Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 1, 2012, 6:31 p.m. EST by Nanook
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The word LIFE is at center stage in many current discussions. It is prized as one of the fundamental values in society. So, it is very ironic that the word "life" doesn't show up much in the Constitution, and is certainly not defined there. The places it does show up are Article III and Amendments 5 and 14
In Article III, it "life" used to describe the period that a person can be punished for Treason: "during the LIFE of the Person".
Amendments 5 and 14 use the word LIFE in a way much closer to its use in the Declaration of Independence, which is the definitive statement we all know. The Declaration states: "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." The problem is, the Constitution does NOT affirm what the Declaration says.
The Declaration says LIFE is an UNALIENABLE RIGHT. To drive home the “sanctity” of life, the Declaration says that RIGHT was “endowed by the Creator”. Yet people who claim the Constitution is perfect as it is, either through ignorance or DENIAL ( i.e. hypocrisy ), refuse to face up to the fact that the Constitution allows both the state and federal governments to take away that right. In the Constitution, instead of being UNALIENABLE, LIFE is only prevented from being taken away WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW!
So, when the people who control the law become corrupt, there is no protection at all. We see this all the time. And in the current climate, the fever to revive the death penalty and execute humans is running high. Ironically, this hypocrisy is highest among those who claim to hold the highest religious convictions.
The objective of this discussion page is to dig deep into the basic meaning of LIFE, and to think about when and how society should have a responsibility to protect it or take it from someone. Here are some issues to get started. You can jump to those issues directly from the list.
WHAT DOES "LIFE" MEAN – THE BASICS - http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-life/#comment-620042
WHAT DOES "LIFE" MEAN – NATURE VS. NURTURE - http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-life/#comment-620010
WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN – http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-life/#comment-619923
IS A PERSON EVER JUSTIFIED IN TAKING ANOTHER LIFE - http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-life/#comment-619921
IS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFIED - http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-life/#comment-619916
(This post is part of a collection of posts aimed at launching a new process called the National Opinion Collection System (NOCS). For more information on the process, see http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-introduction/ )