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Jordan Candler / Mar. 23, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tom Homan, Alejandro Mayorkas, Dianne Feinstein, and more.

Insight: “It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.” —Lord Acton (1834-1902)

Upright: “We are among the biggest fools in history if we keep on paying people to make us hate each other. Whether it is called by pretty names like ‘multiculturalism,’ ‘diversity’ or ‘gender awareness,’ that is what it all boils down to. Endless repetition does not make something true.” —Thomas Sowell

Political futures: “Republicans who don’t stand up to the left’s gender madness are useless. This is a hard line issue. No capitulating. No compromise. Our side is 100 percent right. The other side is 100 percent wrong. They should get no concession and no consideration.” —Matt Walsh

Observations: “It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news. It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy.” —Federal Judge Laurence Silberman, DC Circuit for the Court of Appeals

For the record: “The Biden administration is still trying to blame President Trump for what’s going on the border right now. They’re ignoring the fact that — I don’t care if you love President Trump or hate him. You cannot deny the fact that he gave us the most secure border in my career, which is almost thirty-five years. I started in 1984 as a Border Patrol agent. I spent my entire career on border enforcement, immigration enforcement, and President Trump got it right. He had unprecedented success on that border. … Joe Biden has sold out this country to the progressive left to win an election. … This isn’t incompetence. This is by design. This is an open borders agenda that we all knew was coming.” —former ICE Acting Director Tom Homan

The BIG Lie I: “The prior administration dismantled the orderly and safe way that these children could make their claims. … It takes time because the entire system was dismantled. We are working on it and we will succeed because that is what we do.” —Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

The BIG Lie II: “The border is secure. The border is closed. We’ve been unequivocal in that and we are operationalizing our processes, executing our plans. We are a nation of laws, and we treat vulnerable children humanely. We can do it, and we are doing it.” — Alejandro Mayorkas

The BIG Lie III: “I think we are executing on our plans and, quite frankly, when we are finished doing so, the American public will look back on this and say we’ve secured our border and we upheld our values and our principles as a nation.” — Alejandro Mayorkas

Race bait: “We’re learning again what we’ve always known: Words have consequences. It’s the ‘coronavirus.’ Full stop. … Hate and violence often hide in plain sight. It’s often met with silence that’s been throughout our history, but that has to change because our silence is complicity.” —Joe Biden again falsely blaming racism for the Atlanta murders

Gaslighting: “This shooter [in Atlanta] was able to kill all of these folks the same day he purchased a firearm, but right now what is our [state] legislature doing? They busy … trying to prevent people from being able to vote the same day they register.” —Senator Raphael Warnock

Then (as in Thursday): “I do [support the filibuster] right now, yes. … It’s there and you deal with it, and you find you can deal with it. So, changing it, you have to think: What are the ramifications for the institution?” —Senator Dianne Feinstein | Now (as in Friday): “If … Republicans continue to abuse the filibuster by requiring cloture votes, I’m open to changing the way the Senate filibuster rules are used.” —Dianne Feinstein

And last… “This six-foot distancing requirement has probably been the single costliest mitigation tactic that we’ve employed in response to COVID.” —former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD

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