Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit of Happiness

| July 4, 2018

Today, we celebrate the birth of the greatest country in the history of the world. We thank God and the brave men and women who fought and died so that we may have the freedoms that we currently enjoy. To paraphrase Chris Pratt, our freedom from tyranny, like our freedom from death, was purchased with the blood of another; in the case of the United States, many others. It is difficult, when we read the news, to affirm the greatness of America. One would indeed have a persuasive argument, looking at things like the United States having some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, euthanasia being legalized in some states, and other attacks on human life, that America is not great. It would be a persuasive argument for some, but it would be wrong.

When we celebrate the beautiful Declaration of Independence that we celebrate today, we would do well to remember how it begins: “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.” The problems in the United States come as a result of people have straying from the founding principles. The greatness of America is found in the founding affirmation that people have certain rights, and that the United States should and would protect those rights. Unfortunately, when it comes to the two bookends of life, American “leaders” have abdicated responsibility for doing the thing that makes the United States unique among countries.

America’s greatness is already there. Staying faithful to the founding principle of protecting the rights affirmed by the Declaration, especially the right to life, is the key to unlocking that greatness. The pro-life movement is integral to defending the values and the promise of America that everyone no matter how vulnerable, defenseless, or small has the inalienable right to life.