Jordan Candler / February 2, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Gary Bauer, Ben Shapiro, Joy Reid, and more.


“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought — not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.” —Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935)

Re: The Left

“The latest example of the left’s obsession with abortion comes from Minnesota. Democrats in the state Senate there just jammed through a measure that is one of the most extreme in the nation. … Republicans in the Minnesota Senate offered 35 moderating amendments to this extreme bill, but they were all defeated by one vote, reflecting the 34 to 33 split in the chamber. One defeated amendment would have made it optional for a mother to ask for anesthesia for her late-term baby who could feel pain. It was voted down on a party-line vote. If you immersed a kitten in saline solution to burn its skin off, you’d rightly be sent to jail. But in Minnesota, who cares if the preborn baby is feeling intense pain! … In every state with large Democrat majorities, they are adopting the most extreme positions possible, positions mimicking communist China and North Korea.” —Gary Bauer


“If all policing is the result of structures of white supremacy, the only answer is to abolish policing. If each individual instance of police brutality, no matter the race of the officers, is an example of racism, then the only way to alleviate police brutality is by completely restructuring American society… The result won’t be a safer America, but a much less safe and more fractious one. … But solutions aren’t what advocates of police abolition or critical race theory are looking for. They’re looking for revolution. And all revolutions have casualties.” —Ben Shapiro


“George Washington said it, and I quote him all the time, that there is no freedom without religion. But today we are going in the opposite direction. We want to use courts and legislatures to produce systematic answers to our lives rather than turning to our parents and our pastors for eternal principles. The answer is not in the system; it is in ourselves.” —Star Parker

Dumb and Dumber

“[Ron DeSantis is] turning Florida into a right-wing paradise where the focus isn’t on healthcare or jobs or taxes or infrastructure … but rather on the right-wing culture wars. … It’s a right-wing fantasy land — like Disney World, but in hell. ‘Come to Florida, the meanest place on Earth.’” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

“Governor DeSantis has been very, very clear he has what just appears to be a white nationalist agenda. And what I hate most is he just always attacks the most vulnerable, whether it's AP African-American history, whether it’s the LGBTQ community, whether it’s immigrants — he always attacks the most vulnerable.” —former Education Secretary Arne Duncan

“He’s basically sacrificing the education of a whole generation of people for his ambition, which is basically to be president of the country.” —"The View" co-host Joy Behar

And Last…

“If I had a dollar for every time socialism worked, I would have $0. Coincidently, if it did work, I would also have $0.” —former Congresswoman Mayra Flores

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