Tuesday Short Cuts

Publius · Sep. 13, 2016

Insight: “The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.” —Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

For the record: “‘They are irredeemable’ is a strange thing for a professed Christian to say about anybody. Theology aside, it is a shocking thing for someone who aspires to the powers of the presidency to say about fellow Americans, even if she rightly thinks they hold deplorable views. But according to Mrs. Clinton, ‘thankfully they are not America.’ They are voting in an American election, which means by definition they are Americans. People beat up on Trump a while back for proposing an ‘ideological test’ for naturalization. Here is Mrs. Clinton putting forth an ideological test for people who are already American citizens.” —James Taranto

Alpha Jackass: “The response that the U.S. administration had to [9/11] … expanded [the jihad threat] to a wider space. In particular, Iraq. And even though France … rightly refused to join the intervention which it even condemned, it has still been a victim of the consequences of the chaos it caused.” —French President Francois Hollande

The BIG lie: “This administration has prided itself and made transparency in government a genuine priority and [Obama] believes the American people were well-served by that.” —Josh Earnest (“People who asked for records under the law received censored files or nothing in 77 percent of requests, [which is] a record.” —Associated Press, March 2016)

Non Compos Mentis: “I must advise the Clinton campaign to perform toxicologic analysis of Ms. Clinton’s blood. It is possible she is being poisoned. … I do not trust Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. With those two all things are possible.” —Bennet Omalu, the NFL’s concussion doctor

And last… “Given [Hillary’s] history of rampant, craven, deep, broad, sustained, overarching, continuous, relentless dishonesty about practically every aspect of her personal and public lives, is it really so implausible that she’d lie about her health? No. She’d lie about her health even if there were nothing to lie about, just to keep in practice.” —Kevin Williamson

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