This Week In Quotes: Aug 13 – Aug 19

In a breathtakingly inappropriate setting, the president has chosen to declare our memories of 9/11 obsolete and the sanctity of Ground Zero finished. No one who has lived this history and felt the sting of our country’s loss that day can truly believe that putting our families through more wrenching heartache can be an act of peace. — Debra Burlingame, the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America

I used to be a Republican… Thank God. — Charlie Crist

I will say that (Jospeh Farah) could give less than two sh-ts about the conservative movement – as demonstrated by his promotion of the birther nonsense (long ago disproved by my newspaper, human events, also sweetness & light, american spectator and national review etc, etc etc). He’s the only allegedly serious conservative pushing the birther thing. for ONE reason: to get hits on his website. — Ann Coulter

America is the only developed nation that allows illegal aliens to gain full citizenship for their children merely by dropping them on U.S. soil. — Ann Coulter

(The Ground Zero Mosque is) a real affront to people who lost their lives. That site doesn’t belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all Americans and all faiths. — Howard Dean

There were people in this society who for economic and, frankly, social reasons can’t and shouldn’t be homeowners. I think we should, particularly, stop this assumption that you put everybody into homeownership. — Barney Frank

Nancy Pelosi is calling for an investigation into who’s funding the Bigot Brigade. — Charles Johnson, referring to people who oppose the Ground Zero Mosque

Of course that strain represents only a minority of Muslims. Islam is no more intrinsically Islamist than present-day Germany is Nazi – yet despite contemporary Germany’s innocence, no German of good will would even think of proposing a German cultural center at, say, Treblinka. — Charles Krauthammer

Less than 10 percent of the (Congressional Black Caucus) voted to ban partial-birth abortion in 2003, even though a majority of blacks support the ban. A majority of blacks oppose racial quotas and support school choice, but the CBC claims to speak for them when taking the opposite positions. — Jonah Goldberg

Every time there is an Islamic terrorist attack, we’re told that we must brace for yet another anti-Muslim backlash, which never arrives. — Jonah Goldberg

Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan. — Barack Obama

I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. — Barack Obama

There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded. How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City — Nancy Pelosi

The 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion. Sen. Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else. — Reid assistant Jim Manley explains Harry Reid’s position on the Ground Zero Mosque

It is divisive and disrespectful to build a mosque next to the site where 3,000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism. I strongly disagree with President Obama and Charlie Crist. — Marco Rubio

If you’re blaming Muslims for the attack on 9/11, then you need to change your mind. Did we blame Christians at the first World Trade attack? We didn’t! — Russell Simmons

It is no coincidence that those who imagine themselves so much wiser and nobler than the rest of us should be in the forefront of those who seek to erode Constitutional restrictions on the arbitrary powers of government. How can our betters impose their superior wisdom and virtue on us, when the Constitution gets in the way at every turn, with all its provisions to safeguard a system based on a self-governing people? To get their way, the elites must erode or dismantle the Constitution, bit by bit, in one way or another. What that means is that they must dismantle America. — Thomas Sowell

The right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. — Michael Steele on the Sean Hannity Show

If it cost $10 billion to save 100,000 teachers’ jobs, they are each being paid $100,000 a year. Since the national average teacher salary is just over $54,000 a year, somebody — federal bureaucrats? — is making a bundle on overhead. — The Washington Examiner

If you’re with someone for their money, you’re gonna earn it. — Holly Won’t

I think fighting dishonesty with dishonesty is sometimes the right thing for advocates to do, yes. That’s an honest view. — Matt Yglesias

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