MSNBC Host: Ryan Quoting Jefferson ‘Lovely Thing’ For ‘Wealthy White Man'

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.” Harris-Perry said the words didn’t initially mean rights for African-Americans and women. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/13/msnbc-host-paul-ryan-quoting-thomas-jefferson-a-lovely-thing-for-a-wealthy-white-man/#ixzz23SVE8sSd

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