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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Pulling On the Boots In Iraq And At Home

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Hugh Hewitt this afternoon:

And I probably ought to spend, and we here in the Department, ought to spend more time thinking about those messages, and how we can counteract the lies, because they are enormously successful. They can put out a lie, and then we're asked the question is that true. And we can know we think it's not true, but we have to be honest, and we have to be accurate. So we then have to spend two or three days trying to find out what the truth is, before we can rebut the lie. Well, the lie's been around the world 15 times by the time we even get our boots on.
Rumsfeld aptly described the motivation behind this blog – to steer the barge of conventional wisdom back toward truth, reason, and logic.

In the name of correcting the record, I'll take this opportunity to correct Hugh. The quote "a lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” is often attributed to Mark Twain, but he apparently did not originate it.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, an English Baptist preacher, delivered a sermon on April 1, 1855 that included the following passage:

If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly: it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, "A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on."
The contributers of Boots On wish to thank Charles Spurgeon for concisely articulating the need to blog.


Blogger I'm Irritated said...

I like the way it sounds with "boots" better. haha. Love the Roosevelt quote!

5/11/2006 1:34 PM  

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