Jordan Candler / September 7, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Chad Wolf, Condoleezza Rice, Amy Klobuchar, and more.

Insight: “The strength or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization. Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life. If a nation’s spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure or by any industrial development. A tree with a rotten core cannot stand.” —Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

“Do you think the Biden/Harris/Schumer/Pelosi strategy is to fiscally and morally bankrupt America so they can build it back as a socialist democracy? Rhetorical question.” —Mark Alexander

“It’s [unfortunate] that we go from one national embarrassment in Afghanistan to another national embarrassment on the southwest border that was again created in large part by the policies of this administration. … The Biden administration is not implementing immigration and border security law. Instead, they’re advertising that it’s okay to come to the border. They continue to let hundreds of thousands of folks across that border illegally.” —former DHS Acting Director Chad Wolf

“If one believed that it was time to withdraw, this could have been done in a more orderly fashion. For instance, we know that the Taliban don’t fight in the winter; there is a fighting season in Afghanistan. It would have been perfectly logical to wait until they had gone back into the mountains of Pakistan. I think it would have been wise to hang on to Bagram [Airbase] — maybe even some of our other seven airfields that we had there — so that transport of people out could have been slower, more orderly, could have taken place from more secure locations. I’ve been to Hamid Karzai International Airport. It’s not a place that you would want to try and secure.” —former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

“Credibility is not divisible. You can’t lose credibility in one place and maintain it in other places, because people look at the totality of what you’ve become. Our allies, who apparently weren’t really consulted properly, but most importantly had signed on to this 20-year war, are now wondering about us. And it’s going to take some work to rebuild those relationships — and you can’t just do it with words.” —Condoleezza Rice

Non compos mentis: “What you saw unfold with this noncombatant evacuation operation was one of the contingency plans. … The security of [the airport] was challenging to say the least, and we saw the bombing. But that would have happened no matter where it was.” —Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

Race bait: “Larry Elder is a black face on white supremacy.” —California State University, Los Angeles professor Melina Abdullah

Non-solution solution: “My solution to [state pro-life laws] — which is my solution for voting rights and so many other things, including climate change, where one side of the country is in flames and the other side of the country is flooded with people dying submerged in their cars — I believe we should abolish the filibuster.” —Senator Amy Klobuchar

Village idiot I: “It is not over. We will not rest. We will not stop until women have full equal rights in every state in America. We will boycott you. We will out organize you. We will strike you. We will win your seats of power from you.” —actress Patricia Arquette

Village idiot II: “Let’s stop calling it an anti-abortion law and call it what it really is — #ForcedPregnancy.” —actress Alyssa Milano

Village idiot III: “I stand with the women of Texas who have the Constitutional right to make decisions about their health and their own bodies." —actress Reese Witherspoon

Village idiot IV: "It’s crazy to witness my home state of Texas pass our nation’s most restrictive abortion laws & in doing so, take many strides in the wrong direction. This is a blatant violation to all women, especially women of color.” —actress Eva Longoria Baston

Village idiot V: “I stand in solidarity with people in TX who, as of today, face an extreme 6-week abortion ban. This ban, #SB8, will be the blueprint for bans across the US. Unless we do something about it.” —singer Pink

And last… “The Left: Men can get pregnant. The Left on Abortion: Men don’t have a uterus, so they have no say in what a woman does with her body. See how this works?” —Darrell B. Harrison

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