Jordan Candler / October 13, 2021

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Thomas Sowell, Joe Biden, Terry McAuliffe, and more.

Insight: “The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.” —Plato (429-347 BC)

“Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a worldview. When you realize that, you’ll realize why it should be vigorously opposed. CRT isn’t about teaching history (as many of its proponents would have you believe), it’s about subjectively re-prosecuting history through a Marxist teleology.” —Darrell B. Harrison

“The problem with trying to equalize is that you can usually only equalize downward.” —Thomas Sowell

Revisionist history: “Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas. But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story. Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease. We must not shy away from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything we can to address the impact of the past on native communities today.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

Baghdad Bob: “I’ve never been more optimistic about this country than I am right now. We are going to pass both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda — and start building this economy to beat the competition and deliver for working families.” —President Joe Biden

Numerical gymnastics: “The Build Back Better [legislation] is three baskets: It’s climate … health, jobs, security, and moral responsibility.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Leftmedia, Exhibit A: “I think you all [the media] could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you.” —Nancy Pelosi

Picking up where Obama left off: “The president wants to make fundamental change in our economy and he feels coming out of the pandemic is exactly the time to do that.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“You will be ordered to forget the stronger America you knew before Joe Biden got into the White House. You will be made to accept your decline.” —John Hayward)

Damage control: “[Biden] believes that what happened to [Senator Kyrsten Sinema] crossed the line and [it] was absolutely unacceptable and flat-out wrong to violate someone’s personal space in a bathroom. It doesn’t need to happen that way. We can peacefully protest without it crossing that line. So that continues to be his point of view.” —Jen Psaki (“Apparently Biden meant to say, ‘absolutely unacceptable and flat out wrong’ and it just happened to accidentally come out, ‘it happens to everybody… . It’s part of the process.’” —Jim Geraghty)

Non compos mentis: “Once a staunch progressive, Arizona’s senior senator [Kyrsten Sinema] has taken a hard turn to the right.” —FiveThirtyEight elections analyst Nathaniel Rakich

Race bait: “Allen West, he is the zeitgeist of the Republican Party right now. They want that same kind of — they want that sort of all-natural flavor racism, but they want it in blackface with a 1990s flattop haircut. That’s what they want, and they can get that out of Allen West.” —MSNBC commentator Jason Johnson

The BIG Lie I: “[Glenn Youngkin] talks about Critical Race Theory. He talks about having these parents meetings on Critical Race Theory. It really bothers me because it is a racist dog whistle.” —Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

The BIG Lie II: “This is a made-up. This is a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people. It really bothers me. I try to unite people. … Let’s just be clear. We don’t teach Critical Race Theory.” —Terry McAuliffe

Orwellian: “It may be that we actually have indoor mask wearing for years.” —New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant

And last… “The most obvious case of media bias towards the left is the one you never see — the stories they choose not to cover or only give passing mention too. We all know how traditional outlets would cover Pence if he used child actors to appear relatable. Watch how they cover Harris.” —Erick Erickson

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