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Truth is truth, in season and out

by | Jan 29, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

It’s a far different March for Life this year for all the obvious reasons. The 100,000 to 200,000 pro-life champions will not be assembling on the National Mall to voice their support for unborn children and their mothers. Instead, the March for Life will be virtual. 

It’ll be interesting to see what the usual pro-abortion outlets say. On Monday I’ll offer a “greatest hits” –so to speak—of media malpractice.

Looking ahead, if past is indeed prologue, we can  know 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  will grind out It’s bad enough they produce pseudo “scientific” studies (which we debunk as regularly as they come out—see here), but it is made infinitely worse by a compliant media that acts essentially as 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.

But when it comes to defending the defenseless, the two Twain quotes that most strike home 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 it as it turns out,  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 they are distinctions without a difference.

Our  huge advantage is that our case is straightforward. 

We are 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.

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