Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Colin Kaepernick, Julian Castro, John Kerry, and more.

Political Editors · Dec. 2, 2019

Insight: “In America, our origins matter less than our destination.” —Ronald Reagan

For the record: “Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars — Greta Thunberg has killed the car show. They’re taught at school, before they say ‘Mummy and Daddy,’ that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads.” —former “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson

Village idiots: “Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always.” —Colin Kaepernick celebrating “Unthanksgiving Day” last Thursday

Braying jackass: “There’s a certain element within [the Republican] base that seems to love it when people are cruel to one another. And I don’t know why that is. … Trump has built up his political record and reputation, and this administration has continued a record of cruelty toward migrants, toward people who are poor, and there’s a certain amount of that base that seems to love it.” —Julian Castro

Hot air on climate change: “There are great efforts out there. Many environmental groups, young people particularly. But no country is getting the job done. … Things are getting worse, not better. We have unlikely allies coming together here. There’s no group that has people as diverse as ours in terms of nationality, age, gender, ideology, background, life experience, and all of these people have come together saying, ‘We’ve got to treat this like a war.’” —John Kerry

And last… “When you consider what an enormous windfall gain it is to be born in America, it is painful to hear some people complain bitterly that someone else got a bigger windfall gain than they did.” —Thomas Sowell

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