Friday, April 15, 2011
"Self-love . . . is the sole antagonist of virtue, leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others."
First the premise question: Is Planned Parenthood equal to Planned Severanthood?
Now some foundation.
The Founders and early Americans understood better than most today why our republic works. And we will do best when we follow the fundamentals of these great people. As a nation we struggled when faced with contradictions that our founding principals were formed on. Slavery is just one example. From the beginning it was realized by the founders to be an inconsistency related to the founding beliefs. Patrick Henry in March of 1775 said, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
It took longer than maybe it should have but in time our nation, only because of ethics our foundations demanded, put the idea of slavery practiced in early America as the anathema it is mirrored by our founding principles. But what happens when we decide to ignore, change or replace these ethics? What if, as Thomas Jefferson suggests, self-love overshadows our moral duties? We might have today something akin to Planned Servanthood.
Analogy - America’s (Caucasians) could legally have Blacks as property and slaves unless such time they decide to free them with a status equal to Whites using a proclamation and forms of proof that the White owners submit giving Blacks permanent equal status as Like White. This came about because the Supreme Court ruled it is legal and Blacks are not human based on criteria most Whites agree represents human nature. Let us just say that the Dred Scott v. Sandford case, never over turned, was enforced and built upon until consciences were quelled and the law prevailed. To help families or individuals deal with these relationships and make good decisions a group develops, supported with Federal funding, called Planned Servanthood. Most Americans decide to give Blacks Like White status but there is still a large portion of slaves waiting for the same distinction with no rights other than what their owners decide. As a matter of fact, slave owners have the right to blow a Blacks' head off his shoulders to rid any inconvenience they bring to life rather than bother with the process for Like White status. Perfectly legal because the Supreme Court says so. Generally that’s not done because a professional in the field will get rid a Black for you so you won’t have to deal with the mess. Planned Servanthood is the best place to go for these services. Oh, they will help with other services too, like assist with setting up Like White procedures and even financial help for Black costs until then. But there is quite a bit of money to be made by the professional Black Eliminators, so often that route is more convenient, faster and a permanent solution. The nation becomes divided into Pro-Black and Pro-Choice factions vying against one another about the legal and ethical aspects of the situation.
Sound familiar? Planned Parenthood offers the exact same divisive posture because most arguments ignore the root ethical dispute. Is a Black human? Is a fetus human? Why is Planned Parenthood so vilified? Yes abortion is legal, but should it be? Does Planned Parenthood offer some good services? Of course, but should it be federally funded? All answers to these questions depend on whether it is ethical, not whether it is legal. Individuals may determine their own ethical compass but this nation was founded upon certain ethical criteria that no laws should supersede, because when it does that foundation is eroded and needs repair. Abortion is just as abhorrent as Black elimination, not because our laws tells us so, but because the principals those law are suppose to represent dictate it so.
"When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil."
"A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society?....The Scriptures tell us "righteousness exalteth a Nation."
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
Patrick Henry March 23, 1775