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Quotes

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Eddie Scarry, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, and more.

Political Editors · Dec. 3, 2019

Insight: “The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power.” —General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

Nailed it: “Any foreign citizen who mistakenly overstays their visa for even just one day is considered an ‘illegal’ resident. If a traveler from India has no intention of staying in the U.S. but remains here for an extra week, his status is illegal. That’s not the type of person we’re worried about. We’re worried about the hundreds of thousands who are coming every month with the purpose of staying, and those people are making their way in by illegally crossing into the country from Mexico and then claim they are seeking asylum.” —Eddie Scarry

Political futures: “House Democrats are abusing their impeachment power for political advantage. It is a miscalculation: They will never remove the president, but they might well help him win four more years in power.” —Andrew McCarthy

Grand delusions: “My goal is to get elected — but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Tone deaf: “The ultimate goal … is to defeat a president and a party that has … taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core traditions and values and institutional commitments that built this country.” —Barack Obama, who’s actually describing Democrats very accurately

Friendly fire: “The field will narrow and there’s going to be one person, and if that is not your perfect candidate and there are certain aspects of what they say that you don’t agree with and you don’t find them completely inspiring the way you’d like, I don’t care. Because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high that you cannot afford to be ambivalent in this race.” —Barack Obama

Hot air: “Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible. We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions.” —United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Village hypocrites: “It’s time for an economic revolution. Capitalism today is failing us, killing us, and robbing from our children’s future.” —multimillionaire actor Mark Ruffalo

And last… “How long before Bernie Sanders laments the variety of chicken sandwiches available in American fast food outlets?” —Erick Erickson

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