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The Executive Branch Must Act Within Its Authority

Two-Tiered Justice and Red Flag Laws
There is a Common Thread
between Slavery & Abortion
Reigning in an Overreaching Government

Published in The Post Newspaper
July31, 2022

Last month our nation observed Juneteenth, which celebrates June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay and announced that more than 250,000 slaves in Texas were free by executive decree. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the fictional claim that the U.S. Constitution grants a woman's right of abortion. There is a common thread between these two.

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson drafted a preliminary version of the Declaration of Independence, which included an attack against slavery. With a lack of support by many colonies, Jefferson's language against slavery was dropped. Arguably the passage on slavery was the most important section removed from the original draft. In removing that language, they punted on the issue of slavery. In later years Jefferson blamed the delegations of South Carolina and Georgia as well as wealthy merchants in the north who profited from the slave trade for the ultimate removal of the slavery paragraph.

One of the darkest parts of our nation's history involved slavery where slaves (Black, Hispanic, and White) were considered property; not people. Human beings, regardless of their social or economic status, are people with spirits, feelings, and emotions and each and every one has the potential to be a positive influence on our nation, our state, our county, and our neighborhoods. People aren't property; they are flesh and blood.

In the Warren Court's decision on Roe v. Wade in the 1970s, the court held that unborn children are property without legal protection or rights. They called the unborn, fetuses. The court failed to recognize them as people but something else that can be disposed of or sold for parts. This too has been a very dark stain on our nation. The lives of 63 million lives were destroyed.

But, the "media narrative" claims the recent ruling in Dobbs bans abortion. Unfortunately, such is not the case. The Court found that the U.S. Constitution is neither pro-choice or pro-life and, as provided for in the Bill of Rights, that this power belongs to the states. Consequently, under the recent court decision each state can decide whether to allow free access to abortions or not. According to a chart from Intercessors for America, nineteen states have strong restrictions on access to abortions; twenty allow free access. Narratives, that claim the Court banned abortion, are absolutely false.

The bottom line is that some of the darkest parts of our country's history still remain. We need to stand against and oppose measures that dehumanize people, born or unborn. God creates life and doesn't smile kindly upon a society which seeks to destroy life or dehumanize it as property.

About the Authors and Columnists
Bill Sargent and Mark Mansius


Bill Sargent and Mark Mansius have written
over 250 guest columns since 2014 and continue to do so.
Bill lives in Galveston, Texas and Mark in St. Georges, Utah