Jordan Candler / June 6, 2022

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Byron York, Jesse Kelly, Elie Mystal, and more.

Insight

“You say that freedom of utterance is not for time of stress, and I reply with the sad truth that only in time of stress is freedom of utterance in danger… Only when free utterance is suppressed is it needed, and when it is needed it is most vital to justice.” —William Allen White (1868-1944)

Re: The Left

“Before the president’s speech Thursday night, the mood in the Senate had been managed expectations. … [Senator Chris] Murphy and a small group of Senate negotiators … are said to have agreed on a ‘framework’ for a gun bill. The measures they are said to be discussing include expanding background checks, some sort of ‘red flag’ measure, enhanced school security, and more money for mental health services. … They are probably the best that can be passed in today’s political environment. Most importantly, they are under serious consideration by a bipartisan group of senators. Until Biden barged in. In his speech Thursday night, the president made a full-throated cry for an assault weapons ban. … The president served 36 years in the Senate. He often talks about how well he knows the institution. Why did he decide to crash the negotiations that seemed to be going well? Because, at least according to some reports, the White House is ‘bearish’ on any gun control deal actually passing Congress. If the White House believes no bill can succeed, then it might as well use the problem to score points with the Democratic base. And so Biden, who was not expected to include an assault weapons ban proposal in his speech, instead made it the highlight. The question now is whether he has messed things up again.” —Byron York

“People don’t understand why such a tiny portion of society has such an outsized voice today. It’s not complicated. They’re more committed to their religion than you are to yours. They’re interested in victory and domination. You’d like to win, but only if you can look polite. All the branches of cultural Marxism have followed the same path. From feminism to ‘civil rights’ to climate change insanity to the LGBTQ stuff. All of them. Starts small. The eunuch Right ‘turns the other cheek’, [and] soon it’s a raging wildfire consuming everything. Worst part of the LGBTQ insanity is its diabolical focus on children. You’re seeing this more and more. Drag shows. Trans teachers. The works. The American communist knows this is his chance to break kids from their parents. You think it’s bad now? If this filth is not purged, and it won’t be, pedophilia will be mainstream within 10-15 years. They’re already sprinkling an article out here and there. It’s coming. … There is no polite, nice way to reverse this now. We will have to get aggressive and do things that make you uncomfortable. It will require state legislation. Firings. Prosecutions. It will require you making financial decisions that are more purposeful.” —Jesse Kelly

“PRO TIP: Corporations don’t handle ‘Pride Month’ differently in other countries because they’re hypocrites. Other countries simply demand companies not attack their culture as a rule of doing business there. Suicidal America does not.” —Jesse Kelly

Demagogue

“Elections have consequences, and if we can just pick up a couple more Democratic senators to wipe back the filibuster, then we can again enshrine into the law a woman’s right to choose, enshrine marriage equality into the law, so that we don’t have fear.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis Award

“[Patrick Henry and George Mason] said that they needed a Second Amendment because they needed the armed disciplined — that was their word — militia to put down slave revolts. And they were worried that under the original Constitution the federal government had all of the power to raise the militia, right? The Southerners needed the militias to put down slave revolts because … it’s a little bit difficult to hold people in bondage against their will. So you needed some military superiority, and the Second Amendment was there to make sure that the states had the power to raise the militia on their own so Virginia could raise its own militia to put down slave revolts in Virginia without having to ask Connecticut or Massachusetts whether or not they agreed with that. That’s why it’s there. That’s why the white folks said it was there. Fast-forward to 2008 and Antonin Scalia just makes up an entirely different Second Amendment right out of thin air.” —The Nation legal correspondent Elie Mystal (“While Mystal is right that the word militia appears in the text of the Second Amendment, he’s dead wrong about it only applying to state governments or his absurd claim that the Second Amendment was created to protect slavery or white supremacy. He needs to go back to law school or take a history class.” —Kevin Tober)

And Last…

“We should normalize impeaching Presidents who say in a scripted address to the nation that our rights are not absolute.” —Kate Hyde

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