Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on November 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

“The so-called purity test is a 10-point checklist — a suicide pact, really — of alleged Republican positions. Anyone hoping to play on Team GOP would have to sign off on eight of the 10 — through their voting records, public statements or a questionnaire. The test will be put up for consideration before the Republican National Committee when it meets early next year in Hawaii…

“Each of Bopp’s bullets is so overly broad and general that no thoughtful person could endorse it in good conscience. Some are so simplistic as to be meaningless. As just one example: ‘We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges.’ What does that mean? Do we support all troop surges no matter what other considerations might be taken into account? Do we take nothing else into account? Does disagreement mean one doesn’t support victory?

“Whatever the intent of the authors, the message is clear: Thinking people need not apply.”

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“The best way to settle arguments is by having what we used to call full and frank exchanges about the issues, and then voting. A contest between Dick Cheney and Barack Obama would offer us a bracing referendum on competing visions. One of the problems with governance since the election of Bill Clinton has been the resolute refusal of the opposition party (the GOP from 1993 to 2001, the Democrats from 2001 to 2009, and now the GOP again in the Obama years) to concede that the president, by virtue of his victory, has a mandate to take the country in a given direction. A Cheney victory would mean that America preferred a vigorous unilateralism to President Obama’s unapologetic multilateralism, and vice versa…

“In an era of ideological purity within the party, Cheney is among the purest; no one can question his conservative credentials on national security, and his record in the House and as vice president places him beyond reproach from the base. He was, it is true, second in command in years of great deficit spending, but his image as an implacable foe of terrorism and a hardliner on the projection of American power would go a long way toward securing his position within the party as a warrior of the old school offering himself once more to a nation he has served in four different decades…

“Far from fading away, Cheney has been the voice of the opposition since the inauguration. Wouldn’t it be more productive and even illuminating if he took his arguments out of the realm of punditry and into the arena of electoral politics?”


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Thousands dead, hundreds of billions of $ squandered – for nothing.

I guess any nation can flaunt a cease fire with the U.S. with impunity eh? Were just a paper tiger then.

Millions of Iraqi who died at the hands of the Saddams might not agree with you either.

gdonovan on November 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Totally agree.

This would have been a very dangerous time for America if Saddam Hussein was still alive.

Obambi vs. Hussein & Ahdminedjab?

To think that Obambi’s only foreign policy is just “Americans, say I’m Sorry to the World”? Geesh.

700 Billion dollars in 6 years to destroy Hussein is nothing compared to Trillions of dollars in 9 months wasted by Obambi for his Go-Socialism program here at the homeland.

TheAlamos on November 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

If Vox is Poptech, it must be just killing him that he can’t post a resume and give himself away.

Sapwolf on November 29, 2009 at 12:19 AM

Yes.

CWforFreedom on November 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM

700 Billion dollars in 6 years to destroy Hussein is nothing compared to Trillions of dollars in 9 months wasted by Obambi for his Go-Socialism program here at the homeland.

TheAlamos on November 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

So Iraq was a VICTORY?? Great news!!! Congratulations!

simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 12:01 PM

So Iraq was a VICTORY?? Great news!!! Congratulations!
simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Yup.

Chris_Balsz on November 29, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Yup.

Chris_Balsz on November 29, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I’m so PROUD!!! When’s the parade?? Woo hoo!!!

simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Joining the party late here.

The Far Left (Democrats and otherwise) have no interest in helping the GOP return or retain majorities in any elected government, so to pay any attention to their loudest voices would be foolish.

The Conservatives (Republican, Libertarian, and Independents) don’t have to agree on any all-or-nothing set of values as they should know that it is a ploy to keep them from getting organized into any effective voting bloc capable of stopping the schemes of their political rivals.

From this time forward, participation in ALL future elections are no longer optional for lovers of liberty and freedom. Anyone right-of-center thinking voter had better be proactive in educating their families, friends, and neighbors on the ideas of conservatism, getting involved in the democratic process at ALL levels of government, and holding accountable any elected official who would willingly attempt to short circuit or do an end run around the Constitution for the sake of growing government and reducing liberty.

Enjoy the reigns of power while you can, Liberals.

Enough said.

itzWicks on November 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM

And the idiots who didn’t put the rape/incest exception in the South Dakota initiative when that was first put up to a vote set back the pro-life movement back for maybe forever…
ninjapirate on November 28, 2009 at 9:44 PM

So instead of having say 3000 abortions a year for whatever reason, with maybe 2% of abortion seekers volunteering a claim of rape/incest, you want 3000 abortions a year with 100% of abortion seekers claiming rape or incest? I presume you wouldn’t require a felony conviction, because you can’t get one in 9 months.

Chris_Balsz on November 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I’m so PROUD!!! When’s the parade?? Woo hoo!!!

simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Shhh. If you admit you don’t know they’ve been held for 8 years every time units rotate back to the States, people might question your patriotism.

Chris_Balsz on November 29, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I’m so PROUD!!! When’s the parade?? Woo hoo!!!

simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

The Left does not parade for freed people.
Talk to your Master.

deptofredundancydept on November 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Sure, he talks tough, but his only real achievement was a breathtaking display of crony capitalism that enriched his former employer.

Bleeds Blue on November 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Of course one might be able to ‘breathtakingly’ display another company that is capable of providing the same service under same conditions. Sinopec? Total? Elf? Any others?

He’s just cleaning up Bush’s Folly. Thousands dead, hundreds of billions of $ squandered – for nothing.

Mission Accomplished!

simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I disagree. The ‘nothing’ that indeed was accomplished was not just the removal of Saddam but the gaining of a top tier strategic ally in the den of undoubtedly the most strategic region of the ongoing campaign. This campaign was certainly at crisis level back then.

It is also disingenuous to claim that it was/is wars that squander billions (at any given time). Congress wholeheartedly agreed (with a tiny exception from a few) to fund the war which was deemed vital to our national defense. Under any responsible nation, it is defense that is the top mandate in terms of financing and prosecution. Our republic under the strictest guidelines of the Constitution is no exception. Therefore, any money that is spent during is where the squander lies. This is especially true when there are countless items (even whole departments) that have no Constitutional basis or merit whatsoever.

anuts on November 29, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Therefore, any money that is spent during is where the squander lies.

Should read: …any money spent for other items…

anuts on November 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

And the idiots who didn’t put the rape/incest exception in the South Dakota initiative when that was first put up to a vote set back the pro-life movement back for maybe forever…

ninjapirate on November 28, 2009 at 9:44 PM
Purity. I didn’t think they had the balls to do it, but they did,..and got what they deserved.

a capella on November 28, 2009 at 9:49 PM

yeah, because some abortions are better than others. When are you going to figure out that when it comes to murder, you can’t “allow” some to save others. You are not God. He gave you, the creature the commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Period. Follow it.

tigerlily on November 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Frankly, I don’t think I’d vote for anyone who would sign such a ridiculous thing.

AnninCA on November 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I’m so PROUD!!! When’s the parade?? Woo hoo!!!

simplesimon on November 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Shhh. If you admit you don’t know they’ve been held for 8 years every time units rotate back to the States, people might question your patriotism.

Chris_Balsz on November 29, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Troops? Simplesimon doesn’t care about those inbred redneck moronic race fans. Do ya, race fan?

ddrintn on November 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Troops? Simplesimon doesn’t care about those inbred redneck moronic race fans. Do ya, race fan?

ddrintn on November 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Odd that the party which hates the troops, the democrats, start most of Americas wars and the republicans end them, usually in victory. Even Vietnam was won on the battlefield and only declared a loss in Washington DC and through the eyes of the liberal media.

On Iraq, WE WON.

Any American loss of life is terrible, however, comparing American casualties to D Day in World War 2, 10,000 on the first day vs. less than 5,000 in the entire Iraq war results in a tremendous improvement in lower casualities and saved American lives and 50 million free muslims.

God bless our troops, for without them, the liberal trolls could not spew their ridiculous ideas here.

dthorny on November 30, 2009 at 11:17 AM

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