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Remembering Charles Krauthammer; your favourite quote?

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Jun 22 in News & Informations ⌨ by Virginia (7,390 points)
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Since learning of Charles Krauthammer as a conservative commentator (just in time to learn of his death, today June 21), I have been paying more attention...and he is too conservative for me. However, I cannot help but admire him...here are some of his best-known quips, do you have a favourite?

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"In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit."

"Washington is the only place in the world where a gaffe is when a politician accidently speaks the truth." (This is certainly one of my own favourites!)

"There's a reason why in New York Harbor we have the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Equality."

"Better to be paralyzed from the neck down than the neck up." (Charles Krauthammer is a quadriplegic, paralyzed in a diving accident.)

"The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences from social ostracism to vocational defenestration upon those who refuse to be silenced." (I think this is referring to post-modernism and the social justice warriors...such as the folks who went after liberal and progressive Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.)

"Loyalty to the President is great, but loyalty to truth, integrity, and country is even better." (I read that Charles Krauthammer refused to support Donald Trump's candidacy.)

"Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians."

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Rooster Jun 22
Virginia Rooster Jun 22

Thank you, Rooster...I am actually wishing I paid more attention to him earlier...fascinating mind, his insights.

TheOtherTink Jun 23

“I was a Great Society liberal.  I thought we ought to help the poor, we ought to give them all the money we can.  And then, the evidence started to pour in. The evidence of how these grand programs, the poverty programs, the welfare programs--everything was making things worse.

I didn't have a dog in that fight.  I was willing to go where the evidence led.  As a doctor, I'd been trained in empirical evidence.  If the treatment is killing your patients, you stop the treatment.”


“Faith is something that one has or doesn't have; one doesn't construct it. The one thing I do believe is that of all the possible views of God, atheism is the least plausible. The idea that there's no meaning or purpose or origin--that the Universe is as it always was, is to me entirely implausible for reasons of physics, apart from faith. Because if you reason back to first causes, and if you’re an atheist, you get to a logical contradiction.”


Nicely chosen, O'Tink...from reading these, I feel I know this fine human being a bit better.

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