Lately, there has been much discussion of “crazy” right-wingers. From teaparties to townhalls, conservatives have been accused of sounding like deranged mental patients. So, as I was looking through some of my older posts, I had an idea for a fun game. I collected some of my favorite quotes from prominent liberals in public office. I omitted any remarks made by President Obama or Joe Biden (too easy) and, to be fair, I also left out all Van Jones quotes (since he’s currently retired). Simply match the quote with the speaker. After you take the test, you can scroll to the bottom and see how you scored.
Now get ready to play Name..That…Lunatic!
- “If rats are able to suffer, then their interests are relevant to the question of how, and even whether, they can be expelled from houses.”- (a.) Chuck E. Cheese (b.) Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein (c.) No one would really say that
- “In today’s world, however, the number of children in a family is a matter of profound public concern. The law regulates other highly personal matters. For example, no one may lawfully have more than one spouse at a time. Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?”- (a.) Paul Ehrlich (founder of Zero Population Growth) (b.) Science Czar John Holdren (c.) No one would really say that
- “And guess what this liberal will be all about? This liberal will be about socializing…uh,um..” She searches for a less alarming phrase and continues, “Would be about…, basically…, taking over,…and the government running all of your companies.” (a.) Eva Perón (b.) Rep. Maxine Waters (c.) No one would really say that
- “In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution- a democratic revolution – to put in place. Saying that we’re going to have impact on the people of Venezuela. The property owners and the folks who were then controlling the media rebelled- work frankly with folks here in the U.S. government – worked to oust him and came back, had another revolution. And Chavez then started to take the media very seriously in this country.”- (a.) Hugo Chavez (b.) FCC Diversity Chief Mark Lloyd (c.) No one could really ramble that incoherently and paint Chavez as a victim
- “Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”- (a.) Ma Ying-jeou (president of China) (b.) John Holdren, again (c.) No one would really say that
- “And I want you to know, now, you can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met. And you know, the Cuban revolution that kicked out the wealthy, Che Guevara did that, and then, after they took over, they went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new nation, and they found…well, just leave it there (laughs), an attorney by the name of Fidel Castro…” (a.) Raúl Castro (b. ) Senator Diane Watson (c.) No one would really say that
- “The statute provides these guideposts, but the statute ultimately says that I have the discretion to decide what it is that these people should make and that my determination will be final. … Anything is possible under the law.”- (a.)Fidel Castro (b.) Special Master on Executive Pay Kenneth Feinberg (c.) No one would really say that
- Speaking about Fidel Castro- “I think that what really surprised me, but also endeared me to him, was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities,”- (a.) Castro’s wife Dalia (b.)Rep. Bobby Rush (c.)No one would really say that
- “Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”- (a.) Dr. Jack Kevorkian (b.) Health Care Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel (c.) No one would really say that
- “Fidel is for me, today, the best disciple of Jesus”- (a.) The Glorious Free Press of Cuba (b.) President of the UN General Assembly Miguel D’Escoto (c.) No one would really say that
- “Animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives…”- (a.) Dr. Doolitle (b.) Cass Sunstein, again (c.) No one would really say that
a’s = 1 b’s = 2 c’s = 0
0-5 points – You still believe in Santa Clause and you think John Stewart is a trusted journalist.
5-10 points – You still believe Obama isn’t going to raise taxes because the ladies of “the View” told you so.
10-15 points – You watch the news more than the first two groups. Unfortunately, it’s ABC News.
15-20 points – You are on the right path. However, you still have too much faith in the wisdom of our leaders.
20-22 points – Congratulations, you know exactly what type of people are running the show! Unfortunately, most of your friends and co-workers think you’re insane. Sorry, but there is no going back to blissful ignorance for you.