President Trump's State of the Union Address Drew a Stark Line Between Parties

There was a time when the Republican and the Democratic party agreed on many of the same things. It used to be that Republicans and Democrats agreed that there were only two genders, that socialism was inherently evil, that religious people should be allowed to live out their faith and values free from government discrimination, and that a nation should guard its borders. And yes, there was even a time when Republicans and Democrats were both opposed to abortion. In fact, early feminists and suffragettes were anti-abortion! Naturally, the Democratic party has never explained why they changed their beliefs and position from having many anti-abortion Democrats serving in Congress and the Senate prior to 1973 to ostracizing any and all pro-life Democrats. 

The line between the two parties has never been more stark and President Trump's state of the union address drew attention to that line. What has become known as the most pro-life public address of any president, Trump's state of the union address blasted Democrats over their support of 3rd trimester abortions, lambasted New York lawmakers for legalizing abortion to the day of birth, and critiqued Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for his comments defending infanticide. 

"To defend the dignity of every person," President Trump said, "I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.” The most ironic part of the state of the union address was the refusal of Democrat women, dressed in all white to pay homage to the suffragettes, to stand and clap for this statement which would have gained unanimous approval from the very women they were claiming to honor. The stone cold faces of these Democrat women when President Trump said we shouldn't kill babies who feel the pain of dismemberment is chilling. 

And yet, we shouldn't be surprised. Since 1973, the Republican and Democratic party have had two opposing visions for America. While there are many things that reasonable individual Republicans and Democrats can disagree on while still believing in the American idea and seeking to protect that idea, life is not one of them. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; the three things that our government was created to protect. And yet the Democratic party celebrates the withholding of the first and most important of these rights to little babies, and if you don't have life, you don't have any other rights. 

So while the division in our country amongst these two parties is saddening, it is to be expected and will only increase; because as long as the Democratic party remains the party of abortion, there can be no unity. 

While we put our faith in God and not man, we also recognize that it is God who establishes governing authorities (Romans 13:1). If God establishes them, then He can use them. And as his people, we are called to "learn to do right; seek justice, defend the oppressed" (Isaiah 1:17). The most important way we can seek justice for and defend the unborn is by making it illegal to kill babies in the womb. President Trump's state of the union address drew a stark line between the parties and reminds us all that one party celebrates and fights for the right to kill babies, while the other largely seeks to stop the killing and protect unborn life. 

This is not complex.

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Seth Gruber

Seth travels and speaks in Protestant and Catholic high schools, churches, training seminars, and for pregnancy resource center banquets, engages in academic debate, and blogs and writes as a cultural and political commentator. Seth has been published by Christian Research Journal and writes regularly for Life Training Institute and his own blog.