March 29, 2023

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Emmy Griffin, Rich Lowry, Kevin McCarthy, and more.

Non Compos Mentis

“We point out that [Monday’s] incident in Nashville, TN is not one tragedy, but two. The first tragedy … is the loss of life of three children and adults. … The second and more complex tragedy is that [the shooter] … felt he had no other effective way to be seen than to lash out by taking the life of others, and by consequence, himself. … Many transgender people deal with anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and PTSD from the near-constant drum beat of anti-trans hate, lack of acceptance from family members and certain religious institutions, denial of our existence, and calls for de-transition and forced conversion. … Hate has consequences. … We remind the news media to respect the self-identified pronouns of transgender individuals who come across your desk.” —Trans Resistance Network

Re: The Left

“The … political narrative about how ‘gender affirmation’ as a clinical approach to gender dysphoria will prevent suicidality … is often a manipulation tactic by practitioners against concerned parents. Would you rather have a dead son or a living daughter? or vice versa. These people who have wedded themselves to this destructive ideology keep trying over and over again to deny what common sense, science, and religion have already concluded: Transgenderism isn’t the answer to their problems.” —Emmy Griffin

“The Geico gecko can convince us to buy car insurance. Trump can post a meme on Truth Social and it can convince someone to go take a baseball bat to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Someone can use the wrong pronoun and it can convince a trans person to harm himself or herself. But what can’t possibly happen, we are supposed to believe, is that the constant discussion and celebration of transgenderism might convince confused young people to decide they are nonbinary or trans.” —Rich Lowry

“We are going to look back years from now and wonder how we failed young girls so badly. Between social media and fashionable gender theories, we are making teenage girls depressed, anxious, and trans.” —Rich Lowry

“Our country is deeply broken because we’ve rejected God. We’ve given a microphone to the most insane in our society and allowed them to desecrate everything that is beautiful and true, while we sit back apathetically because we want to be ‘accepting’ and ‘inclusive.’ What a mess.” —Michael Seifert

“What if we treated symptoms of mental illness as worthy of care and observation rather than as acts of heroic resistance to ‘the system’ worthy of societal celebration and incentivization?” —Ben Shapiro

Non Compos Mentis

“If this had been a Muslim shooter [in Nashville], then we would have seen a thousand bills proposed for more things that Homeland Security could do.” —MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

For the Record

“Climate ‘doomers’ believe there is nothing to live for. They don’t want to have children, because who would want to bring children into a dying world? And since human beings are the cause of the climate crisis, inflicting more of them on the planet is morally wrong. … Climate ideology derives its power from its resemblance to religion. But it’s a poor substitute for a real faith, offering no hope of redemption by a benevolent God, but only punishment for our irredeemable sins; our lives will always have to get worse until the weather improves.” —Daniel McCarthy

“ESG is effectively a tax on your retirement funds, and it means you will have a smaller nest egg when you retire than if the money managers simply bought the top-performing stocks. … My estimate is that ESG has cost the public billions of dollars of reduced returns on their retirement nest eggs. This comes atop the $30,000 or so that people have lost on average in their 401(k) plans after Biden came into office, and the combination of high inflation and lousy stock market returns overall.” —Stephen Moore

Memo to Donald Trump

“There [are] enough problems that the Democrats have brought us. We have inflation. We have a border that’s wide open. We pay more for gasoline energy. We’ve got a world moving with war happening. … I don’t think Republicans should go after one another. … We can’t afford it.” —House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

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