Words to the wise: quotes about politics, with links

“I had a hard time believing that wealthy people in the 1950s had a different attitude toward the taxman than wealthy people do today. And guess what? I was right.” A look at the days of the 90 percent top tax rate.

” To maintain his pose, the centrist must always be shifting his positions to somewhere close to the midpoint between the dominant political ideologies, even if one of them (let’s call it “the Republican party”) is racing at light speed toward the most extreme radical reaction.”

Rep. Duncan Hunter says he “Probably killed women and children, if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So do I get judged, too?”

“The animating impulse of Trump’s campaign — the beating heart of ‘Make America Great Again’ — was a defense of traditional hierarchies. Trump promised, explicitly, to weaken America’s commitment to principles of fairness and equality to strengthen privileges of race, gender and wealth.”

According Alabama’s George Faught, people calling for a rape exception to the state’s anti-abortion bill are “saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life, and I disagree with that.”

“The notion that an in-custody stillbirth at 27 weeks is not a death, but that an abortion at six or eight weeks is a murder punishable by up to 99 years in prison, requires wild feats of mental jujitsu.”

“But on the other hand why not send the message directly? In Donald Trump’s America, why be subtle?”

“Before you ask them to respect our borders, ask yourself: Has the West ever respected anyone’s borders?”

“The rot extends further than Trump.”

“Like many right-wing attempts at historical revisionism, [it]ignores the long and violent imposition of Jim Crow apartheid in the former Confederate states after the Civil War—not to mention official and unofficial policies that have continued to perpetuate glaring racial disparities in opportunity, income, wealth and well-being.”

“The reason that there’s enhanced punishment on domestic violence is to recognize and protect the sanctity of marriage. And I said, ‘there’s no marriage to protect.’ So I don’t prosecute them as domestics.” — anti-gay bigot DA Craig Northcott on why he won’t prosecute domestic violence cases involving gay marriages.

“The U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.” And yet they say they have no money to pay damages.

“Despite this — the use of the swastika, a far right symbol and the fact that nearly every single anti-Semitic offense reported was perpetrated by the far right — despite this, the Times writer(s) nevertheless repeat their utterly false equivalence of right, left, and Muslim.”

“Who rolls back environmental regulations in the face of a massive climate crisis? Republicans — all of them, or nearly all.

“The belief that the Key to Everything is “the startling news that the media isn’t reporting!” always leads, ultimately, to anti-Semitism.”

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