Jordan Candler / May 20, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Thomas Sowell, Adam Schiff, George W. Bush, Ted Cruz, and more.


“Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered… History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” —George Orwell (1903-1950)

Re: The Left

“One of the bittersweet things about growing old is realizing how mistaken you were when you were young. As a young political leftist, I saw the left as the voice of the common man. Nothing could be further from the truth.” —Thomas Sowell

“In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold.” —Elon Musk

“Every warning about ‘Democracy in danger’ is the Democratic Party putting into place the mechanisms necessary to label their political opponents as national security threats which gives them permission to use the force of government against you.” —Jesse Kelly

For the Record

“Spending $40 billion on Ukraine aid — more than three times what all of Europe has spent combined — is not in America’s interests. It neglects priorities at home (the border), allows Europe to freeload, short changes critical interests abroad and comes [with] no meaningful oversight.” —Senator Josh Hawley

“If anybody’s gonna be sued for gouging, it should be the gouger-in-chief, Joe Biden, who has created this problem.” —House Minority Whip Steve Scalise

The BIG Lie

“You can thank the activity of Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine. … It is not administration policies that have affected supply and demand [for oil and gas].” —Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (“Here’s what your president did when he first came to office. He immediately reentered the Paris Climate Accord. He canceled the Keystone Pipeline. He halted leasing programs in ANWR. He issued a 60-day halt on all new oil and gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands and waters — that’s nationwide. That accounts, by the way, for 25% of U.S. oil production. He directed federal agencies to eliminate all supports for fossil fuels. He imposed new regulations on oil and gas and methane emissions. Those were all just in the first few days!” —Senator Josh Hawley)

Non Sequitur

“$6 a gallon for Californians is unacceptable and unnecessary — the result of corporations putting profits over people. The best solution? Holding Big Oil to account and going all-in on green energy.” —Congressman Adam Schiff (“How can you go ‘all-in on green energy’ without sending gas prices through the roof?” —Mike Bastasch)


“It appears more and more MAGA Republicans are using the same soft-on-Putin playbook used by former President Trump. … The MAGA influence on the Republican party is becoming all too large and all too dominant.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer

Faux Pas

“Russian elections are rigged. Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process. The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean, of the Ukraine. Iraq too. Anyway…” —George W. Bush (“Bush’s words … conveyed the sense of a man who made a career-defining mistake that still troubles him, two decades later. It troubles the country, too. In Iraq, 4,431 American soldiers died in the war, and more than 30,000 were wounded. Many veterans and many families are still living with the consequences of Bush’s decision. Some of the war’s most outspoken proponents walked away from the catastrophe to continue their careers, to move on to opposing Trump and, now, promoting greater U.S. support for Ukraine. But Bush has nowhere to go. He made the decision to invade Iraq, and it clearly bothers him still.” —Byron York)

Village Idiot

“#tuckercarlson should be arrested and tried for sedition and fomenting insurrection. #Murdoch should have his citizenship revoked; the damage he continues to do to our democracy will soon become irreparable. #NewtGingrich should be clapped in irons for getting him past the #FCC.” —actress Bette Midler

And Last…

“‘Election deniers’ … is yet another interesting bit of nomenclature that Democrats have adopted. … Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams both maintain the election was stolen from them. Stacey Abrams apparently thinks she is still the governor of Georgia and that no election occurred. And so the hypocrisy … is truly stunning.” —Senator Ted Cruz

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