This Week In Quotes: Feb 23 – Mar 1

“Let’s support children who do exist.” Oh, that reminds me. The great atheist Richard Dawkins acknowledges that God might exist. In that spirit, shouldn’t pro-choice people acknowledge that children in the womb might exist? But the big question, in both cases, is: What are you going to do about it? — Ann Althouse

“I used to be a conservative.” — Jeb Bush

And this is where it becomes difficult to honor the Roman injunction to speak no ill of the dead. It’s difficult for me to assess Breitbart’s impact upon American media and American politics as anything other than poisonous. When one of the leading media figures of the day achieves his success by his giddy disdain for truth and fairness–when one of our leading political figures offers to his admirers a politics inflamed by rage and devoid of ideas–how to withhold a profoundly negative judgment on his life and career? — David Frum

The strangest accusation in this manipulated public discussion has the bishops not respecting the separation between church and state. The bishops would love to have the separation between church and state we thought we enjoyed just a few months ago, when we were free to run Catholic institutions in conformity with the demands of the Catholic faith, when the government couldn’t tell us which of our ministries are Catholic and which not, when the law protected rather than crushed conscience. The state is making itself into a church. The bishops didn’t begin this dismaying conflict nor choose its timing. We would love to have it ended as quickly as possible. It’s up to the government to stop the attack. — Francis Cardinal George, archbishop of Barack Obama’s home town of Chicago

We’re not going to fix Afghanistan. It’s not possible. These are people who have spent several thousand years hating foreigners. And what we’ve done by staying is become the new foreigners. And this is a real problem. There’s some problems where what you have to do is say ‘You know, you’re going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life because I’m not here – you clearly don’t want to hear from me how to be unmiserable.” — Newt Gingrich

“You are allowed to have your opinion. You’re allowed to have your opinion that a Palestinian 2000 years ago walked on water and did magic tricks and he was really still his own father and all that stuff. That’s fine. You can have whatever opinion you want, and the fact that a billion other people believe it gives you a lot of strength and credence. But I also have the opinion that that’s ridiculous, that it’s anachronistic, this is the 21st century.” — Bill Maher

(Mitt Romney) doesn’t understand how America works any more than Barack Obama understands how America works. — Rick Santorum

I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. — Rick Santorum

President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob! — Rick Santorum

No nation is rich enough to give you all this “free” stuff year in, year out. Spain’s government debt works out to $18,000 per person, France’s to $33,000, Greece’s to $39,000. Thank God we’re not Greece, huh? Er, in fact, according to the Senate Budget Committee, U.S. government debt is currently $44,215 per person. Going by the official Obama budget numbers, it will rise over the next ten years to $75,000. As I say, that’s per person: 75 grand in debt for every man, woman, and child, not to mention every one of the ever-swelling ranks of retirees and disabled Social Security recipients – or about $200,000 per household. — Mark Steyn

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