I have wanted to post on this topic for quite some time but have lacked the time and energy to do so. This is just a brief treatment.
Mr. Michael Moore, documentarian extraordinaire, in the video here, makes several revealing statements that deserve to be vetted. I am sidestepping the issue of gun control (for now), which is really only tangential to the points that Moore makes regarding the Constitution itself. His view is quite typical among the political Left in America.
Moore says this: “I think, first of all this must seem odd to people in other countries that we view our Constitution as if it was written by God himself. That it was somehow, through some sort of divine intervention or whatever, it was etched in stone like Moses and the tablets. And because what they thought was right in 1776 to 1789, that is the way we have to live today in the 21st century,” Michael Moore said on the Tuesday night broadcast of CNN’s “Pier Morgan Tonight.”
His statement is fascinating to me personally, since as a Mormon I do happen to believe, wholeheartedly, that the Constitution was the result of divine intervention! After all, we have the voice of the Lord Himself in our modern scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants confirm to us the following:
4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the alaws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
5 And that alaw of the land which is bconstitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the aconstitutional law of the land;
(Doctrine and Covenants 98:4–6)
This is an article of doctrinal truth to me, that the Lord did inspire the creation of the United States of America and had a hand in its creation and founding. I know that this is preposterous to some people (indeed, even to some of my friends), yet it is part of my personal faith. I have a testimony that the USA is indeed an “exceptional” nation.
Yes, I do believe it seems quite odd to people in other countries that many Americans revere, respect, embrace, and love the Constitution. Many other countries have no respect for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, separation of powers, etc. And some have sounded the warning voice that we are starting to lose our freedom of religion here in the USA. If we lose it here in America, it will be lost to the world at large; no other nation champions freedom of religion like the United States of America.
What we have here are two polar opposite worldviews. One is primarily secular, politically progressive, and dismissive of rights that don’t mesh with their sentiments, generally intolerant of what is termed “traditional values”, which used to simply be known as “values” or morality.
The other worldview is informed by a reverence for God and morality, respect for life, devotion to political principles that have stood the test of time, traditional family and gender structures, etc.
There is really no middle ground where these two world views can be married up. And while I appreciate Michael Moore’s freedom to express his opinions regarding the American penchant for believing in the sanctity of the Constitution, he is absolutely dead wrong in supposing that we need 21st century wisdom to guide our thinking. While we have awesome technology, we have not made corresponding strides in moral advancement. We are not smarter than our forebears. Not by a long shot. Learning from the past is how ensure a better future for us and our posterity. This is something that Moore just doesn’t get.
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