The Founders and Framers recognized this basic human right as being among our inalienable God-given rights. No government or society has the authority to abrogate that right their obligation is to protect it not nullify or abridge it. Society has the right to require the life of an individual in certain violations of civil and moral law, but only after a fair and impartial trial of his/her peers and with sufficient evidence and witnesses to validate the charges. The Declaration of Independence uses three specific ‘unalienable’ rights to emphasize the value of human rights and their validity and the first of those three is LIFE.
I go to the Bible as my final authority on all matters of life including government and then turn to our Constitution. It is upon looking to Scripture that I discover that included in the sundry civil laws our Creator gave concerned our homes and the protection thereof. In Exodus 22:2 we read, “If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.” You have the Right of “Self-Defense” and the Right to “Protect Your Castle” which is your home, your family, and your possessions. Our Founders and the Framers felt so strongly about this they developed what is known as the “Castle Doctrine.” James Wilson, a founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and was an original justice on the Supreme Court declared:
“Homicide is enjoined [required] when it is necessary for the defense of one’s person or house… Every man’s house is deemed, by the law, to be his castle; and the law, while it invests him with the power, [places] on him the duty of the commanding officer [of his house]. Every man’s house is his castle… and if anyone be robbed in it, it shall be esteemed his own fault and negligence.”
Let me be careful to assert that I would never want to condemn anyone for being robbed. You might be away from your home and not be able to prevent the intrusion. What Justice Wilson was proclaiming was that each of us has a personal responsibility to PROTECT and DEFEND our Homes, Families, and Property and to use whatever force is necessary for doing so. That would demand that we have the ability to protect that castle. If you are one that is so averse to firearms and so opposed to engaging in any physical defense of yourself, your family, or your possessions you may find yourself at the mercy of the thief or intruder and dependent on the police to arrive providing you can notify them. Our Founders and the Framers believed that this was more than a Right it was a Responsibility. Thus, any argument they wanted to deny citizens the right to keep and bear arms falls short of honest interpretation.
The Right of Life is more than ‘self-defense’ because life is more than simply breathing and being alive. Life, in the biblical sense and based on what I believe was the objective and understanding of the Founders and Framers is the ability to pursue your life’s ambitions and purposes. That links this Right to the other two mentioned (Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness) in an unmistakable manner. The Founders and Framers recognized some important things which I feel compelled to bring to our remembrance. Their statement in the Declaration of Independence and throughout the Constitution recognized the existence of God our Creator. They recognized that He gave some rights that are inalienable to each person. They voiced their belief that the government exists first and foremost to secure to every individual the exercise of his or her God-given Rights. Simply, we have Rights that did not come from government and therefore cannot be taken away by the government. Only despotic tyrannical governments suspend or deny rights, not Constitutional Republics. When government attempts to infringe upon our rights it violates the spirit and letter of the Constitution and assumes a god-like position of authority. I SAY NO! I stand against any politician, government entity, edict, or policy that does so. I SAY NO to any politician who will not protect and defend the Constitution and thereby our rights and am committed to helping them return to private life.
The Right of Life is for ALL PEOPLE and that most assuredly includes that unborn baby in the womb. That person, yet unborn, cannot defend him or herself and must rely on those of us who are mature and responsible adults to protect and defend them and their rights. When government enacts laws that violate that person’s rights that law is unbiblical and unconstitutional and should be rejected, reversed, and/or repealed. You may disagree but unless you deny that baby is a human being you will have incredible difficulty making a valid or reasoned argument. Do the God-given inalienable rights not also extend to that person in the womb? There are moral, biblical, and even legal arguments and considerations when Life is the determining factor as to who lives and who dies during a pregnancy. I shudder to think of the heavy burden and weight that the mother, father, and family must make when faced with the question of the life of the mother versus that of the unborn baby. But in the matter of Abortion on Demand and convenience, I see no wiggle-room morally, ethically, constitutionally, or biblically. That is my view and you have a right to yours. You must settle that issue within your own conscience if you can.
Our Founders and the Framers recognized that every human being has the RIGHT to LIFE. It is my prayer that we return to limited government and lift the regulations that are stifling our ability to enjoy LIFE, LIBERTY, and PURSUE HAPPINESS. May we return to a constitutional state where everyone is protected under the law and everyone’s rights guaranteed.
May God, bless you and may He bless America again is my prayer and desire!