Memeorandum is all a buzz (I’d say all a twitter but these aren’t tweets about the following words by Governor Rick Perry about State Senator Wendy Davis:
Who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives? In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.
and it produced the following reaction from the left.
Far from attacking Wendy Davis Perry points out that Davis didn’t let being a daughter of a single mother, a person who started with a disadvantage stop her. Nor did she let being a teenage mother herself stop her from achieving, she managed to go to Harvard, graduate and progress to the point where she was able to stand in the Texas senate and become an instant Liberal Hero.
Perry tells a story of success of life, of proving that starting with a disadvantage doesn’t preclude a person from success and the fact that she didn’t choose to abort her own child obviously makes a statement that she didn’t believe being a teen mother meant her child was doomed to failure.
Perry clearly didn’t hit her for being a teen mother, he instead notes she didn’t learn the lesson that like her child and herself all life has the same potential and value and hit her political decision.
The MSM and the folks at Think Progress and Huffington Post have an interesting take on the word “attack”, but it is highly necessary to twist Perry’s words to falsely state he attacked Davis for being a teen mother. His actual words don’t fit the liberal template so we have to do something about it.
Update: Typo in title fixed
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