A picture is worth a thousand words

We have all heard, or read the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Throughout time since the invention of the camera, photo-journalism has been used to capture events of interest to many segments of society.

Notable examples would be images of the Civil War between the states. The first flight at Kitty Hawk. The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point in 1869. The Shroud of Turin. Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile in 1954. The college hockey guys that kicked the Russians’ butt at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jackie Robinson rounding 3rd against the Yankees during the ’55 World Series.

The camera can also be used for photo-ops as a means to an end. The massacre at Sharpsville, 1960, that documents the atrocity by white police of killing 69 negroes and injuring 180 more for no reason. Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as U.S. President on Air Force One, 1963. Elizabeth Eckford being harassed by white students in Little Rock for just going to school, 1957. The planting of the Stars and Stripes by United States Marines at Iwo Jima, 1945.

Arguably, perhaps the most powerful image to be published was the stack of starved-to-death Jews during the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. So outraged were Generals Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley, they opened the death center, and others, and marched the local German civilians through it, and them, to witness the evil that had been taking place there.

Words, too, are important. A subject spoken about without a visual reference requires thought about what the subject is about. A subject that drives much conversation these days is that of abortion. Unlike the examples I cited earlier, when was the last time you have seen a stack of dead babies? The answer of course, is never. The photo-journalist Margaret Bourke-White carried the horrible images of the starved to death Jews to the world via Life magazine. Likewise, the Parisian photo-journalist Roger Schall documented some of the vilest of incidents by the Nazis. His image of the imbedded hand prints in a Nazi torture chamber where the prisoners were electrocuted, the pain so great their hands literally ripped the wall apart.

In the United States of America, what we have done to the unborn makes Hitler look like an amateur. It is estimated Hitler killed 6 million Jews. Almost unthinkable, when you think about the manner in which most of them were killed. In America, it is estimated we have, by law, exterminated by surgical execution between 60 and 70 million innocent human beings. They broke no law, were not presented at trial, not represented by counsel — just killed.

So, you might counter, “it is the law of the land” And, you would be correct. So, too, was the Dred Scott decision the law of the land. Mr. Scott being a Negro was ruled a non-citizen, based solely on the color of his skin. That ruling has been universally described as “The Worst Decision” ever made by a U.S. Supreme Court. It then led to the Civil War and the 13th Amendment.

The 5th and 14th amendments mention Life, Liberty, Property and the Pursuit of Happiness. Although accurate estimates vary, it is safe to say that at any given time there are two million couples waiting to adopt. The nine month term of pregnancy is a short time in the life of a mother. Rather than kill the child, how about letting one of those two million couples have it?

Since Roe vs. Wade, America has slaughtered about 70 million human beings in the form of a baby. The current empirical medical evidence demonstrates the baby in the womb is a real person. It is time to put Roe vs. Wade out to pasture as was done with Dred Scott. The names Blackmun, Burger, Douglas, Brennan, Stewart, Marshall and Powell can all be associated with the American Holocaust, as Hitler is the the Jewish Holocaust.

Abortion is the sadistic, brutal, obscene, ghastly, barbaric destruction of innocent humanity. Is there a photo-journalist out there, cut from the same cloth as Schall, Bourke-White, George Strock or Cartier-Bresson, willing to bring to America and show via photographs what seven justices wrought?

Edmund Burke is credited with the following quote: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. So Governor Holcomb I have to ask ... Are you a good man? Defy the court! Declare in the state of Indiana killing babies is no longer legal. If you will not, then who will? Lets see. Indeed, Let. Us. See.

David Cooper


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