WWW Opinion Times

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Life Begins at (the court's) conception

Link: Terri Schiavo Case Could Go to Supreme Court, if Terri's Law Overturned

Link: Gruesome and Constitutional--Buckley

A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
----Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774


Once again, the courts seek to have it their own way. Those things which are evident in the words stated in our founding documents are somehow ignored when some judge or group of judges wants to promote a political ideal. When it comes to Terri Schiavo, whatever happened to the guarantee of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence?

Activist judges continue to ignore the principles that have held the republic together and made us the most prosperous, free nation in the history of the world. Are the foundations of our republic so fragile that we must allow individuals to destroy life merely for the convenience of not having to deal with the "problems" associated with sustaining life? Alan Keyes said, "When we surrender moral government to the courts, we have surrendered the very essence of freedom. We have surrendered its only real meaning, and we will not be free again until we get it back."

The Bible says in 2 Timothy, "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant...without self-control, brutal, haters of good ... lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." Until we understand that the inconveniences of life require sacrifice and commitment; until we learn that the foundation of liberty is sacrifice and self-government, not governmental largesse; until we come back to the principle that "we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights" (italics mine), we will go swiftly to a socialist state where individual liberty is granted by government and not by God Himself. In a sense, we will have gone full circle to the place where we started in the early 1770's(if we are not there already): despotic government giving and taking rights at its own whim.