Publius / October 25, 2016

Tuesday Short Cuts

Insight: “There can be no compromise on basic principles. There can be no compromise on moral issues. There can be no compromise on matters of knowledge, of truth, of rational conviction.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Upright: “[Conservatives] are obligated not to despair. Now, about our country, yeah things may not look good. But we are obligated not to despair. Do I know what the outcome is going to be? No. Do I know that we’re going to be vindicated? No. But that’s not why you [fight]. You don’t do it to necessarily persuade, to feel that you’re going to persuade other people. You do it because it’s right.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

Since when is overstepping executive authority worthy of respect? “President Obama put in place a national climate action program — a plan for America — and I think history is going to be very respectful of the way in which he has been able to circumvent Congress, who didn’t want to do anything.” —John Kerry

Demo-gogues: “I ran against McCain, against Romney. I thought I could do a better job, but they’re both honorable men. And if they won, I wouldn’t worry about generally the course of the country. But what we haven’t seen before is somebody questioning integrity of elections and the will of the people.” —Barack Obama, who knows a thing or two about rejecting the will of the people

Braying Jenny: “Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote.” —Elizabeth Warren

Village Idiots: “There is a great term the Soviets used to use: ‘somebody being a useful idiot.’ I think that Trump falls into that category of people that are manipulated also by the Russians and the Russians are trying to interfere in our democracy because they don’t have one themselves.” —former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (“When Romney warned about Russia in 2012, Albright mocked him and said his views on Russia were ‘truly out of date.’” —Sean Davis)

And last… “The silver lining of this election is that no matter what happens, someone who very much deserves to lose is going to.” —Frank Fleming

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