Radical atheist Islamists are taking over; only babies can save Social Security; 'Big Abortion' is an actual thing -- what a week in politics for the saying of stupid things! Indeed, we know it can be hard to keep up with all the harmful, false, and (above all) cynical nonsense expressed in the public arena, so we've rounded up for your convenience some of the choicest quotes from the past few days. Note that four out of the five speakers are Republicans with presidential ambitions, so they have a strong incentive to bring the crazy at every opportunity. (Republican primary voters love the crazy.)
Quotes of the Week
The social security system in my opinion is a flawed design, period. But, having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends. ... The reason social security is in big trouble is we don't have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.
-- Former Pennsylvania senator and likely 2012 presidential candidate -- and hardcore conservative father of seven -- Rick Santorum, on a New Hampshire radio call-in show. [Salon]
I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.
-- Presidential hopeful and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking on Sunday at an evangelical church in Texas. [Politico]
Despite attempts by advocates for the abortion industry and ideologues on the left to portray efforts to defund Planned Parenthood as some kind of a war on women, the issue here is big business — and that business is abortion. This legislative battle over the Pence amendment is about Big Abortion versus American taxpayers and American women specifically. ... There is no doubt that Planned Parenthood's focus is on making Big Abortion even bigger.
-- Republican congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, in a speech on the House floor Wednesday. (Republicans want to cut off funding for the family planning services provider as part of a deal on the federal budget, ostensibly to save money but really to restrict abortion.) [Political Correction]
[M]y motivation for saying no I wouldn't [hire Muslims to my administration as president] was based upon the fact that they are trying to push Sharia law off on this country, and I'm simply not going to try and be politically correct in order to help facilitate that.
-- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Fox News. [Political Correction]
I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate -- maybe religion, maybe it says he's a Muslim, I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or, he may not have one.
-- Donald Trump, who's still playing it coy about his presidential ambitions, to an incredulous Bill O'Reilly. Trump has fully embraced the (much debunked) "birther" theory that Barack Obama is foreign born (and so ineligible to be president), and won't shut up about how suspicious it is that the president won't produce his birth certificate (you know, this birth certificate, the one he released to the media in 2008.)