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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Republican Rhetoric - Where's the Compassion?

Via Bark Bark Woof Woof I came across these Salon exclusive excerpts of a new book that I shall hasten to buy or, at least, try to check out from the Library.

Here are some slections from Take Them at Their Words: Shocking, Amusing and Baffling Quotations From the GOP and Their Friends, 1994-2004:
"Ideally, it would have been nice to have a few phalanxes of policemen with machine guns and mow them down."-- Talk-radio host Bob Grant of New York's WABC, commenting on the Gay Pride Parade, Boston Globe, 4/29/95

"[Gun-control activist Sarah Brady, wife of former White House press secretary Jim Brady] ought to be put down. A humane shot at a veterinarian's would be an easy way to do it. I wish she would just keep wheeling her husband around, wiping the saliva off his mouth once in a while -- and leave the rest of us damn well alone."-- Talk-radio host Bob Mohan, New York Times, 1/1/95

"And finally, and most importantly, the next time we go to war, don't give a specific reason for the war that the left can seize upon and later flog us with it ad nauseam, just do it. Remember, the first rule of Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club."-- Dennis Miller, "Hannity & Colmes," Fox News, 6/27/03

"We're going to keep on building the party [the Texas GOP] until we're hunting Democrats with dogs."-- Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, Mother Jones, August 1995

"I don't understand how poor people think."-- George W. Bush, New York Times, 8/26/03

"You know if there was any piece of legislation I would pass it would be to blow up colleges of education. I know that's not politically correct ..."-- Reid Lyon, National Institute of Child Health and Development,, 11/19/02

"God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'"-- Ann Coulter, "Hannity & Colmes," Fox News, 6/20/01

"I thought [Jesus Christ] was a free enterpriser ... He was a carpenter's son and I thought he was doing well. He was able to change water into wine; now that to me is the classic definition of a guy in the entrepreneurial spirit."-- Gov. Tommy Thompson, R-Wis., responding to a reporter who asked him if Jesus was a socialist, Madison (Wis.) Capital Times, 7/10/96

And they want to say Liberal Rhetoric is hate-speech. Well, I'm speecheless...