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Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Rich Lowry, and more.

Insight: “America, my friends, is the only country in the world actually founded on liberty — the only one. People went to America to be free.” —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

“So, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar Is pressing Biden ‘to at long last close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.’ I think all the Gitmo detainees should locked up in Omar’s attic!” —Mark Alexander

Re: The Left: “If there’s one thing as certain as death and taxes, it’s that the left is indefatigable and heartless. They make it personal when you don’t bend to their wishes. It was personal against [Jack] Phillips — and they made an example of him. … Phillips is the victim here, not those who have singled him out for punishment to make a societal statement. They can find plenty of bakers thrilled to make a cake to their specifications. But that’s not enough. Truth be told, Phillips’ tormentors probably don’t even care about a cake at all. Their goal is to suppress opposing views. No, that’s too charitable. They want to force us what to think and to say.” —David Limbaugh

Getting nowhere, part I: “Foreign policy experts, national defense professionals and many Americans were scratching their heads when President Biden said he gave Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that Putin cannot hack. … The very idea of a list of things that are off limits immediately suggests that some things are okay to hack. It’s like saying to a robber, ‘If you break into my house, you can take the couch but not the TV.’” —Gary Bauer

Getting nowhere, part II: “Someone asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 what score I’d give to Biden for his G7 meeting in Britain and his one-on-one meeting with Putin in Geneva. I gave Biden a five for just showing up in Europe. Then I started subtracting — all the way down to zero, because that’s what the U.S. got from Biden’s trip. … When my father was negotiating with the Soviets in the 1980s, someone asked him to sum up his strategy on the Cold War. He answered, ‘We win, they lose.’ If President Biden had been asked the same question before meeting Putin this week, he should have answered ‘They win, we lose.’ Because that’s exactly the message he conveyed.” —Michael Reagan

For the record: “Biden justifies almost any increased domestic spending as designed to check China’s ambitions, at the same time he neglects what is most needful to keep China from dominating its region and waging war on our allies or perhaps the U.S. itself. If we can deter China from taking Taiwan with subsidies for electric cars, Biden is inarguably the Churchill of his time. If we can counter China’s defense buildup with more funding for affordable housing, Biden deserves to take his place beside Alfred Thayer Mahan or George Kennan as great strategic thinkers. Otherwise, his approach is lacking, and disturbingly so.” —Rich Lowry

Political futures: “For decades, a corporatist Republican Party blithely toed a libertarian line on antitrust, instinctively opposing all but the most egregious restraints of trade. But antitrust is not necessarily best conceived as nefarious economic ‘regulation’ — it is targeted law enforcement, as the very fact that the Department of Justice has an Antitrust Division suggests. Given the rise of Big Tech and the related rise of woke capital, the GOP’s rethinking of antitrust is happening not a moment too soon. If even Mike Lee recognizes the status quo is not working, there is no excuse to not take action and immediately restore a citizenry’s sovereignty away from the grasp of predatory technologists.” —Josh Hammer

Dezinformatsiya: “Within days, China will reach a staggering 1 billion doses in its Covid-19 vaccination drive — a scale and speed unrivaled by any other country in the world.” —CNN (“This is straight CCP propaganda. Both bylines are reporters based out of Hong Kong and that’s how China gets away with it. If they run anything else, they get the boot or worse. So CNN complies, regardless of the problems with China’s vaccine.” —Stephen L. Miller)

The BIG Lie: “While Juneteenth will now be commemorated nationwide, there’s a catch. In some red states, it could soon be illegal to teach what the holiday is all about. That’s because Republicans in state legislatures in a dozen states are aiming to dictate how historical and modern racism in America are taught.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

And last… “Interesting that most organizations, movements & policies with ‘justice’ in their name seem to be promoting the opposite.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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