Partially inspired by Dahlia Lithwick’s “Turn Me Into A Wingnut” competition, and partially inspired by yesterday’s Frank Gaffney manufactured Lincoln quote, Balloon Juice is proud to present you with our own competition.
Take an actual famous or well-known quote from the past, and modify it slightly so that it either attacks liberals, shows gushing support for Bush and his policies, or both. Or make up a quote that sounds plausible, yet is completely fabricated. Some examples from the comments section yesterday:
1.) “Liberals are traitors that compromise the moral integrity of our Republic and deserve to be hanged; especially Hillary Clinton.”—Thomas Paine, Age of Reason, 1795
2.) “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be the fault of the Democrats for not supporting the troops.”—James Madison, 4th President of the United States
3.) “Those would not give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve to be shipped to Gitmo and waterboarded like the traitors they are.” – Benjamin Franklin, An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, 1759
The winner gets a free subscription to Balloon Juice. Have fun.
*** Update ***
Here is my entry:
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. Which is why you send them to Guantanamo, waterboard them, and keep them imprisoned indefinitely. – Winston Churchill