It’s difficult to imagine a time in our nation’s history when Americans were more divided than they were during the Civil War. With the United States on the brink of near-extinction, and brother fighting brother, the future could not have looked bleaker than when President Abraham Lincoln took to the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, stained with the blood of thousands of men, to begin the long road back to healing.
On Saturday, 28 presidents removed from the one who delivered what many consider to be the greatest political speech in American history, Donald Trump returned to that battlefield to deliver remarks of his own. Hoping to make one last case for his candidacy, he released a “Contract with the American Voter” outlining his first acts as president to “restore security and the constitutional law.”
His agenda for the first 100 days — replacing Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, overturning this White House’s unconstitutional executive orders, canceling funding for sanctuary cities, enforcing immigration laws, and initiating “extreme vetting” of people entering the U.S. — is an ambitious start to undoing the damage of the Obama years.
“Hillary Clinton is not running against me. She is running against change,” he said. “We will drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., and replace it with a new government of, by and for the people,” Trump promised, echoing Lincoln’s famous words. “That is why I have chosen Gettysburg to unveil this contract.”
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Saturday’s speech came on the heels of one of the best arguments against partial-birth abortion the country has heard in a presidential debate, in which Trump described — in detail — the barbaric procedure that rips a child out of the womb moments before birth. To many people, it was a significant turning point in a campaign full of contrasts. As Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said on Fox News, the choice doesn’t get any clearer than that.
“One is saying, ‘I’m pro-life, I will appoint pro-life judges.’ And then taking the case right to Hillary Clinton that her and her party are for abortion, anyone, anytime, anywhere. They’re incredibly extreme — sex selection abortion, fetal pain abortion, taxpayer funded abortion, and, of course, late-term abortion. Donald Trump said on live TV in front of you that Hillary Clinton would rip the baby from the womb, that it’s OK to have a late-term abortion. She had a terrible defense to that — that somehow it’s because of the life of the mother. And people say, well, there aren’t that many. There are 12,000 a year. Americans ought to know that’s part of being pro-choice. So, I was very excited. Let me tell you something. A lot of Republicans just hide under the desk hoping the abortion shrapnel won’t hit them and there was none other than a Manhattan billionaire giving impassioned defense of pro-life. It’s as simple as that.”
As with Lincoln, we can pray that under a pro-life president the 58 million unborn Americans shall not have died in vain. Until then, Trump had a warning for the millions of voters uncertain about what to do on November 8. “If they can fight somebody like me, who has unlimited resources to fight back, just look at what they can do to you — your jobs, your security, your education, your health care, the violation of religious liberty, the theft of your Second Amendment, the loss of your factories, your homes, and much more.” To see where the candidates stand on all of those issues — and more — check out FRC Action’s Presidential Voter Guide.
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