A selection of quotations about issues in the news....
Johns Hopkins University professor Fouad Ajami: "(In Ronald Reagan) there was never narcissism or a bloated sense of personal destiny. He gloried in the country and its capacity for recovery....Mr. Obama will mark time, but henceforth he will not define the national agenda. He will not be the repository of its hopes and sentiments. The ambition that his would be a 'transformational' presidency...is for naught."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch parliament now in America, on the Amsterdam trial of Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders for campaign statements about Islam: "The implications of this trial are enormous. In the short term, it could bring the simmering tensions between Holland's approximately 1 million Muslims and 1.4 million voters who elected Mr. Wilders to a boil....On a more fundamental level, this trial -- even if Mr. Wilders wins -- could silence the brave critics of radical Islam. The West is in a war of ideas against political Islam. If free speech is not protected in Europe, we're already losing."
Filmmaker Michael Moore: "I am opposed to the building of the mosque two blocks from ground zero. I want it built on ground zero. Why? Because...I believe in an America that says to the world that...if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you."
Author and syndicated radio host Michael Medved: "The problem with Mr. Obama isn't that he functions far outside the Democratic mainstream. The real problem is that mainstream itself, a toxic stew of dysfunctional and discredited notions that have flopped reliably whenever they've been employed."
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher -- on women: "The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg."
Forbes magazine editor-in-chief Steve Forbes: "In 1992, per capita income in Albania was barely $200 a year; today it's over $3,500. How did Albania do it? By following free-market principles that the current White House and Congress are oblivious of. Three years ago, (the prime minister) pushed through a tiny 10 percent flat tax on both personal and business incomes. The payroll tax has been cut from 32 percent to 15 percent."
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