This Week In Quotes: July 23 – July 29

That’s why the “Political Class” — the Gee Aren’t I Terribly Enlightened? crowd — opposes (building a fence). They talk about that a lot — the symbolism of the thing.

How about discussing the reality of it? It’s a fence. Its real purpose — in real-world, real-time reality — is to halt people from crossing a border. A real border, mind you, although on that point I concede a border is a more abstract concept than, say, a shoe.

It doesn’t symbolically represent a division between the countries. It actually is a division between the countries.

And what is wrong with that? — Ace

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Do we say hasn’t aged well about something that was never pretty? — Althouse

We know that if you have veterans in one place where they can befriend each other and talk to each other. You know when you’ve gone through similar things you need to share it. I don’t care whether you are a policeman or a fireman or a veteran or by chance a member of Congress. [Democratic Rep.] Maxine [Waters] and I could look at each other and roll our eyes. We know what we are up against. And it is hard for people who are not there to understand the pressure and the great things that go along with it and the tough things that go along with it. — Barbara Boxer

Opposition to affirmative action is racist. Supporting the tea party gives aid and comfort to racists. Opposing health care puts you in league with folks who used racial slurs on Rep. John Lewis. To raise the issue of the New Black Panther Party is to play the race card. One understands the bitterness of tea-party folks who carry signs that read: “What difference does it make what this placard says? You’ll call it racist anyway. — Pat Buchanan

Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera? God, what am I supposed to do? — Ken Buck

Rising temperatures won’t “destroy” the planet, as fearmongers and celebrities like to say. But the evidence that carbon emissions are altering the planet’s ecology is too convincing to ignore. Conservatives who dismiss climate change as a hoax are making a spectacle of their ignorance. — Ross Douthat

Make no mistake: If the Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress wanted to stop illegal immigration, they could. They could secure our border. They will not stop it for political reasons. It does not suit their political agenda. America must be a country of laws but Obama, my opponent Bob Etheridge and the Democratic Leaders in Congress — what has been called ‘the political ruling class’ in Washington — see themselves as above the law. They will not enforce the law on immigration. And they will not allow anyone else to. — Renee Ellmers

The CBO projects net interest payments rising from 9 per cent of revenue to 20 per cent in 2020, 36 per cent in 2030, 58 per cent in 2040 and 85 per cent in 2050. As Larry Kotlikoff recently pointed out in the Financial Times, by any meaningful measure, the fiscal position of the US is at present worse than that of Greece. — Niall Ferguson

We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona. I have read that some of the artists won’t come here. They are (expletive)wits! Let’s face it: I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what’s the (expletive) with these people? — Elton John

If 20 Blue Dogs lost their seats, nobody’s going to care. That’s their problem and I’m not going to cry about them. To me, a more cohesive caucus might be a better deal moving forward than one in which the Blue Dogs need to be appeased. — Markos Moulitsas

(African-Americans) are sort of a mongrel people. I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up. That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it. — Barack Obama

I would add another concern about excessive skepticism: It tends to breed its exact opposite. Man’s desire is to know; this is both his glory and his destiny. But when he uses excessive skepticism as his chief tool in the search for truth, he quickly becomes exhausted by the effort. And that’s when the ideological dogmatisms come in, offering him the gentle ease of their subtle poisons. Come in unto me, they say, and I will give you rest. If his mind had not been tired out by the struggles of dogmatic skepticism, it would have more vigor to resist the greater intellectual dangers; dangers that, especially over the past century, have done great harm not just to the intellectual world, but to the lives of countless innocent. — Mike Potemra

By every objective measure — from jobs and economic growth to the rising price tag — the stimulus has failed. — Rep. Paul Ryan

Married women, 70% of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you’ve got to have big brother government to be your provider. — Phyllis Schlafly

I think (Andrew Breitbart) would like to get us stuck back in the times of slavery. That’s where I think he would like to see all black people end up again. — Sherrie Sherrod

Experience trumps brilliance. — Thomas Sowell

The Jewish domination of the media. There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years. — Oliver Stone

I have dedicated my political career to bringing fairness to America’s economic system and to our work force, regardless of what people look like or where they may worship. Unfortunately, present-day diversity programs work against that notion, having expanded so far beyond their original purpose that they now favor anyone who does not happen to be white. — Jim Webb

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