The Honorary Mentions For The Best Quotes Of 2010

by John Hawkins | December 14, 2010 12:10 am

Last week, I ran the The 2nd Annual 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2010[1]. There were a few outstanding quotes that didn’t quite make the cut, but were still good enough to see the light of day in the post. Here they are! Enjoy!

At some point, some high-profile Arizona pol really should call the bluff of sanctuary cities by offering to release captured illegals into their custody in lieu of deporting them. If Gavin Newsom and Mike Bloomberg and Antonio Villaraigosa are all so hot to welcome the “undocumented,” fantastic: Arizona’s got an endless supply and will be happy to provide however many to San Francisco and New York and L.A. that they’d like. — Allahpundit[2]

Every murderous totalitarian government of the 20th century began with some insulated group of faux-intellectuals congratulating each other on how smart they are, and fantasizing about how, if they could just install a dictatorship-for-a-day, they could right all the wrongs in the world.

It is the ultimate fantasy of the narcissist. And we’ve got whole generations of them, in control of our media and our government, all intent on “remaking America. — The Anchoress[3]

Look, the people who are opposing this are holding tea parties. The Democrats are holding a Kool-Aid party. This is political Jonestown. — Pat Caddell[4] on health care reform

It’s going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries “uncle” — Jim DeMint[5]

Seriously though, you get the feeling that if today’s “progressives” had their way, then none of the technology that we take for granted today – the car, airplanes, air conditioning – the Internet that Salon publishes on – would exist today. — Ed Driscoll[6]

People once thought Obama could sound eloquent reading the phone book. Now, whatever the topic, it often sounds as though he is. — Michael Gerson[7]

This being a democracy, don’t the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff? Don’t they understand Massachusetts? Well, they understand it through a prism of two cherished axioms: (1) The people are stupid and (2) Republicans are bad. Result? The dim, led by the malicious, vote incorrectly. — Charles Krauthammer[8]

I guess politicians can be excused for thinking the electorate is stupid because they keep winning reelection. If you were Barbara Boxer or Harry Reid and you kept being reelected, you’d have to think, “Half of my state is stupid.” But then you wouldn’t be smart enough to think that if you had their brains. — Rush Limbaugh[9]

Lastly, a point about the freedom of speech and being “offensive,” sadly not mentioned nearly enough by others: Everyone living in a democracy is expected to be able and willing to deal with criticism and, yes, even mockery. The freedom of speech means you also have the freedom to “offend.” Once you outlaw being “offensive” to this or that person or group, you are actually outlawing free speech. After all, no matter what you say, you can be darn sure somebody will be offended. — Michael Van Der Galien[10]

Toleration means asking nothing, criticizing nothing, saying nothing, about whom or what one is tolerating. This is the Sergeant Schultz standard of toleration: I know nothing. — William Kristol[11]

New York is the city with the oldest and strongest rent control laws in the nation. San Francisco is second. But if you look at cities with the highest average rents, New York is first and San Francisco is second. Obviously, “rent control” laws do not control rent. — Thomas Sowell[12]

  1. The 2nd Annual 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2010:
  2. Allahpundit:
  3. The Anchoress:
  4. Pat Caddell:
  5. Jim DeMint:
  6. Ed Driscoll:
  7. Michael Gerson:
  8. Charles Krauthammer:
  9. Rush Limbaugh:
  10. Michael Van Der Galien:
  11. William Kristol:
  12. Thomas Sowell:

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