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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Top 40 political quotes for 2012

I would take exception to most of the quotes on this list compiled by the Right Wing News.  I think you could find a number of better ones in the comments on this blog alone.  Any time Herman Cain makes the top 10, you have to question the quality.  But a few of them are worth noting:

17) As government becomes bigger, it becomes more lawless. — George Will

13) As my father-in-law once said, when they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police — but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of. — Glenn Reynolds

4) The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog. — James Taranto 

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Anonymous Stilicho December 13, 2012 11:42 AM  

4) The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog. — James Taranto

That might sting a little in certain quarters

Anonymous Krul December 13, 2012 12:12 PM  

13) As my father-in-law once said, when they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police — but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of. — Glenn Reynolds

Kind of makes you wonder what percentage of tax revenue actually goes to teachers, firemen, and police and what percentage goes elsewhere.

Anonymous Krul December 13, 2012 12:17 PM  

3) This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is f—ing bullshit. First they say to you … ‘The United States of America, you can do anything you want — go for it! So then you go for it and you make it and everyone’s like, ‘F*ck you!’ — Jon Lovitz

Heh heh

38) “If liberals like it, it’s subsidized; if they don’t, it’s prohibited.” — Ann Coulter

True, very true.

Anonymous rycamor December 13, 2012 12:24 PM  

Props to Taranto. #4 is one of the best ones I've read in years.

Anonymous ck December 13, 2012 1:00 PM  

"As my father-in-law once said, when they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police — but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of."

... whose pushing for some idiotic war with a country with a marginally effective-to-no airforce with lunatics. Kinda like Glenn Reynolds.

Anonymous Josh December 13, 2012 1:15 PM  

Ben Shapiro?

Ugh.

The professional right is more intellectually bankrupt and more consistently treacherous than the left is.

Blogger Giraffe December 13, 2012 1:32 PM  

4) Trust me. I’m going to make sure this healthcare bill is never, ever, ever implemented. — John Boehner

A great quote from last year's list.

Anonymous Elmer? (who's Elmer?) December 13, 2012 1:38 PM  

Political quotes for 2012? Okay, I think this qualifies. Perhaps the mother of all quotes to date:

“Even the Rothschilds are sick of this”

To amplify the context:

Credit Suisse was named but not the BIS. as the main source of monetary fraud. Are we to believe that the BIS and the Rothschild’s who were said to be “tired of all this” are to be exonerated and are no longer party to “the plan”? and that there is a distinction between this Rothschild Illuminati and the Cabal/P2 infiltration of the Masonic lodge? [from Paul on September 30, 2012]

To clarify and answer said query:

The Rothschild comment (“they are tired of this”) came from a very well-known source – not Lee Wanta (though he was on the phone with me and the other person when the other person made the comment). It sounds to me like the unlawful greed on Wall Street got beyond the control of the Rothschild cabal. JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs – they don’t seem to understand what happens to an entire empire of corruption when the goose that lays the golden eggs gets killed by greed.

With regard to my naming Credit Suisse and not BIS – my reference here involves what happened to Ambassador Wanta, not who is responsible for the world’s financial condition. When Lee Wanta was arrested in Lausanne, he was investigating Credit Suisse’s involvement in re-activating certain credit facilities that had been closed – like Letters of Credit. It was called “Operation Chaselet.”

No… you are not to believe that the BIS and Rothschilds are no longer party to “the plan.” I think I would more accurately say that both are trying very hard to regain control of a snowball running downhill and quickly getting bigger and bigger and more and more out of their control… and they aren’t exactly sure how to stop it. There is no distinction between the Rothschild Illuminati and the Cabal/P2 infiltration of Masonic Lodges… and the Vatican, for that matter.

There is an excellent book on this subject. It explains the infiltration of Masonic Lodges… how it began and where. It is titled “Proofs of a Conspiracy” by John Robison and was recognized as an Americanist Classics book. It was published by Western Islands, Boston-Los Angeles – in 1798. This infiltration is nothing new. As this book clearly points out, it started in the 1700s in Europe. If you haven’t read it, it’s well worth the time. For input on the P-2 infiltration of the Vatican, I recommend Power on Earth, It is the geography of mafia-linked Italian banker and accused murderer Michele Sindona and it was written by Nick Tosches. Of course, Claire Sterling’s “Thieves’ World” is a classic on the Russian Mafiya – though she makes numerous errors in it. I will be posting corrections (for Simon and Schuster) from Lee Wanta regarding the book.
-- Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall

This may well be the real quote of the year. (of the decade or the century, for the matter):

From what I hear, we’re supposed to have a new world currency (basket of currencies) backed by gold as of January 1, 2013 – that news did not come from Lee, by the way, but from another source. -- ibid

Anonymous YIH December 13, 2012 1:51 PM  

@Josh:
I saw that too. So I started checking if Me-So was one. Nope.

Anonymous scoobius dubious December 13, 2012 1:54 PM  

With quotes like these representing the quality of thought on the right, no wonder the Repukes lost the election. Consider this one, plucked almost at random:

"An armed man is a citizen – a disarmed man is a subject. — Allen West"

While I'm as in favor of broadly-interpreted gun rights as the next lunatic, that is a demonstrably untrue statement. It sounds zippy, sure, and I bet it got applause in a speech or something, but it has the small liability of being untrue in at least three different ways, maybe more (I stopped counting.)

Granted the Dems' thought processes are equally nonsensical, but they're in the driver's seat -- in order to replace them there, it was incumbent on the GOP to make the superior arguments, and do the superior deeds. Drivel like this shows how and why they couldn't.

Anonymous Stickwick December 13, 2012 2:00 PM  

My favorite quote this year was from Shepard Smith:

Politics is weird. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.

Smith was reacting to some fawning baloney Romney said about Gingrich, which is perhaps why it didn't make the list.

Anonymous scoobius dubious December 13, 2012 2:03 PM  

Or look at this one...

"Is this what the most important movement of the 20th century — the great Civil Rights Movement — has come to? — Bernard Goldberg"

I suppose if we measure the most 'important' movement in neutral terms, the Civil Rights movement certainly tops the list. After all, what other movement in American politics resulted in the destruction of major American cities, the ruination of trust in education and many other public institutions, the rape of 30,000 white women a year --a YEAR!!-- the explostion of poverty, crime, and public housing, decades of life being made unliveable for white people in a dozen or more major cities, the creation of a needlessly expensive, anti-social, time-consuming and exasperating way of life in the suburbs and exurbs merely to avoid the chaos unleashed by the Civil Rights movement...

Yeah, I suppose that counts as "great", in the same way that the earthquake that destroyed Lisbon was "great."

Anonymous Orion December 13, 2012 2:13 PM  

In Herman Cain's defense he is correct. The problem is that he is one of the uninformed.

Blogger WATYF December 13, 2012 2:18 PM  

The best one so far....

"That’s to say, the unsustainable “bubble” is not student debt or subprime mortgages or anything else. The bubble is us, and the assumptions of entitlement. Too many citizens of advanced Western democracies live a life they have not earned, and are not willing to earn. Indeed, much of our present fiscal woe derives from two phases of human existence that are entirely the invention of the modern world. Once upon a time, you were a kid till you were 13 or so; then you worked; then you died. That bit between childhood and death has been chewed away at both ends. We invented something called “adolescence” that now extends not merely through the teenage years but through a desultory half decade of Whatever Studies at Complacency U up till you’re 26 and no longer eligible for coverage on your parents’ health-insurance policy. At the other end of the spectrum, we introduced something called “retirement” that, in the space of two generations, has led to the presumption that able-bodied citizens are entitled to spend the last couple of decades, or one-third of their adult lives, as a long holiday weekend. The bit in between adolescence and retirement is your working life, and it’s been getting shorter and shorter. Which is unfortunate, as it has to pay for everything else. This structural deformity in the life cycle of Western man is at the root of most of our problems." — Mark Steyn

Anonymous Porky? December 13, 2012 2:18 PM  

"That’s just how white folks will do you."

-Barry Soweto

Anonymous George of the Hole December 13, 2012 2:27 PM  

The best one just came in yesterday. Harry Belafonte - on what to do with political dissenters.

"The only left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail."



Anonymous Daniel December 13, 2012 2:36 PM  

"Anything worth having, is worth cheating for."

"Bipartisanship is just another word for gang rape."

"Trying to understand this political season is like trying to masturbate whilst jumping on a trampoline. And blowing bubbles with your other hand, balancing the bubble bottle under one arm, while the dog yaks up on the carpet."

"I would shoot myself if I had to write about politics every day."

"I'd rather look at Hillary's face sagging like a leaking dirigible for four years, than to suffer through one speech delivered by President Paul."

"The world has turned into a boring, politically correct place, and the world has lost its mind."

"When someone self-identifies themselves as a Conservative, watch that fucker close. Walk all around them, and bring in the sniffer dogs. You can fellate Dick Cheney all day, but when I hear you are pro choice/stem cell research (Hullo, Glenn Reynolds!) or anti death penalty and that you just love all of your Liberal friends because hey, it's only politics, and the War on Drugs is just such a tragedy and, well...

You may be something, but it ain't Conservative."

"I hate it that my vote counts, and I hate it that I voted for Bush. I'll not debate anybody on this, but merely ridicule them and touch their inner child on the naughty spot, because I truly do not give a shit about any of this."

"So, I hear Senator Harry Reid has had a 'mini-stroke'. Just like a Democrat to do things half way, the cunt.

If he'd just apply himself, I'm sure he could burst a nice big vein and gobble like a turkey as he dies."

"If I only had one bullet left, and both John Fonda Kerry and John 'Fuck America' McCain lurched into my kill zone, I would probably have to use the bullet on myself in frustration."

"I don't care how many of your relatives died fighting the Nazis. Shut up and go set your Honda Accord on fire."

"[Politics is] like asking For Extra Mayo on your shit sandwich."

--Bane

Anonymous Stilicho December 13, 2012 3:09 PM  

touch their inner child on the naughty spot

Priceless

Anonymous paradox December 13, 2012 3:54 PM  

I guess all the quotes that say, "Romney is the only candidate that can beat Obama" didn't make the list.

Anonymous fnn December 13, 2012 4:05 PM  

4) The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog. — James Taranto

They should have stuck with "code words." Making yourself the "code-breaker" sounds more impressive than making yourself "the dog."

Anonymous feral1404 December 13, 2012 4:10 PM  

"Every government becomes despotic that continually makes more preventative laws."

I don't know who said that, but I remember it vividly; moreso every time I peruse the news of late.

Anyone know where it comes from?

Anonymous FUBAR Nation (Ben) December 13, 2012 4:27 PM  

"Nine, Nine, Nine!"

Anonymous Heh December 13, 2012 4:37 PM  

If I had the energy I'd go through and pick the top 40 hilarious comments for the past year from Scoobius, who always wins the thread as far as I'm concerned.

Blogger JaimeInTexas December 13, 2012 4:47 PM  

Re. Geroge Will's quote

"I can only say that while I have considered the preservation of the constitutional power of the General Government to be the foundation of our peace and safety at home and abroad, I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it."

Robert E. Lee, Gen. CSA to Lord Acton, 15 Dec. 1866

Blogger Desert Cat December 13, 2012 5:30 PM  

Daniel December 13, 2012 2:36 PM
...
--Bane


Dammit. Do you have to remind us of what we are missing?

Anonymous WaterBoy December 13, 2012 6:07 PM  

feral1404: "Anyone know where it comes from?"

Not that exact quote, but similar:

"Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges."
(The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.) -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus


Anonymous feral1404 December 13, 2012 8:19 PM  

feral1404: "Anyone know where it comes from?"

Not that exact quote, but similar:

"Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges."
(The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.) -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Close enough to originally express the sentiment. Thank'ee Sir.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera December 13, 2012 9:32 PM  

Bane wins the thread from beyond the grave.

Anonymous Michael Maier December 13, 2012 10:52 PM  

Jon Lovitz' quote is about the only good one. (Now let's see if this crappy comment system works....)

Anonymous Susan December 14, 2012 10:26 AM  

Thanks for the early Christmas present Daniel. Those were awesome. It's times like this that I miss Bane and his wit. He could not only hit the spot, but rub it out too. Watching Bane, VD and sometimes Nate trading barbs was so entertaining and could have me laughing so hard sometimes.

He could really take down Moron of the Lakes (as he called her). Remember her?

Those were the days.(huge sigh)

Anonymous Cainiac December 14, 2012 11:04 AM  

The first 40 sentences of any speech from The Cain Train (TM) easily beats any of that "top 40". Except for Cain's quote, 'natch.

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