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Stupidest Quotes of the Week – October 24, 2020

“He’ll listen to the scientists.  If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression instead – we’re like a rocket ship.  Take a look at the numbers.”

President Donald Trump, at a rally in Carson City, Nevada, on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pending response to the COVID-19 pandemic

“Who do these people think they are? Debate commission will mute the mics? Can you imagine if they’d-a told Abraham Lincoln we’re gonna mute the microphone if you don’t shut up, sir?

“Abe Lincoln would say, why do you think people are gonna be there? To watch you hit the mute button? Who do these people think they are?

“You know, if I didn’t know better, I would swear that the debate commission is trying to get Trump to pull out of this. I think they’re goading Trump. I think they’re trying to provoke him into pulling out of this thing by announcing they’re going to mute microphones.

“Look, I understand when these people — and these are tiny people compared to Donald Trump, folks. Whoever’s on this debate commission, they are tiny people. Now, they think that they are the country’s elite — and, hell, they may be.

“I mean, given the definition of elite and who these people that think they run the country are. But they are tiny people compared to the giant that is Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is a giant of achievement, a giant of personality, a giant of appetite, a giant of energy. There isn’t a single person in American politics that can hold a candle to Donald Trump.

“There’s not a person that can keep up with him energy-wise. There isn’t a person with his drive. There isn’t anybody close to his ambition at his age.

That’s who they are. So they come along and they threaten to mute his microphone. I don’t think these people want Biden taking a risk of looking like a deer in the headlights when confronted with his treason.

“The treason that involves these deals between his son Hunter and Hunter’s buddies and Biden’s family members that resulted in the massive enrichment of the Biden family.

“Donald Trump, however he has earned his money, he has not done it via corruption of the United States government. Donald Trump has not enriched himself by sticking his hand into the U.S. Treasury like all of these other government players do.”

Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, criticizing microphone muting rules for the October 22 presidential debate

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Medal of Honor

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It was on this day in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln approved legislation authorizing the preparation of 2,000 Medals of Honor to “be presented, in the name of the Congress, to such non-commissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities.”  The Medal of Honor had been initiated the previous year as an award given by the U.S. Navy.  Today it is the highest award given to U.S. military personnel in the line of duty.

Since then, more than 3,400 people have received this medal.  Some have been dubious, such as the soldiers who were awarded the medals for their actions in the tragic 1890 “Wounded Knee” massacre.  But, in the recent Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, the medals have taken on new significance and enhanced value.  Recipients almost have to die to get one.  These aren’t perfect attendance awards!  In an ideal world, no such awards would be given because war wouldn’t occur.  But alas, this isn’t a utopian universe.  Regardless this is my personal salute to all MOH recipients and all military personnel.

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Still Free

Henry Louis Stephens, untitled watercolor (c. 1863) of a man reading a newspaper with headline “Presidential Proclamation / Slavery.”

Henry Louis Stephens, untitled watercolor (c. 1863) of a man reading a newspaper with headline “Presidential Proclamation / Slavery.”

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln took a break from greeting guests as part of a New Year’s tradition, and slipped into his office to sign a controversial document that ultimately would become a cornerstone in America’s continuing battle for democracy: the Emancipation Proclamation.  In the midst of the bloody Civil War, where southern states fought hard to protect their right to enslave the Negro people, this lengthy item declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

It had its limitations.  It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, but it exempted border states and any part of the Confederacy that had fallen into northern control.  More importantly, it depended upon a Union victory.

The document didn’t actually end slavery in the United States.  No piece of paper – even one signed by the President – can obliterate decades or centuries of cultural tradition.  That only happens over time and through education.  People change and so do the societies in which they live.

But, on the sesquicentennial of this significant declaration, it’s equally critical to remember that human life is valuable.  It can’t be sold and it can’t be bought.  No country really needs a document telling them that.  But sometimes, people have to be reminded how important we all are.

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