Political Editors / November 30, 2018

Friday Short Cuts

Non Compos Mentis: “My country gassed children. There are no words for my horror.” —Anne Hathaway

Insight: “Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat? No wonder school is compulsory.” —John Taylor Gatto (1937-2018)

For the record: “This week the Senate Judiciary Committee had to halt progress on confirming talented judges thanks to GOP Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. … Mr. Flake’s stunt will have zero effect on President Trump or Mr. Mueller, and he’s compromising a substantive principle to make a futile political gesture. Mr. Flake is hurting the cause of confirming conservative judges who would enforce the Constitution in the name of a bill that is unconstitutional.” —The Wall Street Journal

Belly laugh of the week: “Canada has done such a good job of both managing its contemporary diversity and it has a very interesting immigration system. And yet it’s still Canada. And I just think that you can model the idea that you can become more diverse and still keep your culture and your values. It’s really very good for a modern economy. And the United States will have to return to that if it expects to play a positive role in the future.” —Bill Clinton

Non Compos Mentis: “My country gassed children. There are no words for my horror. To those who will immediately speak of ‘doing it the right way’, who will ‘blame the parents for putting the children in this position’, or say ‘they were storming the wall’, and ‘they were throwing rocks’: the only human response to this monstrous use of force against LEGAL asylum seekers — against children — is condemnation, shame, and rage. For those that still believe in voting for the man who recommended using lethal force on families fleeing violence and persecution: this is the policy you like?” —Anne Hathaway

Braying Jackass: “Donald J. Trump is now the face of climate denial. … There will be an opportunity, a little bit less than two years from right now, for people who’ve had enough of this stuff to register and vote in large numbers and make a statement — that we want to get back on the track to the real America, and the real American Dream.” —Al Gore

Family squabbles: “If Beto O'Rourke wants to go and run for president … he should put his hat in and make his case. But he lost. You don’t usually promote a loser to the top of party.” —Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Unless you’re promoting Hillary Clinton, of course.)

And last… “It’s no coincidence that as societies become more progressive, they also become less Christian, and vice versa. This has obviously happened in Europe, and numbers show it’s happening in America. Government replaces God.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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