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So it started with this comment to a post on the #righttokeepandbeararms:

"People, our rights were given us by the #Constitution. Those rights you are talking about were NOT given by #God!"
There are folks who believe this claim to be true. For example, @ChrisCuomo, who famously declared on his news program, "our rights do not come from God." (He offered no explanation of why #ThomasJefferson was wrong to claim that they do, in the #DeclarationofIndependence.)
But the assertion that our rights come from the Constitution would be #foreign to those that drafted, debated, and ratified the #BillofRights:
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It is NOT true that #ThomasJefferson excised ALL of Jesus’ miracles from his so-called “bibles” (abridgements of the Gospels). Even if it was true, it is not entirely clear to me what it says about Jefferson or his goals in abridging the Gospels. #JeffersonBible
“Life and Morals of Jesus,” e.g., one of Jefferson’s “bibles,” includes Luke 14:4 (in French), reporting that Jesus healed a man with dropsy. (NB: the precise contents of "Philosophy of Jesus,” another Jefferson “bible,” is unknown, but its table of texts includes Luke 14:1-6.)
“Jefferson Bible” is a title some have given to one or both of two abridgements of the Gospels created by Thomas Jefferson, circa 1804 and 1820 respectively, by cutting selected passages from printed New Testaments, rearranging them, and then pasting them onto blank pages. #Bible
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@EricHolder has asked an important question:

#When was #America #ever #great?

I realize that there is a nearly unavoidable tendency to snort and spew one's coffee when they hear or read his question for the first time. But, honestly, isn't it worth the exercise to answer it?
So, @EricHolder, I'm going to do just that, and I'm going to ask my ragtag bag of followers and detractors to contribute as well.

I'm going to offer my evidence of moments of American greatness. And I'm going to ask those that read this thread to do the same.
But wait!

There's more!

I'm going to ask my detractors and antagonists (are you seeing this @fedupaton) to contribute as well, and will welcome from them both moments of greatness and moments of shame.
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