Publius / August 12, 2015

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “The governments of the great states have two instruments for keeping the people dependent, in fear and obedience: a coarser, the army; and a more refined, the school.” —Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Fund this, not that: “The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly. … And you just shouldn’t be funding it. That should not be funded by the government, and I feel strongly about that. What I would do when the time came, I’d look at the individual things they do. … I’m sure they do some things properly and good and that are good for women, and I would look at that.” —Donald Trump (Except that’s what the law says now, and it doesn’t mean a thing.)

Village Idiots: “Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take. We hope that the rest of the GOP field will wake up and reconsider their extreme and unpopular positions on defunding preventive care, abortion bans, and the other economic issues that women and their families care about.” —Planned Parenthood

Alpha Jackass: “The police have weaponized blackness. To be black is considered a threat [in Ferguson] and in cities across the country.” —Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson

Braying Jenny: “There’s really no point in confronting the GOP, at least I think during the primaries. Because GOP members will pretty much flatly tell you that they don’t care about black lives. So instead we really need to put pressure on people who claim that they care about black lives.” —Black Lives Matter activist Marissa Johnson

And last… “Just to keep things equal with the line of questioning at the Republican debate, the first question that should be asked of Hillary Clinton at a Democrat debate: ‘Mrs. Clinton, let me mention seven names: Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, Beth Dozoretz, Denise Rich. Now, tell us: How can you look at anyone with a straight face and talk to them about family values, when It Takes a Village to satisfy your husband?’” —Rush Limbaugh

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