Publius / February 17, 2016

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “Socialism is the fantastic younger brother of despotism, which it wants to inherit. Socialism wants to have the fullness of state force which before only existed in despotism.” —Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

For the record: “He’s a smart guy that knows what’s going on really big league. … I think pretty strongly that he’ll end up being a good mayor, maybe a very good mayor. … I think he is going to want to make New York great.” —Donald Trump two years ago endorsing Socialist Bill de Blasio for New York mayor

The BIG lie: “Keep in mind, the people that perpetrated that travesty in San Bernardino had never been to the Middle East. They were converted over the social media.” —Bill Clinton (Says the guy who refused to take out Osama bin Laden.)

The truth hurts: “[T]here is … a double standard with Hillary Clinton, and we have to be honest about it. She’s being judged by a double standard, I will admit. And it’s this: If Hillary Clinton were a man, with her identical record, she would not even be running for president. She would have been laughed out of it.” —Rush Limbaugh

Speaking of double standards… “We are entering uncharted waters in the history of the U.S. system of checks and balances, with potentially momentous consequences. Having gridlocked the Senate for years, Republicans now want to gridlock the Supreme Court with a campaign of partisan sabotage aimed at denying the president’s constitutional duty to pick nominees. Republicans should not insult the American people’s intelligence by pretending there is historical precedent for what they are about to do. There is not.” —Harry Reid

Alpha Jackass: “In a nation built on slavery, white men propose denying the first black president his constitutional right to name Supreme Court nominee.” —New York Times editorialist Brent Staples (“Never mind that this would be Obama’s third such appointment; Staples’ tweet is but a drop in the river of poison to come.” —Jonah Goldberg)

And last… “Hillary suggests that lie-detecting dogs be used at all political speeches. The remainder of her speech was drowned-out by barking.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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