Jordan Candler / June 30, 2021

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Dennis Prager, Joe Biden, Al Gore, and more.

Insight: “Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn’t authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don’t understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them.” —Joseph Sobran (1946-2010)

Observations: “Staying safe has become a religion. ‘Safetyism,’ as it is sometimes called, like all religions, places what it values — in this case, being safe — above other values. Safetyism explains the willingness of Americans to give up their most cherished values — including liberty — in the name of safety for the last year and a half. … You can live a safe life. Or you can live a full life. You can’t live both.” —Dennis Prager

Upright: “What is difficult to understand … is how on one hand, you can protest America for injustice, while at the same time representing America on the world stage. Activists like [Gwen] Berry have no problem representing the nation when it’s convenient for their career path. It seems lost on them that the nation which gave them room to flourish is the very thing that they’re spurning. To represent the United States of America is an honor, not a platform. Abusing such an honor for a display of contempt shows unfitness for that honor, no matter how physically fit an athlete might be otherwise.” —Tony Perkins

The bottom line: “Fatherlessness is one of the most debilitating domestic issues confronting our country. Almost 20 million children in America live in fatherless households. Approximately 40% of all live births in our country are to single mothers, and 90% of welfare recipients are single mothers. To make matters worse, children of single mothers are five times more likely to grow up in poverty than those of married couples. … Government welfare checks have all but eliminated the dignity of work. Worse yet, it is a way of life passed from generation to generation. Rather than solve poverty, welfare perpetuates it. That’s because most welfare programs discourage marriage. … If ‘progressives’ really want to reduce gun violence, child abuse, drug abuse, sexual abuse and youth suicide, they can start by reducing fatherlessness.” —Oliver North & David Goetsch

For the record: “A recent Pew Research Survey on Twitter use concluded just 10% of users produced an astonishing 92% of all tweets, and nearly 69% of those highly prolific users are Democrats. That alone should put to rest the idea that anything that happens on Twitter represents the real world.” —Salena Zito

Re: The Left: “Everybody knows it was Democrats who started this crazy, radical, extremist move to defund police. All the big city mayors that defunded their police, whether it’s New York, Los Angeles, Chicago — they’re all Democrats. … Speaker Pelosi just recently called police ‘stormtroopers.’ [Y]ou had one of her top lieutenants in Congress [say] police are inherently racist and need to be abolished. Now they’re seeing the dumpster fire they created. … They never admit they were wrong. They’re just going to try to blame somebody else.” —House Minority Whip Steve Scalise

The BIG Lie: “Republicans want to do what no political party has ever tried to do: get to decide if your vote counts. It’s outrageous. We’re going to fight like hell to make sure that doesn’t happen.” —Joe Biden

Lack of self-awareness: “We hear about AI standing for artificial intelligence. [Republicans] are putting another kind of AI out — artificial insanity. They’re putting out messages that create an alternate reality.” —Al Gore

Grand delusions: “Crime is not out of control in our city. In fact, crime is on the decline.” —Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

And last… “I guess Nike’s attitude towards genocide in China is 'Just Do It.‘” —Senator Tom Cotton

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