Tuesday Short Cuts

Publius · Jan. 12, 2016

Insight: “Government is like fire. If it is kept within bounds and under the control of the people, it contributes to the welfare of all. But if it gets out of place, if it gets too big and out of control, it destroys the happiness and even the lives of the people.” —Harold E. Stassen (1907-2001)

Class warfare I: “I would say that people who make $250,000 a year are doing pretty well.” —Bernie Sanders, who simply wants to take more from those earners

Class warfare II: “I’m proposing every idea I can … to make those at the top actually pay their fair share.” —Hillary Clinton

Non sequitur: “I saw homegrown terrorism in Oklahoma City, and I saw foreign terrorism in New York City, and I saw people grieving over the loss of their loved ones. And at some point, we all have to come together as a country again and stand against violence and do something to get the guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, no matter who they are.” —Hillary Clinton (Notice that the Oklahoma and New York attacks didn’t involve guns.)

Narrative fail: “Certainly one thing we can do is to keep guns out of the hands of people like [the assailant who tried to murder a Philadelphia cop]. [S]omebody who planned to carry out a terrorist act or somebody who has significant mental problems shouldn’t be so easily able to get their hands on a gun.” —Josh Earnest (The firearm used in the attack was stolen from the police.)

Non Compos Mentis: “Ninety percent [of terror assaults on American soil] are from these white Caucasian men. … Usually they are people who are religiously motivated and politically conservative. … 9/11 is basically the only act of foreign-born terrorism that’s ever happened in the United States.” —University of California-Merced lecturer Dr. Ross Avilla

And last… “Tonight, Obama will deliver a speech describing a strong, optimistic America. He’ll be reading Reagan’s 1986 State of the Union address.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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