Jordan Candler / October 11, 2022

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Matthew Continetti, Larry Summers, Stacey Abrams, and more.

Insight

“This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.” —G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“The best way for radical activists to ensure their bad ideas take root is to plant them in the most fertile soil possible — the mind of a young child. So the war on truth and virtue is being waged not on a battlefield, but in classrooms and on little iPad screens and in public libraries where drag queens — raunchy male caricatures of women — occasionally take breaks from reading aloud to teach children how to twerk.” —Seth Dillon

Re: The Left

“OPEC and its plus one Russia (OPEC+) announced they would curb production by 2 million barrels per day. … It’s understandable to see this announcement as a betrayal by OPEC, but the real betrayal is the Biden administration’s actions in weakening America’s energy independence and dominance. America should never be put in a position where our energy policy is dictated by foreign nations. … American energy producers used to be the world’s largest swing producers — a mighty force able to counteract the price-fixing measures of foreign cartels like OPEC+. Today, however, the Biden administration prefers to fight fire with surrender.” —former Energy Secretary Rick Perry

“Biden really ought to look in the mirror. The OPEC+ embarrassment was the latest reminder that he, not Putin nor Saudi Arabia, is the chief author of the Democratic Party’s current woes. On issue after issue, the instructions that Biden gave at the outset of his presidency have made America less prosperous, less independent, and less secure. … Biden’s regulations and restrictions accomplished what he wanted: more expensive oil and gas. His problem is that voters do not want the future the climate Cassandras have in store for them. Voters blame him for the inflation they encounter as commuters and consumers. He can’t go back in time to his early days at 1600 Pennsylvania any more than he can betray the progressive base of his party. He’s left to stew in a crisis of his own making.” —Matthew Continetti

Friendly Fire

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, are hostile to people of faith & spirituality, demonize the police & protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, believe in open borders, weaponize the national security state to go after political opponents, and above all, dragging us ever closer to nuclear war. I believe in a government that is of, by, and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite. I’m calling on my fellow common sense independent-minded Democrats to join me in leaving the Democratic Party. If you can no longer stomach the direction that so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking our country, I invite you to join me.” —former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

“We made a mistake by canceling the Keystone pipeline. We made a mistake by slowing down all kinds of permitting activity. We made a mistake by being hostile as a country to natural gas.” —former Obama economic advisor Larry Summers

“The economic headwinds are so tough, and Biden just doesn’t have the oomph as a candidate anymore. People don’t really want him around. And he can’t really make his case — I don’t think the Democrats are in any better place.” —ABC News’s Terry Moran

Spin Doctor

“We are on track to reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion this year — and that’s on top of a $350 billion deficit reduction last year. Don’t let anyone tell you we can’t afford to invest in America’s families.” —President Joe Biden (“Dad I only added $1.1 trillion to our credit card this year unlike last year’s $2.7 trillion, now we only have $34 trillion to pay off — aren’t you proud of me?!” —Tom Elliott)

The BIG Lie

“It is a fallacy we know exactly when a pregnancy starts.” —Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey “There Is No Such Thing as a Heartbeat at Six Weeks” Abrams

“Squad” Members, Call Your Offices

“There is absolutely no room in this country or world for antisemitism. It is important to see how harmful + dangerous Kanye’s words are — not only to our Jewish brothers, sisters, & siblings, but also to our collective society at large.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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