This Week In Quotes: July 24 – July 30

by John Hawkins | July 31, 2009 8:15 am

As I said repeatedly during the campaign: Obama only appears “cool” and “even-tempered” because he’s never challenged. His “vetting” by the media consisted chiefly of juicy-mouthed nether-kissing.

It’s not difficult to appear “cool” under those circumstances. Anyone who freaks out and goes to pieces because he’s being praised too much is a lunatic. — Ace[1]

The mainstream media choose to flaunt story lines that make white America appear guilty of continued institutional racism, while black racism against whites is ignored as an acceptable disposition given our nation’s history. This double standard provides a game board on which the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton can thrive in perpetuity and ensures racial progress is slowed. — Andrew Breitbart[2]

In modern America, the alleged “victim” is always really the aggressor, and the alleged “aggressor” is always the true victim. — Ann Coulter[3]

Our casualties (in Iraq) are at a record low. The media interest is zero (a) because if you run a good news story, it’s a retroactive vindication of the Bush administration and nobody in the press wants that: if you run a bad news story, it’s a story that might imply that Obama is losing the war already won. — Charles Krauthammer[4]

“Everyone knows that (MSNBC’s) Rick (Sanchez) is an industry joke, he shows that he’s a hack everyday. And he doesn’t have to worry about working at FOX because we only hire talent who have the ability to generate ratings.” — Fox News Spokesperson[5]

In the old days, critics for the most part of what we called the “system” were at least blue-collar workers, underpaid teachers, or grassroots politicians whose rather modest lives matched their angry populist rhetoric. Now the most vehement critics of America’s purported sins are among the upper classes. And their parlor game has confused Americans about why they are being called polluters, racists, and exploiters by those who have fared the best in America. Do the wealthy and the powerful lecture us about our wrongs because they know their own insider status ensures that they are exempt from the harsh medicine they advocate for others? — Victor Davis Hanson[6]

Nobody wants to hear it, but this fact is too important to ignore: So far, the first African-American presidency has been one of the worst ever for African-Americans. The economic crisis has predominantly hit non-white working class men; the collapse of the auto industry is threatening to destroy the basis of the Midwestern black middle class. Key matters for African-Americans languish — the overincarceration of young black men that makes a mockery of American justice being the number one example. Government aid? That goes to bankers in Connecticut. If the President were white, there would be riots. — Stephen Marche[7]

The best way to help your neighbor is not to live off your neighbor. — AlfonZo Rachel

Those of us who want to see racism on its way out need to realize that others benefit greatly from crying racism. They benefit politically, financially, and socially. — Thomas Sowell[8]

What does a community organizer do? What he does not do is organize a community. What he organizes are the resentments and paranoia within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or tactics will accomplish that purpose. — Thomas Sowell[8]

We argue over affirmative action and disparate impact because we don’t know how to talk about our most profound racial problem: the lack of developmental parity between blacks and whites. Today a certain contradiction runs through black American life. As many of us still suffer from deprivations caused by historical racism, we also live in a society where racism is simply no longer a significant barrier to black advancement — a society so sensitized that even the implication of racism, as in the Henry Louis Gates case, triggers a national discussion. — Shelby Steele[9]

Whites are embarrassed to speak forthrightly about black underdevelopment, and blacks are too proud to openly explore it for all to see. So, by unspoken agreement, we discuss black underdevelopment in a language of discrimination and injustice. We rejoin the exhausted affirmative action debate as if it really mattered, and we do not acknowledge that this underdevelopment is primarily a black responsibility. — Shelby Steele[9]

“A black president, a black governor, and a black mayor all agree with a black Harvard professor that he was racially profiled by a white-Latino-black police team, headed by a cop who teaches courses in how to avoid racial profiling. The boundless elasticity of such endemic racism suggests that the “post-racial America” will be living with blowhard grievance-mongers like Professor Gates unto the end of time.” — Mark Steyn[10]

Thousand-page bills, unread and indeed unwritten at the time of passage, are the death of representative government. They also provide a clue as to why, in a country this large, national government should be minimal and constrained. — Mark Steyn[11]

But in this situation, the president spoke without the facts. And so you can’t have a teachable moment if it’s based on a lie. — Juan Williams[12]

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  6. Victor Davis Hanson:
  7. Stephen Marche:
  8. Thomas Sowell:
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