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Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Jen Psaki, the LA Times, and more.

Insight: “A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.” —Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

Re: The Left: “In the end, the left is attempting to make it easier for people to cheat, increasing the likelihood that more and more fraudulent votes will cancel out legitimate ones. … The fact is, the left’s real agenda isn’t about helping minority voters; it’s about helping themselves: They believe voter fraud favors their candidates, plain and simple. … It would be a great irony and a great tragedy if the promise of the civil rights movement and the sacrifice of all those who fought and even died to protect our right to vote were undone because the left successfully cloaked its efforts in the name of civil rights.” —Kay C. James

Political futures I: “The real reason [leftists] can’t stand Trump is because he believes in, appeals to and inspires the average Joe, the everyman and everywoman, including millions of minorities, immigrants, working class folks and aspiring entrepreneurs. Those are the people that the elites have been groomed to believe they are superior to. Those are the people who are supposed to take the largesse and government handouts the educated dispense, and be grateful. Those are the people who are supposed to shut up and do as they are told.” —Laura Hollis

Political futures II: “The two parties are switching class constituents. Some 65% of the Americans making more than $500,000 a year are Democrats, and 74% of those who earn less than $100,000 a year are Republicans, according to IRS statistics. Gone are the days of working people automatically voting Democratic, or Republicans being caricatured as a party of stockbrokers on golf courses. … The Democratic Party does not wish to admit it has become the party of wealth. All too often its stale revolutionary speechifying sounds more like penance arising from guilt than genuine advocacy for middle-class citizens of all races.” —Victor Davis Hanson

The BIG Lie: “The president’s view is that these Texas legislators [feeling voter integrity] were making a statement through action in opposition to efforts in their state to [im]pose restrictions on people’s fundamental rights and their rights to vote in their state. That is why they departed. … The president … certainly applauds their actions.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Dezinformatsiya: “The fracas over a transgender woman using the clothing-optional women’s area of a Koreatown spa is more complicated than it might seem. There is no doubt that Wi Spa did the right thing in defending the right of a transgender customer to be nude in the women’s area, even though the sight of male-appearing genitalia discomfited at least one female customer, who complained at the front desk.” —LA Times editorial board (“This euphemism for ‘penis and testicles’ from the LA Times is truly astonishing.” —Ben Shapiro)

Non sequitur: “Heat waves and the pandemic causing alarming rise in drownings across US.” —The Hill

Village idiot I: “Abroad they often say, ‘Proud to be Chinese.’ I’m very lucky to be a Chinese person, but I also am very jealous that you all are Party members. I just think the Chinese Communist Party is really so magnificent. What the Party says, what it promises, it doesn’t need 100 years to accomplish — it will definitely accomplish it in just a few decades. I want to be a Party member!” —actor Jackie Chan

Village idiot II: “No one is teaching [CRT] to your young kids so calm the f—k down.” —actor John Leguizamo, who also says, “Critical race theory is my whole reason for being”

And last… “If you are looking for systemic racism, don’t look in the American story; it can be found in an educational system that has yet to teach true history in its entirety. Our nation has always sought to form a more perfect union, and though not flawless, it has done better than any other in the history of mankind. Within our DNA is a desire to unify and encourage the acceptance of others.” —Congressman Burgess Owens

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