This Week In Quotes: August 28 – September 3

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Tea parties do little good if all the people do is protest. They must at some point put down the protest signs and pick up campaign signs. A “buycott” of Whole Foods may make you feel involved, but you aren’t really involved until you’re making politicians permanently scared of you. — Erick Erickson

The ever-entertaining Karl Marx described a society’s least politically engaged people as the lumpen proletariat. Well, it’s beginning to look as if the globe’s lumpen proletariat has decided they’ve had about enough of the lumpen bureaucratariat. It could be a revolution under way, though not the one predicted by the boys at the barricades.

To Mr. Marx, the lumpen proletariat (often slurred into a single word, lumpenproletariat) was the most marginalized, hopeless, faceless swath of the underclass. Were he alive at this moment, it is not beyond imagining that Karl would have joined the charge against what has become a lumpen bureaucratariat–the permanent, often faceless overclass of gerrymandered politicians, bureaucrats for life and the public unions and special interests that swim alongside like pilot fish. — Daniel Henninger

“Mr. Obama’s people seem weirdly oblivious to the scale of their outlays, programs and dreams.” — Daniel Henninger

Being powerful, Margaret Thatcher once said, is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. — Ashley Herzog

I never dreamed I would see an administration try to disavow all the things that have made this country different from all others. — Jim Inhofe

Robert Reich has to be the poster boy for why liberals are only about 20% of our population. If it weren’t for the quiet backwaters of academia where, apparently they’re pretty much left alone to survive and breed, they wouldn’t have much of a chance of making it anywhere else. — McQ

(Ted Kennedy) was given everything he had in life. He didn’t earn anything. He is Thurston Howell III, and he has the nerve to say to people who built small businesses, restaurants and gas stations that they should have their money stolen from them. — Grover Norquist

So many “rights” have been conjured up out of thin air that many people seem unaware that rights and obligations derive from explicit laws, not from politically correct pieties. If you don’t meet the terms of the Geneva Convention, then the Geneva Convention doesn’t protect you. If you are not an American citizen, then the rights guaranteed to American citizens do not apply to you. — Thomas Sowell

While I admire the legacy of Sen. Ted Kennedy, I disagree with his view of health care for this country. That’s part of the debate. But I don’t want to see the country be guilted into a health care reform because of the passing. — Michael Steele

I don’t know how many lives (Ted Kennedy) changed — he certainly changed Mary Jo’s — but you’re struck less by the precise arithmetic than by the basic equation: How many changed lives justify leaving a human being struggling for breath for up to five hours pressed up against the window in a small, shrinking air pocket in Teddy’s Oldsmobile? If the senator had managed to change the lives of even more Americans, would it have been okay to leave a couple more broads down there? Hey, why not? — Mark Steyn

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