I am still flabbergasted by the error that Rush Limbaugh made in his speech to CPAC, attributing 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' to the Constitution. Here is the Preamble to that document:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Now here is revelant passage from the Declaration of Independence:
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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Just an innocent, harmless mistake? I don't think so. For clergy such as me, it would be the equivalent of quoting "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...." and then attributing it to the Gospel of Matthew (It's actually from John's Gospel).
Now, if some pastor did that, you would have every reason to question whether he or she has ever really studied or understood the New Testament or the Gospels. I know that person would never be my preacher.
Likewise, Limbaugh's off-the-cuff mistake raises for me that same question: has he ever really studied or understood either the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?
If not, then he is finally just a political entertainer, plain and simple. And a not very smart one at that. Clever, but not smart. To be enjoyed perhaps, but not taken seriously
For any honest and serious conservative, who takes their political cues from Rush, this should send chills up their spine.