Jordan Candler / December 16, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Armstrong Williams, Jim Clyburn, and more.


“Above all, every member of the university has an obligation to permit free expression in the university. No member has a right to prevent such expression. Every official of the university, moreover, has a special obligation to foster free expression and to ensure that it is not obstructed.” —historian C. Van Woodward (1908-1999)

Re: The Left

“In case you aren’t keeping score, the first ever ‘gender fluid’ government employee was arrested for being a serial thief of women’s luggage from airports and the first ‘openly transgender’ Army officer was recently arrested for selling military secrets to the Russians.” —Michael Seifert

“The fact is that the left has no conception of political neutrality. Anywhere one might go looking for political neutrality, one will find political bias, and the bias is usually from the left. The erstwhile liberals — now progressives or, more properly, now leftists — are all bigots. I would trust a centrist such as Elon Musk any day before I would trust a leftist. Last week’s dump of Twitter documents accumulated before Musk took the company over proves it.” —R. Emmett Tyrrell

“The same leftists who dismiss the Twitter expose on the grounds that ‘it’s a private company’ see no problem using government to compel a private company to provide health insurance, minimum wage, racial diversity and sensitivity training, paid medical and family leave or to require at least one female on its Board of Directors.” —Larry Elder

“A month ago, all those Teslas on the streets of Palo Alto, Austin, and Cambridge were virtue-signaling proof of green moral superiority. Then suddenly, these still wonderful cars are seen as fuel for the prince of darkness. … How sad that the Left despises a man who built real things against the odds and took risks to champion free speech. And how predictable it worshiped a leftist fraud who bilked a million investors and ruined the lives of thousands. The hatred of the accomplished Musk and the worship of the hollow man Bankman-Fried are sad commentaries on how liberalism has descended into progressivism and ultimately into Stalinism.” —Victor Davis Hanson

For the Record

“By any metric, Biden’s trade of Bout for Griner was lopsided, like trading Nazi Hermann Goering for a bootlegger. Is it any surprise that Russia has exhibited jubilation over the swap? Biden accepted the unequal trade to bolster his political standing with LGBTQ, black and women voters. At a minimum, it created an appearance that Biden had blinked in the face of Russian President Vladmir Putin’s intransigence over the release of Whelan. But as Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ teaches, appearances are reality. The world now sees Biden as a paper tiger. He has a credibility gap bigger than predecessor President Lyndon B. Johnson’s during the Vietnam War.” —Armstrong Williams

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

“How does one use ‘woman’ in a sentence? One of Cambridge’s examples is, ‘Mary is a woman who was assigned male at birth.’ Who assigned Mary’s sex? Her parents? God? Evolution? The SRY gene? And what other human characteristics does Cambridge believe can be altered according to one’s feelings?” —David Harsanyi

Non Compos Mentis

“[Biden] has not asked me, but if he were to ask me, I’d say, ‘Run, Joe, run.’” —Congressman Jim Clyburn

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