Whether or not you agree with President Obama’s politics, there’s something to be said for finishing the job well. And rhetorically speaking, this final State of the Union was (mostly) a masterpiece. I’m not a crier, but this one had me in tears by the end.
As a pro-lifer, here are three things I think our President got absolutely right.
1) We each have a duty to stand up for the weak and the vulnerable.
[O]ur collective future depends on your willingness to uphold your obligations as a citizen. … To speak out. To stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable, knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us.
I couldn’t agree more. The future of millions – millions – of innocent children yet to be created and born depends on our willingness to speak out. Our children are our future. And who among us is more weak than the oppressed, the trodden down, those who are killed every day – the preborn children?
These children encapsulate our humanity, and when we fail to stand up for them in their weakest and most vulnerable moments, their deaths condemn our humanity. By rejecting their humanity, we reject our own.
As the President said, “each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us.” First, before anyone else, our mothers (and perhaps our fathers) stood up for us.
Let us be the “somebody, somewhere” who stands up for the next child.
2) Truth and love will have the final word.
Voices Dr. King believed would have the final word — voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love. … I see it in the…protester determined to prove that justice matters. … That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. That’s what makes me so hopeful about our future.
We, the pro-life movement, are that peaceful protester “determined to prove that justice matters.” Through our words, our articles, our social media statuses and sharing, our videos, our conversations, our speeches, our daring, our outreach, our counseling, our pictures, our giving, our standing on the cold sidewalks, our politicking – and so much more – we are peacefully protesting a society that does not give justice to the weakest humans among us.
We are full of “unarmed truth;” we are armed with truth alone. And the unconditional love we have for our brothers and sisters who die every day, and for their mothers and fathers – it is this love indeed that will have the final word and will win the day.
We of all people can be hopeful about our future and the future of this nation.
3) He didn’t mention Planned Parenthood.
While Barack Hussein Obama has tragically been the most pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood president in our nation’s history, this isn’t what he wants to be remembered for.