Lanterns: The Founding Principle of Life


The Founding Principle of Life

On a daily basis, I have heard conservative commentators, writers, and radio hosts plead with the American public to reset their lives back onto the bedrock of principles. But what is a principle? According to the word principle, a noun, has three basic definitions:

1. An accepted or professed rule of action or conduct:

    A person of good moral principles.

2. A fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived:

    The principles of modern physics.

3. A fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion:

   The principles of the Stoics.

As conservatives, all three of these definitions intertwine to create the infrastructure of our movement. A conservative must understand that our fundamental doctrine comes from the Bible, and from that doctrine our founders created laws that upheld the integrity of the moral conduct of the individual. Like building blocks, they stack one on top of another creating the government system and society unlike any other in human history. Now let me make clear that you do not have to be a Christian to be conservative, but you do have to understand that the roots of America come from the Judeo-Christian accordance.

This leads us to our first principle: Life. Now, if you are a bit confused by this, it's okay. Normally Life is defined as a right; we know this because it is expressly defined in the preamble to the Constitution: the rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. According to, the word right has many definitions depending on how it is used: adjective, adverb, verb, or noun. We will focus on the seven definitions beneath Noun:

1. A just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral:

    You have a right to say what you please.

2. Sometimes, rights. That which is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral     principles, etc.:

    Women’s rights; Freedom of speech is a right of all Americans.

3. Adherence or obedience to moral and legal principles and authority.

4. That which is morally, legally, or ethically proper:

     To know right from wrong.

5. A moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.

6. Sometimes, rights. The interest or ownership a person, group, or business has in property:

    He has a 50-percent right in a silver mine. The author controls the screen rights for the book.

7. The property itself or its value.

Although a few of these definitions mainly pertain to property rights, you will see a running theme that rights are an adherence to a moral, legal, or ethical principle. It then can be said that if Life is a right, it is so due to the ordinance of a principle.

Although some so-called conservatives have skewed the issue of life due to the popularity of the Pro-choice movement, I warn you that as true conservatives, we must vigorously defend the principles and rights our cause was created to preserve; the true cornerstone of all principles is that of Life, for without life no other right, or principle, would be needed or necessary.

Our founders understood this, which is why we see Life in such a prominent position within our founding documents. However, the ardent protection of life goes far deeper in American history than that of our Constitution. The Bible is not silent on the plight of unborn children; it is clear that in this particular founding to life is defined at the moment of conception. David eloquently communicated this truth through Psalm 139:13-16:

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Verses throughout the Bible affirm that Life is created by God: Job 31:15; Psalm 22: 9-10; Isaiah 44: 2, 49:5; Jeremiah 1: 4-5; Luke 1:15.

Due to the free love movement, the controversial Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, and the vagina-hat wearing third wave feminists, many believe that the abortion issue is a modern day plight of oppressed womanhood. Yet, as Ecclesiastes 1:9 stresses, “there is nothing new under the sun:” As long as there has been sex, there has been those who do not want, nor appreciate, the consequences of that particularly pleasurable activity. Before America was even a nation, abortion was always seen as wrong and the enacting of an abortion was so heinous to western culture that it became a crime under Common Law which became the basis for law in all civilized nations, and was even fused to the US Constitution through the Seventh Amendment.

British Judge William Blackstone, a favorite authority of the Founding Fathers, explained the policy on abortion under British law:

Life is the immediate gift of God- a right inherited by nature in every individual, and it begins in the contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb. For if a woman is quick with child, and by a potion or otherwise kills it within her womb; or if anyone beat her whereby the child dies in her body and she is delivered of a dead child this…was by the ancient law homicide or manslaughter.

After the revolution, when America’s Constitutional republic was still in its infancy, Supreme Court Judge James Wilson, a signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution, who was appointed by George Washington himself, began America’s first organized legal training and instructed his students that:

With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the Common Law. In the contemplations of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the Law [that] life is protected.

In that day and age the only way to be sure one was pregnant was to wait for the quickening, or when the baby moved, but in today’s science driven medical industry, a woman can know if she is pregnant just days after conception. American law clearly stated that as soon as the life within the womb was established then that life was protected by the law.

In his winter years, John Quincy Adams reminded the rising generation that Life was an inalienable right given by God to all individuals:

Ask the Declaration of Independence and that will tell you that its authors held for self-evident truth that the right to life is the first of the unalienable rights of man [and] to secure and not to destroy [that right] governments are instituted among men.

Our founders made it clear that government was not to be a repressive reign of man, but was created to protect the rights of the individual, including their right to live. The irony of this is that at the time of our founding, America had a completely different view than a majority of European nations which believed that it was the parent who bestowed the right of life upon their children, and it was the parent who could then take it away. Yet in today’s world, the positions have been switched as the socialistic countries that our college professors, politicians, and feminist shills lament that they are not more like actually have stricter abortion laws than we have here in America!

As I have stated before, one does not have to be a Christian to be a Conservative, but we do need to recognize that the principles and rights we declare to preserve are biblically based. We also must recognize that as Conservatives, we cannot just flap our gums in heated debates on social media or with our family at the Thanksgiving table. We must put action to our words and live out our principles in our daily lives.

Defending Life, the first and foremost right declared by our founders, is not an option but a necessity.


Written by KE Dean

I'm a Label-less millenial on the quest for some intelectual honesty in a world gone upside down. Blogger at, novelist, and proud Army Brat. Exodus 14:14

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