I don’t think I’ll be watching Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address tomorrow night unless I am forced to watch it because the television remote is out of reach at the gym or I get so despondent just thinking about it that I’m rendered immobile and can no longer change the channel. There are, after all, important shows to watch on Netflix, like reruns of basically anything.
With only a year left in his Presidency, officially (“lame duck” starts around 18 months before a term ends and Obama hasn’t accomplished much in the way of anything since losing a Democratic Congress early on), there’s nothing Obama can say tomorrow night that will make any legislative impact. He could offer a few more executive orders, wax poetic on the benefits of funding Planned Parenthood to the tune of half a billion dollars and please liberals with a smug commitment to ending gun violence and global warming with the very wave of his magic wand, but he’s out of time. All he has left is Oval Office edicts.
And one of those will confront him as he speaks tomorrow night. Thanks to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are suing the Obama Administration after the President’s signature legislative “reform” forced them to provide birth control to their employees, despite a religious objection to the use of birth control, will be in the room for the speech.
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Monday that he has invited two representatives of Little Sisters of the Poor to join him at President Obama’s last State of the Union address Tuesday night…
“The Little Sisters of the Poor care for the most vulnerable among us, and they should be free to practice their faith without the threat of government interference or intimidation,” Ryan said Monday. “The Sisters’ stand in defense of religious liberty — one of our most fundamental rights — is nothing short of courageous, and it’s my privilege to support their cause.”
In November, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the nuns’ petition, and the Obama Administration has been harping on their irrelevancy since then, even as the Pope, speaking from the Speaker’s platform where Obama will deliver his speech tomorrow night, admonished the President for lacking compassion for those seeking religious freedom. Under the most recent Hobby Lobby decision, it’s likely the Sisters, who are a religious order, will be granted the exemption – especially considering that an amicus brief, filed last week, accuses the Obama Administration of overtly coordinating the attack on Catholic facilities in an effor to force Catholic hospitals to provide abortion services.
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