By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director
Editor’s note. These remarks were part of a Friday General Session at NRLC’s annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Part One ran on Thursday.
So what is the status of the United States House of Representatives?
I recently read that the DCCC is trying to motivate their troops by saying the House is in play next year.
Democrats need 24 House seats to take over leadership. What happens then can be summed up in two words:
With Nancy Pelosi in control of the gavel, pro-life legislation would be blocked and children’s lives would be at stake.
Political pundits claimed this year’s special elections would be an indicator of what is to come in 2018.
To get an idea how that has been working out for them, look at CNN’s response to pro-life Karen Handel’s win over pro-abortion Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.
The election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district was touted by many to be a bellwether race for the 2018 elections.
Jon Ossoff supported abortion on demand and lost.
Karen Handel’s position on life reflects the true values of Georgia’s voters and she won.
The win in Georgia marked the fifth of five 2017 elections in which the pro-life candidate endorsed by National Right to Life won. Elections in Kansas’ 4th congressional district, Omaha’s mayoral election, Montana’s at-large special election, and South Carolina’s 5th congressional district in which pro-life Republican Ralph Norman defeated pro-abortion Democrat Archie Parnell were clear-cut pro-life/pro-abortion contests.
In each of these five elections the Republican was pro-life and opposed using tax dollars to pay for abortion, while the Democrat candidate supported unlimited abortion, and supported using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand.
In each of these races, the National Right to Life Victory Fund informed pro-life voters about the stark contrast between the candidates on life.
In April, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez decided that the DNC would only support candidates who support an extreme abortion agenda calling for unrestricted abortion for any reason – including late abortions after 20 weeks and taxpayer funding of abortion.
In many areas of the country, Democratic candidates must have pro-life votes in order to win, however they also must appease the pro-abortion masters of the Democratic Party, including Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List.
The National Right to Life Victory Fund contacted thousands of identified pro-life voters in Georgia by mail, phone, and through social media with information about the differences between pro-life Republican Karen Handel and pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Despite nearly $60 million spent in the most expensive congressional race in history, Handel prevailed 52% to 48%.
This points out the problem Democrats have that will continue to cause them to lose elections across the nation.
The most ridiculous evidence of this recently took place when West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin appeared in a picture holding a Planned Parenthood sign that read, “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”
Manchin later appeared in a picture with a pro-life group holding a sign that read, “We don’t need Planned Parenthood.”
There are similar situations in other parts of the country where Democratic senators must have pro-life votes to win including Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias recently said,
“The pro-abortion side cannot match the infrastructure and grassroots base of National Right to Life and its 3,000 chapters and state affiliates, which can respond quickly anywhere in the country.
With this latest pro-abortion litmus test for Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections.”
I began by talking about military strategies developed by Sun Tzu around 500 B.C. which are currently used by armies all over the world even today.
I’ll close by looking at recent history: our Revolutionary War.
Thomas Paine, in The Crisis, wrote,
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
So what is a summer soldier or sunshine patriot? Thomas Paine claims he is one who shrinks from the service of their country.
I believe it is someone with no backbone or resolve to do right – someone unwilling to sacrifice for the greater good.
Are pro-life voters summer soldiers or sunshine patriots?
You selflessly devote yourselves to the unborn, and those who are vulnerable in our society.
I promise you that National Right to Life will not allow pro-abortion candidates to hide behind other issues. We will do our best to expose their extreme views of unlimited abortion and using taxpayer funding of abortion on demand.
Together will pro-lifers across the nation, with your help, we will battle tirelessly to expose the true positions of candidates on life.
I’ll close with your marching orders.
When you leave this convention you’’ be armed with the truth and equipped for battle.
So what are your marching orders for 2018?
Enlist more troops.
Rally the troops.
Pray for those troops with battle fatigue.
And, finally, every battle has its heroes.
You are our heroes.
Some of you have been paving the way for decades, while others are here for your first training ready to pick up the baton.
Many say that “all elections is local.”
That means we need you on the ground motivating the troops so that we can win these important battleground states.
As we continue to win these battles, we will one day win the war.