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A compilation of quotations on a variety of issues by national, state and regional writers, well-known personalities, just plain everyday people and from various publications collected by the editors of THE ADVANCE.

Quotes for our Times:

“You said you are an originalist, is that true?' [Sen. Lindsey] Graham said. 'What does that mean in English?'

Barrett was happy to oblige.

“In English. Okay, so in English that means that I interpret the Constitution as a law,' Barrett answered. 'That I interpret its text as text. And I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it. So that meaning doesn’t change over time and it’s not up to me to update it or infuse my own policy views into it.”

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, during Comfirmation Hearing Monica Showalter, writer for American Thinker: Obamacare's costs soar so high Americans now delaying medical treatment -study.

As it's a system whose costs never go down and instead every year go up, it's ultimately unsustainable as millions of people have no choice but to drop out. Every delayed treatment means less treatment, less health care, less health and more deaths, all done in the name of preserving Obamacare and President Obama's signature legacy. It's now a joke, yet Democrats call for its preserving at any cost now.

Fact is, Obamacare's deductibles are killing people. Any judge who'd get rid of that is owed a nation's full gratitude.

Ben Shapiro, political commentator: Why Democrats hate Amy Coney Barrett.

Republican appointees, in other words, are politically heterodox significantly more often than Democratic appointees. That's because, on a fundamental level, they take their job — and the constitutional separation of powers — seriously.

Democrats do not. … They want the court to act as an oligarchy.

And they are angry that Barrett's nomination has moved the court away from that progressive, oligarchic rule. That's why they're threatening to pack the court — because they wish to restore that oligarchy to power. And that's just another reason why, for all the talk about Donald Trump's threats to core American institutions, he can't hold a candle to even mainstream Democratic willingness to trash checks and balances on behalf of power.

Katie Kieffer, author, columnist, commentator and entrepreneur: Barrett and Ginsburg shine, Harris pretty dim.

Kamala Harris may inspire because she is a female vice presidential candidate, but her accomplishments while serving as a “public servant” are not inspiring. Further, she is not someone whose integrity, character, choices or courage may be emulated. Ideally, the first female president should be a strong role model because little girls deserve to look up to the best in order that they, too, may strive to be their personal best.

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