This July 4th: Returning to Reverence For Life

Published on July 4, 2014

by Michael Cummings
Clash Daily Guest contributor

“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.” –Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 [emphasis mine}

When it comes to life, my fellow Americans: Man up. We have a country to save.
Clash Daily readers know how quickly America is turning against God and our founding principles. I don’t often use the word “frightening” but how else do you describe our situation? I hope you’re with me, however, in believing we can get out of this mess. It is possible.


We return and never again separate from the basics, and the first of these is the protection of life. The cause of our current troubles in winning this issue can be pointed almost directly at our side’s weak-kneed approach to protecting life.

Specifically, I’m addressing rape, incest, and when the mother’s health is at risk.
We are either pro-life or we are not. We can’t, as Obama once said, “find middle ground” on abortion. Middle ground? Saying we are against abortion except in cases of rape or incest allows fissures in our argument to leak through and water down our position. When conservatives stand by their convictions, Leftist apoplexy ensues. This isn’t new. So let’s firm up our position and relay our message as follows:

Since it’s a fact — settled science, if you will — that there is no baby without a conception, life must begin at conception. Therefore…

Every. Baby. Lives.

In the case of an unplanned pregnancy at any age, every baby lives.
In the case of rape, every baby lives.
In the case of incest, every baby lives.
In the case where a mother’s life is at stake, ever baby lives.

The language of life is always on our side, and here’s the great part: If we stick to this we cannot be compromised in any debate between friends or relatives, or on the electoral stage. When we don’t use the language properly, we lose. As an example, many grow weak when “unintended pregnancy” comes up in the debate in cases of rape. True, rapes can result in pregnancies but what monster believes the baby, who got here at no fault of her own, deserves punishment of death?

The other unintended pregnancy comes from sexually active people who don’t use birth control. This is flat out irresponsible. If you don’t want a baby, use birth control or stop having sex. It’s that simple. While we’re on the topic of contraception, that message needs to be: Pay for it yourself.

In the statistically rare cases where the life of the mother is at stake, why would we still not defend the baby’s life? A friend of a friend is going through this right now. She’s pregnant, and has been diagnosed with breast cancer. You might think this is a quandary; it’s not. You can fight for both lives while treating the mother. Consider Lauren Enriquez’s words:

“Abortions never save mothers, but procedures which by their nature may indirectly lead to a child’s death sometimes save the life of the mother.”

When your children and grandchildren ask you what you did to save America, what will you tell them? Will you tell them you started with protecting life in all cases so all other freedoms have a chance? After all, without life, does anything else matter?

I’ll leave you with a debate nugget: Over 55,000,000 babies have been murdered since Roe vs. Wade in 1973. Ask your opponents if they would be support life if it meant 55,000,000 additional taxpayers.

This is my inaugural column for Clash Daily. Thank you, Doug Giles, Steve Pauwels, and the Clash Daily crew for giving me a forum. I aim to misbehave, and make you proud.

Happy Independence Day, everyone. God Bless America.

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Michael CummingsMichael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He was worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns. See more at and cummingsamerica