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The essence of that school-day speech, like the “Julia” theme, struck a disturbing chord with those of us whose ears perk up at the sound of our liberty fading into oblivion.

In a free society, the government’s role is to serve and protect its citizens while we, the people, exploit our freedom and make the most of our own lives.

The president’s vision of Julia’s life reflects a puny and offensive view of American women. It’s all reassurances of so-called “reproductive health” — because surely all women think with their uterus — and after that, it’s a pat on the head and a government check and congratulations on a great life.

It’s no wonder Julia can’t smile.

Marybeth Hicks is the author of “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.” Find her on the web at