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Publius / February 23, 2016

Tuesday Short Cuts

Insight: “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” —Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Upright: “We have a constitutional guarantee against unreasonable searches — generally, searches without warrants based on probable cause. … Our rights pre-exist and are independent of law enforcement’s capacity to intrude on them. It is law enforcement’s burden to evolve technological surveillance capabilities that can be deployed in a manner consistent with our rights; our rights are not burdened by the confines of law enforcement’s capabilities. The point of the Constitution is to limit government’s ability to intrude on liberty, not to limit the scope of liberty to government’s capacity for intrusion.” —Andrew McCarthy

Belly laugh of the week: “Bernie Sanders won 47 percent on Saturday. I haven’t seen the figure ‘47 percent’ get this much bad press since Mitt Romney’s comments to donors.” —Jim Geraghty

The BIG Lie: “I do not believe in regulation for regulation’s sake, contrary to rumor. This idea that somehow I get a kick out of big government is just not the case.” —Barack Obama

Rules are for the little people: “[Hillary Clinton], a high ranking official who should know better, [was] completely given a pass, and almost an apologetic pass. So how should us regular citizens feel, especially with heightened concerns about national security?” —Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer jailed for exposing classified intel

Village Idiots: “[Y]ou know that I know that you know that the system is rigged! For too long we’ve given our votes to corporate puppets. Sold the okie doke. … That’s why I am officially endorsing my brother, Bernie Sanders.” —director Spike Lee (“It’s the 75-year-old white man in Congress for 30 years who understands the hardships young blacks face today.” —Stephen Miller)

And last… “If Biden can get away with pointing to a comprehensive videotaped speech and saying ‘I didn’t say that’ we really are in a post-factual age.” —Charles C.W. Cooke

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