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Publius / Sep. 26, 2016

Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “I have seen the rise and fall of Nazi tyranny, the subsequent cold war and the nuclear nightmare that for 50 years haunted the dreams of children everywhere. During that time my generation defeated totalitarianism. As a result, your world is poised for better tomorrows. What will you do on your journey?”

Upright: “I don’t want to make the case that the federal government can just pass a law and this [racial tension] is all going to go away. I think what we need to do is make sure we go in the communities, listen, learn, identify local homegrown solutions, support them. And then see if we can find good solutions that could be replicated in other areas. And that’s the kind of dialogue we’re trying to achieve.” —Paul Ryan

Fed up: “I think it’s a problem — anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out. … I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick. He probably has no respect for me. That’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.” —Hall of Fame NFL coach Mike Ditka

For the record: “I love the way that [Ted] Cruz said ‘after searching his conscience…’ Whenever a politician says he is searching his conscience, you can assume it was a quick search of a very small space. I don’t denounce them or deplore what they’re doing here. This is business as usual, but weren’t they the candidates who were against the business as usual? This is politics. This is exactly what you’d expect, but it is not how they sell themselves.” —Charles Krauthammer on Cruz’s Trump endorsement

Friendly fire: “[Hillary Clinton] doesn’t really tell you how she’s going to stop the attacks. She just seems to lecture on us how to be a better person.” —HBO’s Bill Maher

And last… “Obama first learned he used a pseudonym to email through Hillary’s private server like every one else did, by watching the news.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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