“The true state of the union lies in your heart and in your home”—Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

 

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) Photo credit: AP

Pro-life House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
Photo credit: AP

Give President Obama credit. His State of the Union address was everything his administration said in advance it would be: Mr. Go it Alone.

And then there was the Republican response, delivered by pro-life House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). She is the mother of three children and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus.

POLITICO’s headline was “McMorris Rodgers promotes ‘hopeful’ agenda.” And so it surely was.

The following are excepts from her remarks.

What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President’s State of the Union. Tonight we honor America – a nation that has witnessed the greatest rise of freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen. A nation where we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential. And a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol. …

I was single when I was elected – but it wasn’t long before I met Brian, a retired Navy commander, and now we have three beautiful children, one who was born just eight weeks ago. Like all parents, we have high hopes and dreams for our children, but we also know what it’s like to face challenges. Three days after we gave birth to our son, Cole, we got news no parent expects. Cole was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The doctors told us he could have endless complications, heart defects, even early Alzheimer’s. They told us all the problems. But when we looked at our son, we saw only possibilities. We saw a gift from God. Today we see a 6-year old boy who dances to Bruce Springsteen; who reads above grade level; and who is the best big brother in the world. We see all the things he can do, not those he can’t. Cole, and his sisters, Grace and Brynn, have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life – that whether we are born with an extra twenty-first chromosome or without a dollar to our name – we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential. …

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But now, we ask him to listen – to you – for the true state of the union lies in your heart and in your home. Tomorrow, I’ll watch my son Cole get on the school bus; others will wait in the doctor’s office or interview for that first job. Some of us will celebrate new beginnings… Others will face great challenges… But all of us will wake up and do what is uniquely American… We will look forward to the boundless potential that lies ahead. We will give thanks to the brave men and women who have answered America’s call to freedom, like Sgt. Jacob Hess from Spokane, who recently gave his life to protect all of ours.

So, tonight, I simply offer a prayer… A prayer for Sgt. Hess’s family, your family, and for our larger American family. That, with the guidance of God, we may prove worthy of His blessings of life … liberty … and the pursuit of happiness. For when we embrace these gifts, we are each doing our part to form a more perfect union. May God guide you and our President, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

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