Quotes about politics, with links

Slacktivist on MLK’s “I have a dream” speech: “These opening statements set the framework for the entire speech, yet neither they nor that framework — the cashing of this check, the honoring of America’s sacred obligation — is usually mentioned at all when people invoke this speech in an attempt to cloak themselves in the mantle of King’s vision or to claim for themselves his approval as a shield against criticism.”

“On paper, Galicia seems to have done everything right, carrying multiple documents with him that proved he was a U.S. citizen. But that apparently wasn’t enough to keep him from landing in a detention center.”

“The grocery store blares Christian music at their customers and donates publicly to Christian causes, but in Perkins’ logic-free mind, they’re staying out of the ‘political fray.‘”

Who could have seen this coming except literally anybody who thought for 5 seconds about how a Trump/McConnell/Ryan government would work and realized that his many statements committing to standard Republican policies would prove more reliable than his vague gestures at populism?”

“Many people think that more immigration into Western countries leads to more terrorism, because immigrants from non-Western cultures are more likely to be terrorists. My research finds a very different kind of relationship. Immigrants aren’t committing terrorism in Western Europe. Rather, native citizens appear to be committing terrorism because of their hostility to immigrants.”

“Trump’s frenetic female supporters use the same technique for the same reason. In praising predatory men and attacking outspoken liberal women, they reinforce their devotion to the dominant group, the group they subconsciously fear because it controls their fate: Republican men.”

“Whether you view Trump as a David or an Antipas, whether you serve at the court of the resplendent king or stand over against the court from the wilderness, one thing Nathan and John the Baptist held in common was that both were willing to condemn unrighteousness in their rulers—even if it cost them everything.”

“ICE has asked for permission to begin routinely destroying 11 kinds of records, including those related to sexual assaults, solitary confinement and even deaths of people in its custody.”

Florida woman lies about being a doctor and about treating victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting: “As to her claim, recited at Soto’s events and to Florida Politics, that she had removed 77 bullets from 32 Pulse victims while working in the Orlando Regional Medical Center on June 12, 2016, she told Aponte: “It is a false statement. I just made it up.””

“It’s control exercised over the one small part of your environment that you still have the power to affect.”

Rep. Katie Porter to Wells Fargo attorneys: “It’s convenient for your lawyers to deflect blame in court, and say your rebranding campaign can be ignored as hyperbolic marketing, but when then you come to Congress, you want us to take you at your word.”

“This makes them suckers for leaders who assure them they aren’t misfits. What’s really happening—and this can be a very beguiling story—is that women toy with them and laugh at them as part of a deliberate ploy to emasculate strong men and keep them from their rightful leadership positions. Because of this, a bitter resentment of women runs through almost every strain of the alt-right.”

“The drug industry — the pill manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers — found it profitable to flood some of the most vulnerable communities in America with billions of painkillers. They continued to move their product, and the medical community and government agencies failed to take effective action, even when it became apparent that these pills were fueling addiction and overdoses and were getting diverted to the streets.”

“I see Trump as a symptom so powerful that it becomes its own cause, kind of like a political hard drug. Let’s pretend that Trump is political meth.”


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