WASHINGTON, D.C., January 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama raged against “inequality” during his 2014 State of the Union address, using the phrase three times in just over an hour. But Senator Mike Lee said Obama has misunderstood the concept.
Real inequality has less to do with the gap between income classes and more to do with whether the government is using its might to retard economic opportunity, suppress the traditional definition of marriage, and deny millions of children the right to be born, says the senator.
“Inequality is denying viable, unborn children any protection under the law, while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards,” the Utah Republican said during his response to the State of the Union address, which was sponsored by the Tea Party Express.
“It's denying citizens their right to define marriage in their states as traditionally or as broadly as their diverse values dictate,” he added.
President Obama has often been cited as the most pro-abortion president in history, vowing to veto bills that would restrict late-term abortion or prevent taxpayers from funding abortion.
But perhaps his most aggressive work has been in promoting the redefinition of marriage from a union of one man and one woman to include same-sex couples.
Senator Lee's Utah constituents have felt the brunt of that effort. After a federal judge struck down the state's constitutional marriage protection amendment, Governor Gary Herbert won an injunction staying the order until the case could be decided – likely by the U.S. Supreme Court.
But the Obama administration announced it would recognize same-sex “marriages” conducted between the ruling and the stay. Such unions would be legally null and void if the judge's ruling is overturned.
Lee, a Tea Party favorite, said many Americans “feel they have been forgotten by both political parties.”
“The Republican establishment in Washington can be just as out of touch as the Democratic establishment,” he said.
A “new generation of reformers” has “a long way to go” to win over its own party.
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He may have won over some believers on the issue of abortion. After expressing his willingness to introduce Trent Franks' Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate, the law – which would enact a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks – was allowed to be introduced by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
The Republican Party also adopted a resolution telling members to “fight” against abortion, even if other Republicans tell them to drop the issue.