By Dave Andrusko
Since September 1—the day the Supreme Court refused to grant the request of pro-abortionists to block enforcement of Texas’s SB8—it seems as if no minute, certainly no hour, goes by that some abortion advocate doesn’t misrepresents what the justices did. They did not rule on the Heartbeat law’s constitutionality. That is for another day.
On a 5-4 vote, the justices simply acknowledged the obvious: The application for injunctive relief “presents complex and novel antecedent procedural questions on which they have not carried their burden.”
Nancy Flanders’ story, which we reposted today, reinforces that, language, to abortion advocates, is like funny putty that can be carved, molded, and sculpted as circumstances require. For example, they are “grasping at straws,” she writes, pretending that the “preborn child’s heartbeat isn’t present at six weeks and that “the sound of the thumping is from the machine.”
To be frank, it would take the entire staff at National Right to Life working full-time, assisted by plenty of volunteers, to even begin to correct all the mistakes, misrepresentations, and malicious myth-mongering pro-abortionists grind out virtually on a daily basis. It’s bad enough they produce pseudo “scientific” studies, but it is made infinitely worse by a compliant media that acts essentially as dutiful stenographers.
With that in mind, here are two of my favorite Mark Twain quotes:
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
When it comes to defending the defenseless, the two Twain quotes that most strike home for me are
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Of course, there is irony galore in that the former quote is actually Charles Sturgeon’s. I’m sure Twain is smiling (painfully) about that. Sturgeon was a famous 19th Century Baptist preacher and Twain’s relationship to organized religion (to put it politely) was strained.
But whether it is Sturgeon or Twain, I have often thought of the significance (and the relevance) of that insight: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”
When, for instance, abortion advocates declare life does not begin at conception or that this is a “controversial statement,” you must carefully offer up the many textbooks that say, yes, human life does begin at conception.
Then when they switch gears and/or fudge, you must carefully explain that human “life” may have started millions of years ago, but the life of each and every individual human begins at conception.
Which takes us back to Twain’s insight, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
Our benighted opposition traffics in obfuscation and distinctions that are so obtuse no one can follow them or are distinctions without a difference.
Here is a huge advantage for us. Our case is straightforward. We are all of us in this together. It is a gross injustice to kill dependent beings (such as unborn children, newborns some think lack sufficient “quality,” or the medically fragile elderly) because they cannot defend themselves.
It’s nice to have the truth on your side.