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'In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.'
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Say What?

So you know, Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor at Tulane. And has taught at Princeton and the University of Chicago. All of which should be an indication that she's intelligent.

But maybe not.

Make sense of this - from the now-MSNBC host - if you can:
MSNBC host: Paul Ryan quoting Thomas Jefferson a ‘lovely thing’ for ‘a wealthy white man’
By Jeff Poore, The Daily Caller

On a special broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Saturday, weekend morning host Melissa Harris-Perry expressed her displeasure with the selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

In particular, Harris-Perry took issue with Ryan quoting Thomas Jefferson’s line in the Declaration of Independence, in which he declared rights come from God and nature and not from government.

“The thing I really have against him is actually how he and Gov. Romney have misused the Declaration of Independence,” she said. “I’m deeply irritated by their notion that the ‘pursuit of happiness’ means money for the richest and that we extricate the capacity of ordinary people to pursue happiness. When they say ‘God and nature give us our rights, not government,’ that is a lovely thing to say as a wealthy white man.”

“When you sit in a body like mine as an African-American woman, you know that God and nature have in fact made us — inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she continued. “But we could not have them until there was a Civil War that allowed the federal government to impose those nature and God-given rights would actually be respected by our government. And I think that they cannot continue to go down this line on the Declaration of Independence.” [link]
Translation: Melissa Harris-Perry has her thong in her crack over the fact that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have said - in so many words - that rights are granted not by government but by God, but she then goes on to agree with them - "... you know that God and nature have in fact made us — inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

So I guess it's just the fact that a couple of white guys said that which she agrees with?

Huh?

And I haven't the first clue as to what this babble is all about: "I’m deeply irritated by their notion that the ‘pursuit of happiness’ means money for the richest and that we extricate the capacity of ordinary people to pursue happiness."

We extricate what?  Their "notion" means what??

This does not reflect well on Tulane University.  But unfortunately it's par for the course for MSNBC.