Jordan Candler / April 19, 2021

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Harsanyi, Ben Shapiro, Ron DeSantis, and more.

Insight: “The justification and the purpose of freedom of speech is not to indulge those who want to speak their minds. It is to prevent error and discover truth. There may be other ways of detecting error and discovering truth than that of free discussion, but so far we have not found them.” —Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998)

Re: The Left: “We live in a skewed world where a woman can be hounded out of her job at Teen Vogue for making jokes when she was 17, where The New York Times believes it’s newsworthy to track down the prom date of Josh Hawley for comment, and where Supreme Court nominees are attacked for jokes they made in their high school yearbooks, but somehow pointing out that the person put in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division once spouted racist rhetoric, and now supports an anti-Semite, is beyond the pale. … [Kristen] Clarke has every right to live free and work where she can, but she has no God-given right to hold a position of power over citizens. With her history, she shouldn’t.” —David Harsanyi

For the record: “So Twitter has banned James O'Keefe for reporting on CNN by using long-utilized undercover techniques; Facebook has barred a story about Patrisse Cullors’ house for reporting in a way that is frequently used. This isn’t about barring methods. It’s about barring content.” —Ben Shapiro

Observations: “We need to start talking about Joe Biden’s border crisis as intent more than incompetence. What we’re seeing now reflects what Democrats believe immigration should be. Open borders. Amnesty. Catch and release. Banning voter ID. They know what they’re doing. This is intentional.” —Mark Meadows

Belly laugh of the week: “Rep. Hank Johnson says he is not worried that four more Supreme Court justices will make Guam capsize.” —Trey Gowdy predicting an upcoming headline

The BIG Lie: “Some people will say we’re packing the Court. We’re not packing it; we’re unpacking it.” —Congressman Jerry Nadler

Grand delusions: “The Republicans stole two seats on the Supreme Court, and now it is up to us to repair that damage.” —Senator Ed Markey

Non compos mentis: “Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure.” —Congressman Mondaire Jones

Say that again. Slowly. “We’ve got some of the strongest protocols in the country and yet this virus has come raging back.” —Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

And last… “If you get a vaccine … you’re immune and so act immune. If you tell people … it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point of going through it?” —Governor Ron DeSantis

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