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Publius / August 31, 2016

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote — a very different thing.” —Walter H. Judd (1898-1994)

Good question: “Rush Limbaugh made an excellent point about the controversy over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the Star-Spangled Banner. The Dallas Cowboys wanted to put a decal on their helmets to honor five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper. But the National Football League denied the request. … [I]f teams are required to be uniform with the league, why can’t they be uniform in respecting the national anthem?” —Todd Starnes

Demo-gogues: “The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to mount. … The prospect of individuals tied to Trump, Wikileaks and the Russian government coordinating to influence our election raises concerns of the utmost gravity and merits full examination.” —Harry Reid, who also made false accusations against Mitt Romney in 2012 (Did we mention that Ted Kennedy appealed for Soviet help to defeat Ronald Reagan in 1984?)

The BIG lie: “Planned Parenthood is not a eugenicist organization. I think that is incredibly offensive.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who rejects the fact that Margaret Sanger, PP’s founder, viewed eugenics favorably

Non Compos Mentis: “Detroit has 10,000 empty, structurally sound houses — 10,000. And lot of jobs to be had repairing those houses. Detroit just came out of bankruptcy and the mayor’s trying to do an innovative sort of urban homesteading program there. But it just gives you an example of what could be done. And I think any of us who have ever had any personal experience with either Syrian Americans or Syrian refugees think it’s a pretty good deal.” —Bill Clinton in February, notable now because Obama has met his goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees

And last… “The CEO of Wendy’s says the election is hurting the chain’s burger sales — people are spending less because they are worried about the future. Let’s be honest here, if you’re eating a Wendy’s Baconator, you’re probably not too concerned about the future.” —Jimmy Fallon

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