“On behalf of my family here and gone”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivering his vice presidential acceptance speech at the third day of the Republican National Convention.

Pro-Life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivering his vice presidential acceptance speech at the third day of the Republican National Convention.

Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 7. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran July 21.

While my kids have seemingly memorized every line from every movie of the last two decades, I’m lucky if I can remember what I had for breakfast. But the second line of Gov. Mike Pence’s vice presidential acceptance speech last night instantly reminded me of the famous line from “Jerry Maguire” in which the character played by Renee Zellwegger says, “You Had Me At Hello.”

What did the pro-life governor of Indiana say right out of the box that so tugged on my heart?

Mr. Chairman, delegates, friends, and my fellow Americans: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am deeply humbled by your confidence, and on behalf of my family here and gone, I accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States of America.

“On behalf of my family here and gone.” Don’t ask me why, because I can’t tell you why, but after just a few seconds, I teared up.

Maybe it’s because my wife was with our daughters finishing up plans for the wedding of our youngest daughter and I was watching the convention by myself. (She even took the dogs with her!) I don’t like empty houses.

Maybe, on a happier note, it was because Gov. Pence is a fellow Midwestern. (We do stick together.)

Maybe it’s because he is a rock-solid pro-lifer who will be vilified and viciously caricatured beyond recognition for standing up for unborn babies.

Maybe, just maybe, it was because–even though I have followed this day by day for well over a year–the gravity, the magnitude of the stakes in this presidential election suddenly almost overwhelmed me.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

Roe v. Wade unleashed America’s onslaught against unborn babies. You and I have fought this monstrous evil since the deadly misnomer of “abortion reform” was coined in the 1960s.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

But if Hillary Clinton is elected President, there will be another certainty as certain as death and taxes. And that is a President Clinton, along with her pro-abortion sisters at NARAL and Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List, will not rest until every shred of protection we have been able to create for the littlest Americans is vanquished.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

I have called Mrs. Clinton a True Believer’s True Believer. Is this not an over-the-top exaggeration? After all, there is no shortage of women and men whose lives revolve around killing unborn babies or defending the “right” to pulverize the most defenseless among us.

No.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

There is a fanaticism about Mrs. Clinton that pro-lifers should never, ever underestimate. She has been singing the song of abortion as female empowerment for so many decades Clinton doubtlessly believes it with every fiber in her body.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

That is a small choir she is singing to, but relentless. “Only” a little over a million abortions each year (just in the United States)? The conclusion for most Americans is “Good!”

For Hillary Clinton, it is a sign of an unmet demand for death. After all, in the “good old days,” we killed 1.6 million per year–and that was with a much smaller population.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

She is at the intersection of a web of private and governmental and UN-funded entities who see their destiny as killing as many unborn babies in as many countries as humanly possible as soon as possible. Death is their calling card. Death justifies their existence. Death is their reason for living.

On behalf of my family here and gone.

If Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States, there will be many more millions of unborn babies “gone” worldwide. Not because of natural causes, but because of the most unnatural act of all:

Killing our own progeny.

Let not a single pro-lifer look back four months from now and, like the Ghost of Jacob Marley, bitterly recall, “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”

On behalf of my family here and gone.