May 22, 2023

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Al Sharpton, Stacey Plaskett, Miguel Cardona, and more.

The BIG Lies

“Nobody was threatened.” —Al Sharpton regarding Jordan Neely

“I’ve done my part. We put forward a proposal that cuts spending by more than a trillion dollars, and on top of the nearly $3 trillion in deficit reduction that I previously proposed through the combination of spending cuts and new revenues. Now it’s time for the other side to move … from their extreme positions, because much of what they’ve already proposed is simply, quite frankly, unacceptable. … On the merits based on what I’ve offered, I would be blameless.” —Joe Biden regarding default

Non Compos Mentis

“I doubt many people … would’ve said that two years after being elected, I’d be able to convince India, Australia, Japan, and the United States to form an organization called the Quad to maintain stability in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.” —Joe Biden (“The Quad was re-established in 2017 under President Trump.” —RNC)


“I’m excited for the American people to start to really internalize and understand firsthand all of the significant achievements that President Biden has delivered to this point.” —Congressman Dan Goldman (D-NY)

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

“The Republicans are bullies. You know, they bullied their way into stealing two Supreme Court seats. They want to bully their way into using our public debt as a way of extracting unjustified concessions from this congressional process. And we have to stand up to the bullies, or else they’ll keep coming back over and over and over again.” —Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)

“The rules don’t apply when it comes to the Republicans. They want [a] different set of rules for themselves and everyone else. They want a different set of rules for their political beliefs than other individuals have.” —Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett

Village Academy

“Teachers know what is best for their kids because they are with them every day. We must trust teachers.” —Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

For the Record I

“When are the perpetrators and advancers of the Russia collusion hoax going to confess error and apologize for the damage they have done? To judge from initial responses — and non-responses — to the Durham Report, the likely answer is never. Yet these same people can be heard lamenting that many of their fellow citizens don’t trust long-established government institutions and lack respect or even interest in long-established journalistic outlets. It doesn’t seem to cross their minds that by perpetrating and prolonging the Russia collusion hoax, these institutions and outlets have proven that they are willing to disregard rules of fundamental fairness and to lie and mislead to produce election outcomes to their liking. In so doing, they forfeit, quite possibly for many years, the trust of a large number of their fellow citizens.” —Michael Barone

“The real threat to our Republic is the corruption of federal law enforcement and the arrogant abuse of power that House Republicans are now exposing. It’s a Deep State that thinks it gets to decide what truth is and who our leaders are. America can survive riots. But we cannot survive corruption that undermines the rule of law, shreds our Constitution, makes a mockery of our elections and turns the ‘land of the free’ into a police state.” —Gary Bauer

For the Record II

“Despite the effort to enlist Daniel Penny in the Klan, there’s no indication that he was motivated by racial animus and no reason to believe that he would have acted differently if confronted with a mentally ill person of another race acting menacingly. Of course, if Penny had reacted the same way countering a perceived threat from a white man, the tragic event would be a blip; it’s the catnip of a purported racial incident and the opportunity to put Penny, with no justification, in the company of long-ago racists acting extralegally to intimidate and kill Black people that makes the case irresistible for progressives.” —Rich Lowry

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

“Why is America the only country deemed ‘racist’ for wanting secure borders and limited immigration?” —Ashley St. Clair


“I was asked to explain the difference between a small businessman and a big businessman. And my answer was that a big businessman is what a small businessman would be if only the government would get out of the way and leave him alone.” —Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

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