Publius / Dec. 20, 2016

Tuesday Short Cuts

Insight: “The moral justification of capitalism is man’s right to exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; it is the recognition that man — every man — is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others, not a sacrificial animal serving anyone’s need.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Belly laugh of the week: “My suggestion to the president-elect is, you know, going through the legislative process is always better, in part because it’s harder to undo.” —Barack “Executive Order” Obama

Braying Jackass: “[Donald Trump] doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” —Bill Clinton

Sore loser: “James Comey cost her the election.” —Bill Clinton

Hindsight is 20/20: “I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president [Bill Clinton], as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern.” —AG Loretta Lynch

Ya think? “This past election was challenging for me as a citizen to watch and experience. It was painful.” —Michelle Obama

Dezinformatsia: “By overwhelming majorities, Americans would prefer to elect the president by direct popular vote, not filtered through the antiquated mechanism of the Electoral College. … The Electoral College, which is written into the Constitution, is more than just a vestige of the founding era; it is a living symbol of America’s original sin.” —New York Times editorial board

For the record: “Just a reminder as we keep hearing about the popular vote: No one was trying to win it. A race for the popular vote would be totally different.” —David French

And last… “The electoral college worked great in 2008 and in 2012. The only difference this time is the outcome is one the NYT doesn’t like.” —Stephen Miller

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