This Week In Quotes: 9/4 – 9/10

I reject the whole Birth Certificate Conspiracy. I don’t buy it. It requires the falsification of too many facts I know to be true to be considered borderline-plausible.

But I’ll tell you one thing: You need to falsify far more facts, and assume much greater malignancy of the main actors, to buy into Trutherism.

Birtherism is silly. Trutherism, on the other hand, is insane. — Ace from Ace of Spades HQ

The (Healthcare) bill that’s coming through the House, with or without the public option, isn’t good for America. – Rep. John Adler (D-NJ)

Obama is averse to using the V-word (victory) and the American left since the Vietnam years has not wanted to see America victorious in war. They think it makes us look chauvinistic and proud about our nation when we should be, as Obama often has been, apologetic for its sins. — Michael Barone

There is an element of convenient fantasy as well in Obama’s health care statements to date. We are going to save money by spending money. We are going to solve our fiscal problems with a program that will increase the national debt by $1,000,000,000,000 over a decade. We are going to guarantee you can keep your current insurance with a bill that encourages your employer to stop offering it.

The list goes on. We are going to improve health care for seniors by cutting $500,000,000,000 from Medicare. We aren’t going to insure illegal aliens, except that we won’t have any verification provisions to see that they can’t apply and get benefits. — Michael Barone

Jesus said you need to love your brother as yourself. We need to be about loving & you can’t love through the Federal Government. – Tom Coburn

Labor leader Samuel Gompers, when asked what organized labor really wanted, famously answered, “More.” That just about sums up the goal of the left more broadly. If the government takes over health care, does anyone seriously believe that will be it? That no other industry or company or service will become the next target? Has liberalism anywhere ever been satisfied with its current level of control over human and economic activity? Why do you think government grows as fast and as large as it does? To some, government can never have enough control. — Jim DeMint

I’m troubled by reports from too many people to count that Rob Jesmer, the Executive Director of the NRSC, is aggressively pushing a new campaign theory – moderates will win and conservatives will lose. In fact, I’m told he has been rather blunt in a few small groups that the GOP needs to reject conservative candidates in favor of moderate candidates. — Erick Erickson

I heard it over and over again — if you wanted to criticize the White House on financial issues, your institutional funding would dry up instantly. The Obama campaign successfully telegraphed to donors that they should cut off Fund for America, which famously led to its demise. It wasn’t the last time something like that happened — just ask those who were receiving institutional money who criticized the White House and saw their funding cut, at the specific request of liberal institutional leaders who now principally occupy their time by brown nosing friends and former co-workers in the White House. — Jane Hamsher

What we are seeing is a very unfortunate turn of events in which racism is now the guaranteed retreat position once many prominent African-American elites find themselves in controversy. The problem is that the rest of the population of all races and classes looks at this privileged cohort and does not really detect bias or ill-treatment in their past or present circumstances, but rather remarkable tolerance and race-blind attitudes, as exemplified by their career successes. — Victor Davis Hanson

It is unseemly for a President of the United States to declare that truth-tellers are liars, especially when he relentlessly repeats the colossal untruth that everyone in America who likes their health insurance policy and doctor will be able to keep them under his plan. The President has to know it is dishonest to tell the American people they will be able to keep their policy. Under the President’s plan, a bureaucrat will decide if an individual’s policy will qualify, and then the employer will decide if he can afford the higher premiums. In many cases, there will not even be a qualified policy for the individual to decide to keep. Yes, we’ve heard all the lies Mr. President. — Republican Congressman Steve King

“The idea of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pulling Obama left is quite ridiculous. Where do you think he came from, this friend of Chávista ex-terrorist William Ayers, of PLO apologist Rashid Khalidi, of racialist inciter Jeremiah Wright? — Charles Krauthammer

Obama fancies himself tribune of the people, spokesman for the grass roots, harbinger of a new kind of politics from below that would upset the established lobbyist special-interest order of Washington. Yet faced with protests from a real grass-roots movement, his party and his supporters called it a mob — misinformed, misled, irrational, angry, unhinged, bordering on racist. All this while the administration was cutting backroom deals with every manner of special interest — from drug companies to auto unions to doctors — in which favors worth billions were quietly and opaquely exchanged.

“Get out of the way” and “don’t do a lot of talking,” the great bipartisan scolded opponents whom he blamed for creating the “mess” from which he is merely trying to save us. If only they could see. So with boundless confidence in his own persuasiveness, Obama undertook a summer campaign to enlighten the masses by addressing substantive objections to his reforms.

Things got worse still. With answers so slippery and implausible and, well, fishy, he began jeopardizing the most fundamental asset of any new president — trust. You can’t say that the system is totally broken and in need of radical reconstruction, but nothing will change for you; that Medicare is bankrupting the country, but $500 billion in cuts will have no effect on care; that you will expand coverage while reducing deficits — and not inspire incredulity and mistrust. When ordinary citizens understand they are being played for fools, they bristle.

After a disastrous summer — mistaking his mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens for (of all things) organizing — Obama is in trouble. — Charles Krauthammer

Think about this. Van Jones is a Yale Law School graduate (just like Glenn Reynolds) who according to a 2005 interview, had already landed a D.C. job after graduation but instead decided to move to the San Francisco area to become involved in a radical protest movement. He subsequently received a Rockfeller Foundation fellowship and, eventually, landed a “czar” job at the White House.

And yet, somehow, despite all his success, this Ivy League-educated Fortunate Son sees nothing but misery and oppression everywhere. Am I the only one who finds this bizarre? — The Other McCain

Many of us join Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero.

Lance Corporal Joshua ‘Bernie’ Bernard was a selfless young American who sacrificed everything for our freedom.

Shame on the AP for purposely adding to the grieving family’s pain. Ignoring the family’s wishes by publishing a sacred image of their loved one proved a despicable and heartless act by the AP. The family said they didn’t want the photo published. AP, you did it anyway, and you know it was an evil thing to do. — Sarah Palin

A fine prose style is an indicator of absolutely nothing regarding its owner.

Neither are charm, wit and class, which are traits any semi-successful con man or long haul serial killer can and must cultivate.

I’m reminded of the lines in a Diane Schoemperlen short story; the young female narrator falls in love with a man mostly because he looks so adorable when he sleeps. She says that it wasn’t until many years later that she realized this was, in fact, a fairly common phenomenon and not a sign of good character. — Kathy Shaidle

There are lots of people in the Obama administration who want to do things that have not been done before– and to do them before the public realizes what is happening. — Thomas Sowell

The president’s strategy on Jan. 20 was to hurl all the vast transformative spaghetti at the wall – stimulus, auto nationalization, cap’n’trade, health care – and make it stick through the sheer charisma of his personality. Unfortunately, the American people aren’t finding it quite so charismatic, and they’re beginning to spot the yawning gulf between the post-partisan hopeychangey rhetoric and the budget-busting prosperity-throttling future-beggaring big-government policies. — Mark Steyn

“Joe (Wilson) is right. Obama is a liar.” — Tom Tancredo

“You lie!” — Congressman Joe Wilson to Barack Obama

I know that my voice is serving as the voice for Americans across the country who are tired of irresponsible government programs that have only worsened our situation. During the August recess, I listened to thousands of concerned taxpayers who are mad at the rate in which liberal Democrats are spending their hard-earned money. They were shocked distraught by our nation’s slide toward extreme liberal big government and the attempts by Democrats to nationalize the auto industry and the banking industry.

I am also frustrated by this, but watching my Democratic colleagues in Congress scoff at the protests of their constituents has made me even more infuriated. Unfortunately I let that emotion get the best of me and I reacted by speaking out during the President’s speech. I should not have disrespected the President by responding in that manner.

But I am not sorry for fighting back against the dangerous policies of liberal Democrats. America’s working families deserve to have their views represented in Washington, and I will do so with civility. But I will not back down. — Joe Wilson

Coverage of the Jones controversy was a case study of some of the deep divisions within the media. Fox News’ Glenn Beck devoted program after program to Jones’ past, and a number of conservative blogs were responsible for finding some of Jones’ most inflammatory statements. Yet even as the controversy grew — and even after Jones himself apologized for some of his words — several of the nation’s top media outlets failed to report the story. As late as Friday, as the Jones matter began to boil over, it had not been reported at all in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC. Although the Post and CBS went on to report the Jones story on Saturday, the Times did not inform its readers about the Jones matter until after Jones resigned. — Byron York

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