Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Brett Stephens, Ian Bremmer, Charlie Kirk, and more.

Political Editors · May 28, 2019

Insight: “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” —Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

For the record: “The common thread here isn’t just right-wing populism. It’s contempt for the ideology of them before us: of the immigrant before the native-born; of the global or transnational interest before the national or local one; of racial or ethnic or sexual minorities before the majority; of the transgressive before the normal. It’s a revolt against the people who say: Pay an immediate and visible price for a long-term and invisible good. It’s hatred of those who think they can define that good, while expecting someone else to pay for it.” —New York Times columnist Brett Stephens on why conservatives are gaining ground worldwide and why Trump will win a second term

The BIG Lie: “President Trump in Tokyo: ‘Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.’” —Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer (As Bremmer later admitted, Trump said no such thing — though Trump did unnecessarily stir the pot with a callous statement.)

Non compos mentis: “It should be harder to get a gun than an abortion.” —Rep. Seth Moulton (Translation: It should be harder to uphold the Constitution than to infringe on it.)

And last… “This is your daily reminder that Obama weaponized the IRS against conservative groups who disagreed with his radical agenda The woman who led the effort, Lois Lerner, was never held accountable for her crimes and received pension and benefits on the taxpayer dollar.” —Charlie Kirk

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