Dec 22

End of the year quotes.

Oh, this is fun! A year’s end review of quotes from outspoken political pundits in the U.S.

Follow the previous link for the top 30 picks from the online news source, Townhall.

For me the best quote of the year is number 14;

“What is going on here is that a cadre of people who have a very narrow skill-set — primarily law or some public policy degree which featured very little math, and that math was Math for Liberal Arts — have decided that they can comprehend the workings of everyone else’s job in America, simply because they went to a Good School.

Well, actually, most of them didn’t go to a Good School (by which I mean a truly elite school like Harvard or Princeton); most of them went to lesser schools. But they have Harvard grads in their social circle, so they now count themselves as part of the club.

They do not know what they don’t know.

They believe they are masters of the universe, but in fact are masters of almost nothing at all, not even the narrow range of material they studied before immediately going into a career of government work or government agitation.

They believe themselves to be transcendentally hypercompetent, a delusion that they are permitted to cling to only because they’ve never been in positions of actual responsibility where their decisions will result in well-defined failure or well-defined success.

Obama is of course the apotheosis of this type. He not just their high priest, but their demi-god, a half-god born upon the earth.

But they are all just like him — sky-high on personal estimation of their capabilities, and yet scandalously short on actual accomplishments.

And these are the people who presume that they can run the world for us, and do our jobs better than us”. — Ace

This next one is especially poignant for me, because I have been saying this for several years, though I wish it were not so!

“The total fiscal overhang of our federal, state, and local governments — their combined debt and unfunded liabilities — is around $140 trillion, and growing. That is about twice the annual economic output of human civilization, and nearly the value of all the financial assets in the world. It is something close to a mathematical certainty that those debts and obligations will not be made good on at their present value.” Kevin Williamson

…and this one addresses some facts that gun control advocates don’t want you to talk about.

The homicide rate in the U.S. is around average. Russia’s homicide rate is four times ours; rates in Africa average around five times ours; the rate in Brazil is five times ours; Mexico, which has stringent gun control laws, has double our homicide rate; murder rates in the Caribbean approximate those in Africa. It is true that Western European countries in general have lower rates than we do, but that is mostly because African-Americans commit murders at eight times the rate of whites. The murder rate in Norway is very low, but it is indistinguishable from the rate among Norwegian-Americans. It is also noteworthy that the homicide rate in the U.S. today is only one-half what it was in the early 1990s. That decline, which has occurred during a time when gun laws have generally been liberalized, is never addressed by gun control advocates.” — John Hinderaker

This next particular quote highlights the lack of logic embraced by the self anointed elite who would presume to limit an individual’s right to self defense.

Oh, the guy who bombed Boston is on the loose in my neighborhood? Super glad I don’t have an AR-15 with 30 round mags” Said nobody, ever“. Katie Pavlich

Go read them all.

 

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