Jordan Candler / August 18, 2022

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Nikki Haley, Jim Jordan, Rich Lowry, and more.

Insight

“America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to ‘the common good,’ but by the productive genius of free men.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Observations

“The desire to find common ground is perfectly normal when the disputes are perfectly normal. But we’re not talking about marginal tax rates or trade policy. How are we supposed to find common ground with those attacking the freedom of speech? Do we give up free speech on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Should we compromise the right to be free from unreasonable searches and allow the government to enter our homes whenever it demands? … The search for common ground is not an appropriate response to a brazen attack on our God-given liberties. Compromising in such circumstances will only make it more likely that we lose those liberties.” —Gary Bauer

Inquisitive Minds Want to Know

“I wonder if things might have turned out differently for Liz Cheney if she’d used her seat on the 1/6 committee to insist on cross-examination of witnesses and a chance for the defense to present its side. Instead she led the charge for an utterly one-sided presentation.” —Brit Hume

“President Trump left office on January 20, 2021. The FBI raided his house on August 8, 2022. If it was such a ‘national security threat,’ why wait 565 days to recover the documents?” —Congressman Jim Jordan

For the Record

“Abortion is healthcare the way that rape is love-making.” —Seth Dillon

“It should be illegal to name a bill something that it doesn’t do.” —Congressman Jim Banks on the so-called Inflation Reduction Act

“Biden has one job: To protect America — and he’s failing. Already this [fiscal year], 66 terrorists were caught at the southern border. If Biden won’t take his job seriously, it’s up to GOP governors and Congress to keep Americans safe.” —former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

“If we can’t know where [Merrick] Garland is ultimately heading in his probe of Jan. 6 and the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, all indications are that he is preparing the ground for an indictment of Donald J. Trump. The former president is inflammatory and mendacious as a matter of course, but in this case, it is the mild-mannered former judge who came within a hair’s breadth of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court who is rehearsing for the role of arsonist. An indictment of Trump would be one of the most consequential acts by the Justice Department in decades, and Garland has a flagrant conflict of interest and is likely to have to use an adventurous legal theory to try to nail Trump — at the same time, the legitimacy of his institution is increasingly in doubt. This is not a promising formula.” —Rich Lowry

And Last…

“Isn’t it crazy how Eric Swalwell was actually dating a Chinese spy and he was never investigated for the Espionage Act…” —Tim Young

“Sooo… the people who cried that instead of buying Twitter, Elon Musk could ‘solve world hunger’ with $44 billion… are completely silent now that Democrats voted to spend $80 billion to expand the IRS… got it.” —Tim Young

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