The Patriot Post® · Thursday Short Cuts

By Jordan Candler ·

Insight: “The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological ‘atmosphere’ or ‘climate’ favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others.” —Arthur Balfour (1848-1930)

Upright: “So far, the focus has been on repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects the tech giants from being sued for what they post, based on the fiction that they are merely unbiased platforms. Republicans want their liability removed, but that may incentivize them to limit content even more, just as many Democrats want. The better approach is to treat these tech platforms as public utilities, just like water, electric, phone and gas companies, and regulate them as utilities. They’re monopolies, and they provide essential services to a dependent public. Public utilities cannot withhold services from some customers based on their political views.” —Betsy McCaughey

For the record: “It was revealed that a Chinese spy bundled donations to Eric Swalwell’s re-election in 2014 and instead of being taken off the intelligence committee, he was promoted to impeachment manager.” —Greg Price

Touché: “The ayatollah can tweet. The president can’t. Democrats can object on January 6, 2017, but Republicans aren’t allowed to object on January 6, 2021. Democrats say antifa is a myth. Republicans condemn all violence, all the time. The double standard has to stop.” —Rep. Jim Jordan

Observations: “Truth is more a shield than a sword. And we are now in the age of swords, wielded aggressively by those with little principle but an unending sense of their own moral superiority.” —Ben Shapiro

Tongue-in-cheek: “It’s highly offensive and frankly bigoted that they’re calling it impeachment instead of impeachwoment.” —Matt Walsh

Belly laugh: “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump.” —Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who probably spewed coffee typing that

Non compos mentis I: “I didn’t even feel safe going to that extraction point because there were QAnon and white supremacist members of Congress who I felt would disclose my location and create opportunities to allow me to be hurt.” —AOC

Non compos mentis II: “It is not an exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated. It’s just not an exaggeration to say that at all. We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes. That allowed members to escape the gap, the House floor unharmed. But many of us merely narrowly escaped death. And it’s also extremely traumatizing.” —AOC

Non compos mentis III: “I don’t want to hear or see the Republican Party talk about blue lives ever again.” —AOC

Non compos mentis IV: “I want to be clear to Senator Ted Cruz: You do not belong in the United States Senate. I want to be clear to Senator Josh Hawley: You do not belong in the United States Senate. … So get out.” —AOC

Alpha jackass: “Trump Is Blowing Apart the G.O.P. God Bless Him.” —NY Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman

Dezinformatsiya: “You can’t compare what happened this summer to what happened at the Capitol. It’s two different things. One was built on people, on racial justice, on criminal justice… OK? That was not a lie. Those are facts.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

And last… “Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers. The riots that swept across the country last year are fruits of that indoctrination and the utter disregard for other people’s rights that accompanied those riots. At the heart of that indoctrination is a sense of grievance and victimhood when others have better outcomes — which are automatically called ‘privileges’ and never called ‘achievements,’ regardless of what the actual facts are.” —Thomas Sowell