“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;” with those words, our Founders tilled the political and intellectual soil from which American exceptionalism would spring. Not that Americans are any more exceptional as individuals than people from any other place or time, but that our experience would be genuinely unique from all previous human experience. It is because of the unique conviction that government serves to protect our rights rather than to grant them that Americans have enjoyed the liberties we have.
In highlighting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as chief among the unalienable rights granted every individual by God Himself, our Declaration of Independence asserted that their protection lies at the core of what makes any government legitimate. Conversely, it could be argued that if government fails to protect these rights it undermines its own legitimacy.
With that in mind, it was entirely appropriate that one of the first public appearances Vice President Pence made was to address the crowd gathered last week in DC for the March for Life. Furthermore, it was consistent with our underlying principles as a nation that he itemized several pro-life measures the new administration had already taken. In his speech, the Vice President highlighted examples of how “life is winning in America,” and punctuated that sentiment by reminding those gathered that “We will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children.”
It was the Supreme Court vacancy that motivated many conservatives to come together and work so hard to win last November, and it was the life issue in particular that underpinned that motivation for many.
As the administration prepares for a heated confirmation battle to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, it is important for grassroots activists to come together and finish what they started when they worked so hard to elect a president who promised to support life with his nominations. Now is the time to contact your Senator and urge them to confirm the President’s appointments.
This is also a good time to join the Conservative Alliance. If you haven’t yet signed up to receive updates on the confirmation process, please visit our sign-up page.