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Jordan Candler / March 25, 2021

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Harsanyi, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and more.

Insight: “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.” —William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Tongue-in-cheek: “Before climate change Central America was in great shape and never had any revolutions.” —David Harsanyi

Friendly fire: “Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.” —Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

The buck stops… “I mean, first of all, we were left with a very challenging situation [at the border]. … I mean, again, we were presented, when we came in, with some serious challenges.” —VP Kamala Harris

And we’ve got beachfront property to sell in Tennessee: “Stop pushing the false choice that this means everybody’s trying to come after your guns. That is not what we’re talking about.” —Kamala Harris

The BIG Lie: “In a majority of states, new voters are able to obtain a rifle quicker than they’re able to cast their first ballot. It seems to me we have our priorities entirely backwards when it comes to this — when we make it easier to buy a gun than we do to cast a ballot.” —Senator Alex Padilla

Non compos mentis I: “We’re living in a nation today where 30% or 40% of the American people have given up on democracy — a worldwide problem. How do we combat that? We got to deal with voter suppression and the effort of Republicans to make it harder and harder for people of color, lower-income people, to vote.” —Senator Bernie Sanders

Non compos mentis II: “I believe that we should do away with the filibuster. I think the filibuster is an impediment to addressing the needs of this country, and especially of working-class people. So I believe that at this moment we should get rid of the filibuster, and I will work as hard as I can to do that.” —Bernie Sanders

Braying jackass: “The Republican Party has moved not only very far to the right, but moved in the direction of authoritarianism.” —Bernie Sanders

Alpha jackass: “What Trump understood is we are living in a very rapidly changing world. And there are many people … who feel that they’re losing control of the world that they used to dominate. And somebody like Donald Trump says: ‘We are going to preserve the old way of life, where older white males dominated American society. We’re not going to let them take that away from us.’ That is where [the Republicans’] energy is.” —Bernie Sanders

A blind squirrel finds a nut I: “I think there is not an appreciation of rural America or the values of rural America, the sense of community that exists in rural America. And somehow or another, the intellectual elite does have, in some cases, a contempt for the people who live in rural America.” —Bernie Sanders

A blind squirrel finds a nut II: “If you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that. … Because yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view. I don’t like giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people.” —Bernie Sanders

And last… “There is a reason the Left uses mass shootings as the pretext for gun control. That’s because generalized homicide stats show that the best solution to homicide is more policing, and that gun control in America’s major cities – where murder is most common — has failed.” —Ben Shapiro

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