This Week In Quotes: June 12 – June 18

by John Hawkins | June 19, 2009 8:05 am

The great thing about government health care is … you can start denying coverage for demographics that don’t vote for you. — Borris[1]

While Mr. von Brunn is currently being made out to be the poster child of the Republican Party, even a cursory look at his professed views shows he is the avowed enemy of the GOP in its current incarnation. Among many others, Mr. von Brunn hates Rupert Murdoch, Fox News (that means you, too, Shep!), George W. Bush and John McCain. And according to the FBI, Mr. von Brunn even had in his vehicle the address of the Weekly Standard, home base of the dreaded “neo-cons.”

Seems Mr. von Brunn wasn’t a big fan of the Iraq War and also believed that 9/11 was an “inside job.” Given this political sketch, Mr. von Brunn would feel at home at Camp Casey, Cindy Sheehan’s antiwar outpost in Crawford, Texas, and at the Daily Kos convention, rather than partaking in a National Review cruise with pro-Israeli war hawks Mark Steyn and Victor Davis Hanson.

…The inconvenient truth is that David Duke and James von Brunn currently share more in common with Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington than with Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. But the right wouldn’t be so crass or foolish to try to blame the political left for the existence of – or motivation behind – haters like Mr. von Brunn. — Andrew Breitbart[2]

Feminism has become exactly what feminist women despise: an organization that discriminates based on gender and thinking the “wrong” thoughts. — Melissa Clouthier[3]

Whether it is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Weather Underground, Central Park rapists, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, welfare recipients, Palestinian terrorists, murderers, abortionists, strippers or common criminals — liberals always take the side of the enemies of civilization against civilization. — Ann Coulter[4]

Government (aka taxpayers) already pays half of our health care dollar, with programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and other federal and state plans. The stated goals are accessibility and affordability. Congress passed Medicare in 1965. In the 20 years before the program’s inception, the cost of a day in a hospital increased threefold. In the 20 years following Medicare, a day in a hospital increased eightfold — substantially higher than inflation over that period. Because of cost controls on government plans, providers increased the cost on everybody else. — Larry Elder[5]

It’s starting to get a little shameful for the professed humanitarian Obama to be seen so nakedly uninterested in the hundreds of thousands in the streets of Tehran both voicing values similar to our own, and ridiculing a government that for 30 years has serially killed Americans, promoted worldwide terror, and violated international agreements. — Victor Davis Hanson[6]

And then there is the guy who stole his reelection — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Let me put this in terms you can understand: Ahmadinejad is worse than Hitler and almost as bad as Bush. I’d compare him to Cheney, but I don’t want you to accuse me of hyperbole. He wants to destroy Israel … which I know you don’t care about, but just look at all the things he has in common with right-wingers: he has crazy religious ideas, he is against abortion, and he does not believe in evolution. If he were a Republican, you’d be making jokes about raping his fourteen-year-old daughters just for that.

The only way Ahmadinejad could better epitomize everything you hate is if he were fervently pro-America and a woman. Instead of imagining Bush doing every evil thing you can think of, you can try imagining Ahmadinejad doing the same — except he might actually be doing them. Of course, I’m not saying you should hate him as much as you hated Bush — I don’t think that’s possible — but you could maybe spare a little anger for him. — Frank J.[7]

The government competes in the private sector the way an alligator competes with a duck. — Rep. Mike Pence

Of all our foreign-policy failures in my lifetime, our current shunning of those demanding free elections and expanded civil rights in Iran reminds me most of Hungary in 1956.

For years, we encouraged the Hungarians to rise up against oppression. When they did, we watched from the sidelines as Russian tanks drove over them.

For decades, Washington policymakers from both parties have prodded Iranians to throw off their shackles. Last Friday, millions of Iranians stood up. And we’re standing down. — Ralph Peters[8]

Back when I was on the receiving end of racial discrimination, it was to me not simply a personal misfortune, or even the misfortune of a race, it was a moral outrage. But not everyone who went through such an experience sees it that way.

When it comes to subjecting other people to the same treatment in a later era, some have no real problem with that. They see it as pay-back.

One of the many problems of the pay-back approach is that many of the people who most deserve retribution are no longer alive. You can take symbolic revenge on people who look like them but this removes the whole moral element. If it is all right to discriminate today against individuals who have done you no harm, then why was it wrong to discriminate against you in the past? — Thomas Sowell[9]

A society of children cannot survive, no matter how all-embracing the government nanny. — Mark Steyn[10]

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  2. Andrew Breitbart:
  3. Melissa Clouthier:
  4. Ann Coulter:
  5. Larry Elder:
  6. Victor Davis Hanson:
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  8. Ralph Peters:
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  10. Mark Steyn:

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