This Week In Quotes: 10/15 – 10/21

Washington is borrowing 37 cents of every dollar it spends from our kids and grandkids. Given that, I think it’s reasonable to ask why Congress is spending taxpayers’ money to support a left-wing radio network – and in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, it’s clearer than ever that’s what NPR is. — John Boehner

Sure, we in the West treat women well, but we certainly can’t expect that level of sophistication from the brown people. And sure, we treat gays well, but we have to understand that the brown people haven’t evolved to that point, and we should therefore just ignore their sins. And sure, we can tolerate free speech (or, at least, if we’re a so-called liberal, we pay lip-service to the notion of free speech), but we’re big enough to recognize that the brown people haven’t matured enough as a race to handle it.

The exceptionally low standards we allow for Muslims and blacks are always phrased in terms of “respect” for the “other” culture. “Respect,” however, is a misnomer. True respect is impossible if we consistently assert that the “others” (who invariably have skin darker than ours) cannot hold themselves to the normative behaviors of which we’re most proud. — Bookworm

These are naive idiots who’ve come out of academia and have never done anything real in their lives, and they are actually in power. These are the people we never let in the room when we had serious business to do. Now they’re running the country. — Pat Caddell on Obama’s inner circle

Reelect me, keep Democrats on the field. And when we come back next year, maybe we will get to the public option. — James Clyburn

In all of life’s tribulations, there is nothing so aggravating as being condescended to by an idiot. — Ann Coulter

I don’t want to be in Washington another six years and watch the Republican party betray the trust of the American people again. I mean, we had the White House. We had a majority in the House and the Senate. We voted for more spending and more earmarks. Most of our senior members seem to be focused on taking home the bacon. I’m not going to be in a Republican party like that and that’s not what the Republican Party is across America. — Jim DeMint

As long as the black vote is a referendum on empathy, compassion and “civil rights,” Republicans lose. Nobody can “feel your pain” like a spread-the-wealth, entitlement-expanding, “close-the-inequality-gap” leftist.

“The struggle for civil rights is over,” I told him. “The good guys won. The battle now is against wrongheaded ‘compassionate’ policies. But the most important issue – by far – is education.”

Republicans need to ask blacks, “Are you better off?” Are blacks better off sending their children to assigned government schools – as demanded by the teachers unions and the Democratic Party? — Larry Elder

Since the 1960s, much of the American church has been stampeding away from its allegedly “judgmental” past. As we de-stigmatize divorce, our families dissolve. As we de-stigmatize illegitimacy, fathers vanish. In matters public (see, for example, the Christian community’s utter failure to oppose no-fault divorce) and private (the reluctance to “judge” our close friends when they stray into manifestly destructive behaviors), the message is clear: “I’m not one of those judgmental Christians.”

We need to learn that there’s a difference between judgment and reading comprehension. You are not making a judgment when you say that homosexual sex is wrong, that God hates divorce, and that premarital sex is a sin. God made those judgments, and you’re merely communicating the judgment He made, not making one of your own. Further, in withholding, watering down, or denying those truths, you are not making anyone’s life better. You are making their lives worse. — David French

The double standard is now so large you can’t get your head around it. We cannot have a healthy democracy where those whose job is to inform the public see their first duty as protecting the reputations of their preferred incumbents. — Jim Geraghty

I guess politicians can be excused for thinking the electorate is stupid because they keep winning reelection. If you were Barbara Boxer or Harry Reid and you kept being reelected, you’d have to think, “Half of my state is stupid.” But then you wouldn’t be smart enough to think that if you had their brains. — Rush Limbaugh

We have a lousy Supreme Court decision [in the Citizens United case] that has opened the floodgates, and so we have to deal within the realm of constitutionality. And a lot of the campaign finance bills that we have passed have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. I think the Constitution is wrong. I don’t think that money is the same thing as human beings. — Jim McGovern

Communist economies fall faster because they take the poison pure; it takes the merely socialist ones more time to sicken and die. — Monty

We got a pretty good president. — Barack Obama

I don’t think I’ve ever met that gal, Maureen Dowd – O’Dowd – whatever the heck her name is. — Sarah Palin

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared. — Barack Obama

California would need to create more than 4 million jobs over the next 10 years just to keep up. Does anyone seriously think that the liberal policies of Pelosi and Reid and Obama — heck a Boxer and a Brown — are going to be able to turn this around and get the job done? NO! They act like they’re permanent residents of some unicorn ranch in Fantasy land, if they really think they are going to be able to turn it around with the liberal policies that they want to continue! — Sarah Palin

Climate change – to deny it exists, to just put your head in the sand and, ‘oh no, it doesn’t exist, what are you talking about,’ is about like standing on the floor of Macy’s during the month of December and claiming Santa Claus doesn’t exist. — Rep. Nick Rahall, Democratic incumbent

If you look underneath the surface of the Tea Party movement, on the other hand, you will find that it is not sophisticated. It’s not like these people have read the economist Friedrich August von Hayek. Rather, these are people who are deeply concerned about what they see happening to their country, particularly when it comes to spending, deficits, debt and health care. — Karl Rove

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