Jordan Candler / October 4, 2021

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Thomas Sowell, Mike Pence, Ayanna Pressley, and more.

Insight: “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” —Pericles (495-429 BC)

“If Biden fires the Border Patrol Officers who were securing the border on horseback, Texas will offer them a job. They can bring their horses too.” —Texas Governor Greg Abbott

“This freight train of big-government socialism, the price tag of which is maybe $5.5 trillion — probably many times that at the end of the day — is just one more example of that kind of politics that really is grinding everything to a halt and represents a failure of leadership by the administration, by the president, and by the soon-to-be former speaker of the House.” —Mike Pence

“Senators Manchin and Sinema are not a pair of uninvited interlopers who are unexpectedly gumming up the gears; they, themselves, are among the gears. This being so, the duo cannot be said to be ‘blocking’ the Democrats’ de facto Senate majority so much as they are sustaining the Democrats’ de facto Senate majority. Why? Because their decision to caucus with the Democrats rather than the Republicans is the only reason that majority exists in the first place. To hear progressives talk, one would assume that in order to take one’s place within the firmament one must first swear a blood oath to Dick Durbin. Shockingly enough, one is obliged to do no such thing.” —Charles C. W. Cooke

“Only in America would an illegal alien be able to attend a taxpayer funded university, chase a US Senator into a bathroom to harass her, brag about it publicly, and be praised rather than instantly deported. Seriously, if an American went to any foreign country and tried something like this, they would be arrested and deported. And that would be fair. Also, the illegal immigration activists in this video are saying that they knocked on doors to get Sinema elected in the first place. How is that NOT foreign election interference, if they aren’t citizens? Did they vote?” —Ron DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw

“An illegal alien is stalking a US Senator to demand passage of Biden’s reconciliation bill b/c it includes mass amnesty for illegals. In a functioning democracy, ICE would swiftly deport this person, but under Biden’s new edict (as the lawbreaker knows) she’s immune from removal. We’re now the sole country in world where illegal aliens freely harass lawmakers, demand lavish benefits, & do so with total impunity from removal. As this appalling video shows, the ‘build back better’ plan is a Trojan Horse for amnesty & sovereign dissolution.” —Stephen Miller

Friendly fire: “Senator Sinema has been treated like a head of state. I’ve never requested or met with the president in the Oval Office. I meet with his staff. She meets with him like every other day.” —Congressman Ro Khanna

Non sequitur: “2 senators cannot be allowed to defeat what 48 senators and 210 House members want. We must stand with the working families of our country. We must combat climate change. We must delay passing the Infrastructure Bill until we pass a strong Reconciliation Bill.” —Senator Bernie Sanders (“Um the Senate has 100 members and the House has 435 members. So Bernie is saying that 48% of the Senate and House should now make policy. Which is pretty good news for Republicans, who have 50 seats in the Senate and 212 seats in the House, I guess!” —Ben Shapiro)

Braying jenny: “We’re in the middle of a pandemic, which, by the way, we would’ve made progress on had the former president actually addressed the pandemic and not suggested people inject bleach.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

What could possibly go wrong? “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

Nanny state: “I believe parents are important stakeholders, but I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming.” —Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

You’ve been warned: “As governor, I vetoed every single piece of legislation that would have restricted abortion access here in Virginia. I will always defend your right to choose.” —gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

Irony alert: “In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic that robbed us of more than 690,000 lives and disproportionately impacted our most vulnerable and black and brown communities, anti-abortion legislators in 47 states focused on legislating hurt and harm to push this critical health care out of reach.” —Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Theater of the absurd: “These misguided [abortion] bans will not actually prevent all abortions. They simply put safe and necessary abortion care out of reach for our most vulnerable, specifically our lowest income sisters, our queer, trans and non-binary siblings, black, LatinX, AAPI immigrants, disabled, and indigenous folks. And none of this is happenstance. It is precise. Like the roots of the antiabortion movement, these bans are rooted in patriarchy and white supremacy.” —Ayanna Pressley

Non compos mentis I: “I know firsthand that abortion saves lives. For the thousands of people I’ve cared for, abortion is a blessing, abortion is an act of love, abortion is freedom.” —Texas OB-GYN Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi

Non compos mentis II: “Our country is actually founded on reproductive control and coercion of enslaved Africans and of indigenous people. So this is actually a historical tactic in our country and a method of upholding white supremacy, so that has not changed and continues today.” —Ghazaleh Moayedi

Non compos mentis III: “I do not regret any of my abortions. I do regret my experience at the crisis pregnancy center. The most traumatic part of my experience was one of those centers and how I was treated there, and I hope that they all shut down because they exist to manipulate and prey on vulnerable pregnant people. And I just wanted to acknowledge a lot of people are being left out of this conversation today because, as we know, people get pregnant and not just women.” —abortion activist Maleeha Aziz

Non compos mentis IV: “Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected.” —the once-esteemed Lancet medical journal

And last… “What does ‘economic justice’ mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?” —Thomas Sowell

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