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November 8, 2023

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Jolly, Jamaal Bowman, Barack Obama, and more.

Dumb & Dumber

“We have to crush the culture of guns in the United States. The instant access to guns, the ability of anybody to buy a gun, is absolutely foolish. It’s an absolutely foolish thing.” —former Congressman David Jolly (FL)

“The extreme MAGA Republican agenda has nothing to do with the American people. They want to default on our debt, shut down the government, crash the economy, censure Democrats, and avoid holding their own members accountable. This is who they are.” —House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

“There is no candidate that has ever run on the popularity of issues that Joe Biden has or the record of accomplishments.” —Deputy Biden Campaign Manager Quentin Fulks

“No matter how much we are seeing the job growth and all of that, people are still struggling with affordability, and that’s an issue we need to hold the Republican Party accountable for.” —Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)

“We need to figure out how we need to improve our messaging. Because I do think we have a messaging issue.” —Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-FL)

“Just because an economic system generates wealth and innovation doesn’t mean it guarantees a good society. Because from the outset, it turns out market-based systems have been compatible with slavery, caste systems, colonialization, war, exploitation, corruption, fraud, autocracy, the poisoning of our natural environment.” —former President Barack Obama

Useful Idiots

“Israel has a right to defend itself. I don’t think anyone disagrees with that. But what they are doing now in an indiscriminate way — bombing refugee camps, bombing ambulances, killing thousands of innocent men, women, and children, in violation of international law — is simply not acceptable. It has got to stop. … If they’re going to take our money … they have got to recognize that they cannot offend American values.” —Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)

“It’s one thing to support Israel, which the U.S. has always done and will continue to do. It’s another thing to never hold Israel accountable for their behavior, whether it’s related to the occupation, the open-air prison that is Gaza, or the war crimes that are taking place right now during this siege. … In terms of collective punishment, that’s what’s happening right now.” —Jamaal Bowman

“Criticism should not go without an attempt to understand [Rashida Tlaib’s] point of view, her position, where she comes from, the fact that she is Palestinian, the fact that she has seen injustice and inequity on her side.” —Congressman André Carson (D-IN)

For the Record

“Progressive American Jews are shocked by their fellow progressives. But the only thing that is shocking is their shock. The Left wing has been calling for an economic boycott of Israel for decades and has labeled Israel an ‘apartheid’ state.” —Dennis Prager

“I realized that we had entered a very dark period when, instead of crying out in horror that infants were massacred, supporters of Palestine were quibbling about whether the children had been decapitated, thrown in ovens or simply shot. That was the hill the defenders of Hamas were willing to die upon.” —Christine Flowers

“The censorship-industrial complex was bigger than we thought. It wasn’t just Big Government working with Big Tech to limit your tweets and posts. It was Big Government, Big University, and Big Tech all working together to limit speech, and it was disproportionately targeting conservatives.” —Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH)


“The moral tragedy that has befallen Americans is our belief that it is okay for government to forcibly use one American to serve the purposes of another — that in my book is a working definition of slavery.” —Walter Williams (1936-2020)

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