Jordan Candler / May 2, 2022

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Thomas Sowell, Ben Shapiro, Miranda Devine, Dan Crenshaw, and more.

Insight

“From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.” —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)

For the Record

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.” —Thomas Sowell

“The difference between the far left and the far right is the far left controls the Democratic Party & their policies, while the far right is a fringe minority with no influence relegated to weirdo forums on obscure web boards.” —Liz Wheeler

Re: The Left

“Anyone who says the Left has not radicalized over the course of the last twenty years is insane. In 2008, Barack Obama defended traditional marriage. The 2008 DNC platform said, ‘taking police off of the street is neither tough nor smart; we reject this disastrous approach.’ Twelve years ago, not a major Democrat in America would have contended that a boy can be a girl. Now the White House announces that states must be forced to allow puberty blockers and body mutilation for minors. Meanwhile, you literally cannot name a political position on which the right has moved right. It does not exist. The right has actually moved Left overall on issues ranging from gay marriage to deficit spending. By ‘moving right,’ the media means reacting to Left-wing aggression.” —Ben Shapiro

“Over the last 16 tortuous months of the Biden presidency, it’s become clear that the Democrats are running on empty. They are not even trying to reset their electorally poisonous policies. Politically this means they are heading for annihilation at the midterms. Yet they appear curiously relaxed, as if winning elections is no longer a priority. One thing you know is that the Dems are not hiding under the duvet sucking their thumbs. Like the Fantastic Mr. Fox, they have a cunning plan. They might not be any good at governing, but when it comes to seizing power by foul means or fair, they are world-class.” —Miranda Devine

“We’re supposed to trust the Department of Homeland Security to run a ‘Ministry of Truth’ when its current Secretary spent [last] week lying repeatedly to Congress that our border is secure?” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

“This is the kind of thing that you see in dictatorships, this Ministry of Truth, this Department of Propaganda that the Biden administration has just stood up. And the reason why you see this in dictatorships is because they’re afraid of us. They’re afraid of the people. They’re afraid that we might actually think for ourselves.” —former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Non Compos Mentis

“It sounds like the objective of the [Disinformation Governance Board] is to prevent disinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a range of communities. I’m not sure who opposes that effort.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Grand Delusions

“I don’t think the public is blaming Democrats. I think they’re blaming the oil companies. They will blame all of us if we don’t do something about the fossil fuel industry. … If the Republicans stand in the way of us freeing the consumer of the stranglehold of Big Oil, you think they’re going to blame that on the Democrats?” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Lack of Self-Awareness Award

“We regulate many things in this country in the interest of public health and safety. Drugs, cars, professional licenses, etc. We need gun control reform. Now.” —actor Alec Baldwin (“I think all rational people can agree the pro-gun control movement doesn’t want Alec Baldwin as its spokesman. In fact, I can’t think of a worse person to do the job. When you’ve allegedly shot and killed a woman, you should probably never lecture law-abiding citizens about needing ‘gun control reform.’” —David Hookstead)

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