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3 ways Democrats are seizing on SOTU to use people as props

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

You’ve got to hand it to the Left. They lead the league in exploiting people. And they do it in such a timely manner!

Tonight is the State of the Union. And with all eyes on Washington, I count at least three high-profile causes for which liberals are using victims (or potential victims) as props:

1. Gun Control: CNN reports that, “[s]eated in the gallery will be at least 20 survivors of gun violence invited to attend the annual event by members of Congress, who are each given one ticket for a guest to view the speech in person.” Being a survivor, of course, grants one a sort of moral superiority — but does it mean you have special insight into policy matters? (Jackie Kucinich has a picture of their press conference.)

2. Immigration: TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports: ”A number of Democrats, including First Lady Michelle Obama, are bringing illegal immigrants as guests to the State of the Union on Tuesday.” (Note: If you really care about passing bipartisan immigration reform, this seems like a good way to guarantee that doesn’t happen.)

3. Sequester: It’s hard to feel sorry for government bureaucrats. But that doesn’t mean they won’t try to make us. (It’s always smart to put a human face on an issue.) As the WaPost reports, “The nation’s largest federal-employee union plans to rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday, with the group expecting more than 1,500 supporters to urge Congress to shield government programs and services from spending cuts.”