Jordan Candler / June 22, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Matt Walsh, Joe Biden, Janet Yellen, Anthony Fauci, and more.

Insight

“This truth may be unfashionable, unpalatable, no doubt unpopular, but, if it is the truth, the story of mankind shows that war was universal and unceasing for millions of years before armaments were invented or armies organized. Indeed, the lucid intervals of peace and order only occurred in human history after armaments in the hands of strong governments have come into being, and civilization in every age has been nursed only in cradles guarded by superior weapons and superior discipline.” —Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

For the Record

“In theory there’s nothing wrong with a holiday to commemorate emancipation, but ‘Juneteenth’ exists not to celebrate freedom but to divide and promote white guilt. Advocates of the holiday have been clear about their intentions, including Biden when he made it a federal holiday.” —Matt Walsh

“The economic woes now upon us have been caused almost single-handedly by one person — the 46th president of the United States of America, Joe Biden. You know, never in my lifetime has there been a greater disconnect between the president and the American people.” —former Vice President Mike Pence

The BIG Lies

“With the biggest single driver of inflation being Putin’s war against Ukraine, [Biden] has taken action to blunt the impact of Putin’s Price Hike for families.” —The White House (“Biden dropped the Trump sanctions on the Russian pipeline and helped start the war in Ukraine.” —Richard Grenell)

“Part of supporting Ukraine is recognizing that that’s going to lead to some elevated gas prices. … The president is doing more than any president I’ve ever worked for.” —Biden economic advisor Jared Bernstein

“We have a chance here to make a fundamental turn toward renewable energy [and] electric vehicles.” —Joe Biden

“Trump’s tax cut … is inflationary. You know, going out and buying a yacht doesn’t help the economy a whole lot.” —Joe Biden

Grand Delusions

“I don’t think that policies are responsible for what’s happening in the oil market.” —Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

“I expect the economy to slow. It’s been growing at a very rapid rate.” —Janet Yellen

“We don’t see a recession right now. We’re not in a recession right now. Right now we’re in a transition where we are going to go into a place of stable and steady growth.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Freudian Slip

“The president has been very clear in making sure that he does everything that he can to elevate — to alleviate the pain that American families are feeling when it comes to gas prices.” —Karine Jean-Pierre (“Elevating the pain. Correct.” —Katie Pavlich)

Non Compos Mentis Awards

“[Juneteenth] is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom. And think about it in terms of the context of history, knowing that black people in America were not free for 400 years of slavery.” —Vice President Kamala Harris (“The first African slaves in the American colonies arrived in 1619 in Virginia. Slavery was abolished through the 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865 — ending 246 years of the practice, not 400.” —NY Post)

“This Court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build.” —Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Carson v. Makin (“Shockingly pro-discrimination argument from the Court’s minority. Barring parents from using state vouchers to send their kids to religious schools — where local public schools don’t exist — was discriminatory. Rectifying that is not even close to establishing a state religion.” —Guy Benson)

Swampthink/Potomac Fever

“When you’re in an indoor setting, you should wear a mask even though the whole world … [is] just worn out and tired by this [COVID] outbreak. It isn’t over yet.” —Anthony Fauci

Newspeak

“Extreme heat is increasingly taking a toll on children, pregnant people and other vulnerable populations, forcing authorities to roll out new strategies against an environmental threat that dwarfs other natural disasters.” —Axios (“Axios is run by white progressives who say ‘pregnant people.’ It is amazing how quickly the left conforms to the group think of language police.” —Erick Erickson)

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