    God should be complimented on his humility: He never mentioned himself even once in the US Constitution, even though He wrote it Himself. You can hardly get more self-effacing than that.

  4. 4
    Pierce R. Butler

    … Hamilton said that in 1775, so he couldn’t possibly have been talking about either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.

    Ed thinks that GOD ALMIGHTY could not have possibly given His prophet a Sacred Vision of the Future.

    Silly Ed!

  5. 5
    Trebuchet

    Of course, those sacred rights of mankind don’t apply to black people, brown people, Jews, Muslims, gay people, or, of course, to people with uteruses.

  6. 6
    Moggie

    machintelligence:

    God should be complimented on his humility: He never mentioned himself even once in the US Constitution, even though He wrote it Himself. You can hardly get more self-effacing than that.

    That’s how it works with holy ghost writers.

  7. 7
    sbh

    As dingojack noted above, this is misquoted from Alexander Hamilton’s second published work, The Farmer Refuted (1775). Hamilton is arguing for the existence of rights even in the absence of specific documents supporting them (the section in bold is in small caps in Hamilton’s works):

    It is true, that New-York has no charter. But if it could support its claim to liberty in no other way, it might, with justice, plead the common principles of colonization: for it would be unreasonable to seclude one colony from the enjoyment of the most important privileges of the rest. There is no need, however, of this plea. The Sacred Rights of Mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of the Divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.

    He is thus not referring to any actual documents of any kind as being written by the Hand of the Divinity, including of course the then-unwritten Declaration of Independence or Constitution.

  8. 8
    donkensler

    Dingo @#1

    And of course the most important of these sacred rights is the right of straight white men (and properly servile women) to own, oh, AK-47s, RPG launchers, oh hell tactical nukes while we’re at it.

  9. 9
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    DeLay repeated his claim that “the Constitution was created by God”

    Whelp, that sure explains that First Amendment clause where the government is expressly forbidden from establishing a national religion and can’t make any laws on religion and everyone has free choice of religion and the right to practice their own without govt interference and all then don’t it?

    Oh wait ..

  10. 10
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Daming I’m missing religion.

    The use of the word ‘religion in that sentence there before the “oh wait” anyhow.

  11. 11
    busterggi

    If god hadn’t written the DoI and the Constitution the Teddy Roosevelt wouldn’t have signed them.

  12. 12
    neonsequitur

    Is it possible for DeLay (or anyone else) to screw up American history any worse than Barton?

  13. 13
    felidae

    Methinks Tommy Boy inhaled too much when he was gassing termites in Sugar Land, Texas and that stuff pureed his brain

  14. 14
    sigurd jorsalfar

    @5 Trebuchet – Nor do they apply to people in other countries. For some reason God only saw fit to write the US Constitution. Everyone else was left to manage on their own.

  15. 15
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @neonsequitur #12:

    Have you heard Cliven Bundy’s version?

  16. 16
    johnhodges

    In his, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” [1787-1788],
    John Adams wrote:
    “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 influence 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.
    “. . . Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.”

  17. 17
    Ichthyic

    God is going to use conservative Christians to lead “a revolution for the Constitution.”

    They just did.

    It was called: Operation American Spring.

    I hear tens of millions overthrew the American government.

  18. 18
    Kermit Sansoo

    sigurd jorsalfar: @5 Trebuchet – Nor do they apply to people in other countries. For some reason God only saw fit to write the US Constitution. Everyone else was left to manage on their own.
    [smug]
    Abusive Daddy loves us more than the other kids.
    [/smug]

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