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WHY I AM PRO-LIFE

Today thousands of Americans will march on Washington DC to support the God-given right to life for all human beings, including the unborn. I am very proud to hear that President Trump and Vice President Pence are supporting the march this year. Maybe even the so-called mainstream media will cover it for once. I pray they do so the world can see we Americans are not all committed to ending the lives of the unborn for our own convenience, especially since they gave so much coverage to the Women’s march last weekend..

For a patriot like me, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are very close to my heart. After 32 years of supporting and defending the ideals of America’s founding documents as an aviator and commander in the United States Air Force, I feel these ideals have become a part of me.  When America declared our independence from England, we said it was because some truths are self-evident and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.  These Creator-endowed rights include, but are not limited to, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  The right to life is the very first right we listed.

One very important concept in the Declaration is that the natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are given to us by our Creator, not by men.  If we ever believe that men give us these rights, then we know that men can also take them away.  The Declaration goes on to say that in order “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.”  The government of the United States of America was established to secure the God-given right to life.  Yet, over 58 million of our children have been denied their lives since the judicial branch of government rescinded that God-given right in 1973.  What happened to “safe, legal, and rare?”  We know that less than one percent of those 58 million abortions were due to rape, incest, or risk to maternal life.  Therefore, we also know that the vast majority of abortions occur simply because mom and dad do not want to take on the responsibilities of their actions.  Convenience is not a reason to deny life.

One of the programs Air Force commanders are responsible for is called “Culture of Responsible Choices.”  It is a four-tiered approach with emphasis on leadership, individual, base, and community-level involvement -- underscoring responsible behavior.  A culture of responsibility is something America has lost.  Instead of taking responsibility for our massive national debt, for example, our politicians continue to “purchase” votes by giving away free stuff with your money and plan on having your children and grand-children pay for it all.  I am now active in political life so I can do my part to bring a culture of responsibility back to Washington DC and our culture in general.

My youngest son, William, was born when I was 43 years old.  I can tell you, the news of having another child at that age came as quite the surprise!  What a joy he is to me and Candy.  But whether he was a joy or not, I know I have the responsibility to care for the life I brought into this world.  My job in the Air Force was to protect American lives.  As Chairman of GatorPAC and as a citizen, I will continue to fight for the Creator-endowed, natural right to life, a right our government was originally created to secure.