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Jordan Candler / January 12, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joe Biden, Bill Maher, The Washington Post, and more.

Insight

“Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC-AD 65)

Demagogues

“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” —Joe Biden (“Personally, I want to be on the side of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.” —Mark Alexander)

“I did not live the struggle of Douglass, Tubman, King, Lewis, Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, and countless others — known and unknown. I did not walk in the shoes of generations of students who walked these grounds. But I walked other grounds. Because I’m so damn old, I was there as well. You think I’m kidding, man. It seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested.” —Joe Biden (“Maybe Biden is confusing this with the time he was never arrested in South Africa or the time he never marched with the Black Panthers or the time he never participated in a sit in.” —David Harsanyi)

“Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion.” —Joe Biden (“I would love to interview a single person who has lost their voting rights. One.” —David Harsanyi)

“Nowhere does the Constitution give a minority the right to unilaterally block legislation.” —Kamala Harris (“Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the majority the right to overturn state election laws.” —David Harsanyi)

Friendly Fire

“I attract mostly a liberal crowd, but liberal is different than woke. To me, woke, if we want to use that broad term, is something that is not an extension of liberalism. It’s very often the opposite of what an old school liberal like me believes. … There is that faction of the left that we will call woke who’s gone [off] the deep end.” —Bill Maher

“This country is falling apart at the seams. Half the people are not going to self-deport. You see these tweets and memes about owning and destroying the other side. Get over it. You’re not owning or destroying anybody. No one’s going anywhere. We have to learn to live together again.” —Bill Maher

“San Francisco, that’s going to be a little problematic for me. They’re a little too politically correct. There’s going to be a lot of groaning at some of the things I say, and that’s not what a comedy show is supposed to be. Political correctness has always been the enemy of comedy.” —Bill Maher

“This idea that we have to constantly be arguing politics with everybody — that’s what has to stop. Because when you take the politics out of the discussion — and this is coming from a person who made his living talking politics — you find that people are just people, and you can’t hate them. I constantly say it, you can hate Trump. You can’t hate all the people who like him — it’s half the country. And you can’t set yourself up as some sort of superior moral paragon, because this is your political belief, and somebody else has another one. There are obviously areas where, yes, if somebody’s advocating cannibalism, I think you can claim the moral high ground if you’re anti. I feel like that’s the Achilles heel of the left right now. They identify issues mostly by what they can feel superior to another person for.” —Bill Maher

“Don’t just stand there in your white coat saying ‘We have all the answers.’ You don’t. And just to throw in with Dr. Fauci doesn’t mean you’re a morally superior person. That attitude is what annoys people, I think, mostly about the left.” —Bill Maher

“[Twitter] shut down debate on the lab leak theory and had to walk that back, so did Facebook. Now there’s no political dimension to how the virus started. It should not be a political issue at all. It is outrageous that they said you can’t even talk about the idea that this virus may have started in a lab. Why? It may have. It was always a possibility. Everyone now agrees that could be the origin of the virus. So just put that up as your lodestar. This is the company that said you can’t even talk about that. That’s dangerous. I don’t want that company making the rules about what we can and can’t hear.” —Bill Maher

“President Biden is facing mounting criticism for inflation’s rise to its highest level since 1982. Unfortunately, the White House’s latest response is to blame greedy businesses. Economists across the political spectrum are rightly calling out the White House for this foolishness. Even some within the White House are questioning this approach… Inflation, which was relatively low for years, did not suddenly rise in recent months because businesses decided now was the ideal time to squeeze their customers.” —Washington Post editorial board

And Last…

“If you stand your ground, if you lead, if you don’t back down and just stand for the right things, there’s a groundswell of folks who will have your back.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

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