Perhaps young Americans, having in their formative years watched Bush’s epic post-9/11 vision breed lies, brutality, and state collapse, and America’s celebrated capitalist system descend into financial crisis, have gained their own appreciation of American fallibility. Let’s hope so…the best way to ensure that America remains an exceptional power—better than the predatory empires of the old world—is to remember that we are not inherently better at all.
For all South Korea’s pride in kimchi, its trade statistics reveal a different story: that South Korea is a net importer of its national dish.
— Lucy Williamson
Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.
The office of the presidency — the most powerful position in the world — brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. This is not one of them.
— President Barack Obama
In an off-year election, with Obamacare embarrassing Democrats, the best a Republican not identified with “extremism” could do was 50%. That ought to be a wake-up call.
Why would those who have made war on society or have been a burden to it be permitted to say what shall be done with their remains? Why should they not be compelled to be of some use after death, having failed to be of value to the world during life?
— Washington Post
editorial in 1877
If the shutdown had ended a week earlier, or the election had ended a week later, Cuccinelli would have won. This is a bad omen for Democrats in 2014.
— Brian Baker