Monday, May 17, 2010
"[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few." --John Adams, An Essay on Man's Lust for Power, 1763
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Rights of choice, right of privacy, the right of self defense, and other rights claimed by some can generally be supported by the 9th amendment to the US Constitution, which says:
"The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
This, however, does not permit people to act in a manner to deny others of their rights, such as the right to life. While the Declaration of Independence is not a part of the Constitution, it does enumerate certain rights the Constitution was designed to protect. We all know the language,
" 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 ...".
As to the issue of abortion, the big question is, "When does life begin?" Since the Constitution does not address this question, one will need to look elsewhere for the answer, and since the signers of the Declaration believed there is a Creator, the scriptures of the Old Testament recognized as being God inspired by the major religions of western civilization, would seem a proper place to find an answer.
The Book of The Prophet Jeremiah, Chapter 1, verse 5, says:
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
This statement by the Creator to Jeremiah clearly says that life begins before conception , and, therefore, deserves to be protected by the government of a just society.
Editorial by Everett Slaughter