Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part IV

Hello Again,

Last time we looked at the principles of equality and God-given rights. Today, I want to begin to look at those rights which are articulated in the Declaration, the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Obviously, this was not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list. Let's consider the first of these 3 today, the right to life.

As a principle this right is one without which none of the others really matter. Without life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness are not possible. You might call it the "first, foremost and foundational right". As such, the most egregious wrong ever committed in the history of the United States of America is the Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion because it violates this most fundamental of all rights by declaring that the most helpless and innocent among us do not possess this right. (Remember, these are inherent rights, meaning that all people are endowed with them by virtue of their humanity.)

It doesn't seem that very many people are very concerned about this today, even while they are still incensed over slavery. While both are egregious violations of our founding principles, I would argue that abortion is worse for these reasons.

Slavery was extant at the time of the founding and has been so throughout the history of mankind. Abortion was legalized 200 years into the life of our republic. Slavery was a resident evil. Abortion was one we created and invited in.

Slavery violated primarily the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness which are secondary to the right to life which abortion violates.

There was always a tension in the nation because of the existence of slavery because it so violated our founding principles. As we know, this tension finally erupted into civil war which very nearly destroyed our nation. At great cost it was eventually expunged and America was able to recover and go on to accomplish many more great things.

If abortion is not expunged, and soon, there will be no recovery for America. It is just that simple.

Abraham Lincoln was reportedly once asked how long he thought the Civil War would last, to which he replied, "I fear it will go on until the blood spilled on the battle field equals that shed in the slave trade." If Lincoln's formula is anywhere near correct and we were to apply it to abortion, we are in big trouble because we are currently at more than 50 million abortions performed, with about 4000 being added to that number every day.

Pray for America. That's all for now.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
August 14, 2012
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