By Pastor George Kelly
In 1979, the late Senator Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy launched a furious, feisty, and zealous campaign to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.
Senator Kennedy faced great odds as he pursued the Presidency. President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter was the occupant of the Oval Office and even if Senator Kennedy displaced the incumbent President, there would still be many people in his own party who would see his bold initiative as a reckless endeavor that would make the eventual winner that much weaker against their Republican party opponent in the General Election.
Nevertheless, Senator Kennedy remained steadfast and resolute as he reasoned that the principles that he championed – New Deal and Great Society liberalism – were being undermined by the perceived “political malaise” of the Carter Administration.
The late Senator lost his bid for his party’s nomination, but he gave an exceptional concession speech in New York in the summer of 1980. Edward Kennedy finished off his speech by stating that “For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
Even if one does not agree with the late Senator’s projection of unabashed liberal policies, one could still admire his passion, conviction, and unyielding political stamina.
Those words spoken by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy have significant meaning to underdogs and those who seem to battle against intractable odds.
This past week the Pro-Life advocates in America took to Washington, D.C. for the 41st Anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
For a great many years, the Pro-Life Movement was told to be quiet and to acquiesce to the majority of Americans who wished that Abortion be available on demand. The Right-to-Life proponents were told to “get on the right side of history” as there was an inescapable movement in the direction of Pro-Abortion America.
Yet a funny thing happened.
The citizens in this country that fight to create a positive “culture of life” did not “cast down their buckets where they were” instead they intensified their efforts using creative means.
The Pro-Life organizations employ a number of means at their disposal to convince their fellow American citizens one at a time that a fetus is not simply a blob of organic tissue, but the very “genesis” of what constitutes a “human life.”
It has been determined that if a woman seeking an abortion commits to view an ultrasound of her unborn child that in 89% of the instances she will desist and elect to either keep her child or place her child up for adoption.
Another glimmer of hope is that the tide in America is changing. Today in the post baby boomer generations more and more young people are choosing to value life over the narcissistic culture of unaccountable and autonomous free love.
Those of us who value life in all of its stages – irrespective of sickness, infirmity, or disease should use this occasion of the 41st anniversary of the Pro-Life movement to celebrate our humanity in such a way that people of all walks of life will understand that the GOD-given foundations of our Republic rest on the comprehension that our Creator endowed all humanity (embryos, fetuses, and young children) with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
As we seek to protect those who cannot speak for themselves, let us not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6.6-10).
Let us remember that it took our nation more than 200 years to abolish slavery and another 100 years to eliminate the vestiges of “Jim Crow” and legalized segregation.
Many times eternal vigilance is truly the price of liberty (Patrick Henry).
All Pro-Life Americans must remember that in this noble struggle against wanton destruction that we must endure to the end.
“For us… our campaign has not come to an end. For all those whose cares are to create a culture that values life in all of its diversity, we share your concerns; the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
For ultimately our rights do not come from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of GOD (President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address January 1961).