Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Issues Debate: Abortion, Part 2

In his last post on the issues debate, Philip concluded:

Limited government ensures that we live in a free society. Even if that society is unsafe, it is preferable to a safe society without freedom. Commitment to the War on Terror helps keep our free society safe. Without a free and safe society, how can we even begin to fight abortion (and all the other issues)? Given the president's limitations on setting abortion policy, we must give the abortion issue a lower (but still high #3) priority.

While I agree that limited government and defeating terrorism are critical to our maintaining a free and safe society, I do not believe the abortion issue is therefore superceded by these concerns.

Does any nation that promotes the slaughter of its own children deserve either freedom or safety? I'm certain that it deserves neither, and I'm confident our founding fathers would agree on this point.

They dreamed of and fought for a society founded upon what they considered to be the most basic principles of human justice. They hung our nation's entire existence on these words:

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.

There was a time when America was a just society. She's never been perfect, but she long strove to respect the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of all men.

Yet when our nation relinquished its respect for every human life, it ceased to be the society those great men envisioned and built. When America left this foundational principle, it lost the essential character of justice.

This is why abortion is the most important issue in an election. Reinstating respect for every human life is the only way America can again be a just society. Only then will it be worth fighting for freedom and safety.

I concede that there are many political obstacles, but what better way to undermine these obstacles than by electing a president who has deep pro-life convictions? If we ever hope to see America restored to her former glory, this is the only strategy to pursue.

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