“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.”
Whether or not you believe in god ( and you will notice that Mr. Jefferson omitted god from that quote above and instead said “creator”, because Thomas and most of our nation’s early founders were Deists, and not Christians as some would like us to believe. )
They believed in a creator, as much of the world’s religions agree on, so used that word to include all who agree with it, from Druids to Muslims to Christians, and all of these religions also agree on a great law, the so called Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you” This quote is from Matthew, but it is the basis of every religion to the best of my knowledge.
We all pretty much agree with these thoughts, everyone from the lowest to the highest of us, but the problem lies in defining that “happiness” that we are all pursuing, and integrating that “pursuit” with the other rules for living given to us. If we are to follow the Golden Rule we must act with the intent to allow others those famous rights quoted by Mr. Jefferson. We must allow others the right to Life, and all that right allows. We cannot allow others to deny that right to us and our neighbor. We must allow others the right to Liberty, and all that allows. The Liberty to act to prevent others from denying these rights which were endowed to us by our Creator, whatever, or whomever we consider that creator to be.
If we do these things, and only if we do these things, we can enjoy that last and most important right, the pursuit of happiness. If we believe in our nation, and we believe in the rights that it was founded on, we must act like we believe in them, and stop those who would deny us and our neighbor those rights.
Evangelicals love a president who cheats on all of his wives, brags about assaulting women by grabbing their pussies, and pays hush money to a porn star to keep her from talking to the press about his sex affair with her. Tony Perkins of the right-wing Family Research Council, said Trump gets “a do-over” because evangelicals “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists.” But Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chair, has one thing to say to evangelicals about their unwavering support for the unfaithful Trump: “I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again,” he said on MSNBC.
“After telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter, the grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter, the outright behavior and lies don’t matter, just shut up!” Steele blasted.
“They have no voice of authority anymore for me,” Steele concluded.
Steele knows the truth: Trump’s sanctimonious base has made it clear that they will support Trump no matter what he says or does, and they’ll never stop scolding everyone (but Trump) about family values, either.
Ex-GOP chair tells Trump-supporting evangelicals to”‘shut the hell up!”