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    One can shape history as much through the facts one omits as through the facts one includes.
    — David Frum
    tags: facts 
     
    The five million people who watch cable news are the political nation, the people who really care.
    — David Frum
    tags: people  care  political 
     
    My mother cared more about how you reasoned than about the conclusions you reached.
    — David Frum
    tags: mother 
     
    Modern authoritarianism, as it's growing inside Europe and now coming to the United States, rests much more on the use of power to protect the guilty than to persecute the innocent. And its motive is not crazy totalitarian utopianism, it's motive is repressive kleptocracy. To steal and to use the powers of the state to protect theft.
    — David Frum
    tags: power  crazy 
     
    To balance China, the democracies will need new friends - and India with its fast-growing economy, youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate.
    — David Frum
    America under 30 is a more non-whites place than America over 60. And we know that non-whites and whites vote differently.
    — David Frum
    tags: america 
     
    In journalism I can only tell what happened. In fiction, I can show it.
    — David Frum
    tags: fiction 
     
    Trump is not just unlike a Republican, he's unlike a presidential candidate. The whole elaborate presidential process is designed to screen out people like Donald Trump. And that process broke down in ways quite unlike anything in the recent experience of the United States.
    — David Frum
    Nobody ever won an election by spitting at his political opponents.
    — David Frum
    tags: political 
     
    Journalism can go right up to the door of the room in which the decisions are made. A novel can go inside the room - and inside the character's heads.
    — David Frum
    We've all been wrong- I certainly have- and we should thank those who set us right. Not always fun, but always best in the end.
    — David Frum
    tags: right  fun 
     
    We all have more at stake in the rules of the game than we do in the outcomes of the game. When that changes, that's when you begin to lose democracy.
    — David Frum
    tags: rules  democracy  games 
     
    Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.
    — David Frum
    tags: america 
     
    If we say something often enough, we come to believe it. We don't usually delude others until after we have first deluded ourselves.
    — David Frum
    tags: believe 
     
    The Canadian middle class is under less pressure than any other middle class in any developed country on the planet. So they feel good. They feel optimistic. They feel secure.
    — David Frum
    Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox
    — David Frum
    tags: work  thoughts 
     
    But the thought leaders on talk radio and Fox do more than shape opinion. Backed by their own wing of the book-publishing industry and supported by think tanks that increasingly function as public-relations agencies, conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics.
    — David Frum
    Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.
    — David Frum
    The system we have is one that protects my rights under a president I don`t approve. That tomorrow we`ll do the same for you. And what people have in common is their commitment to those shared rules. And if you have someone who was a challenger to the shared rules, that`s unacceptable. And we`ve never seen that before. Not in a long, long time but we see it now.
    — David Frum
    Those who seem to despise half of America will never be trusted to govern any of it. Those who cherish only the country's past will not be entrusted with its future.
    — David Frum
    tags: future  past  america 
     
    Why be thrifty when your old age and health care are provided for, no matter how profligate you act in your youth? Why be prudent when the state insures your bank deposits, replaces your flooded-out house, buys all the wheat you can grow? ... Why be diligent when half of your earnings are taken from you and given to the idle?
    — David Frum
    tags: health  age  care 
     
    You've worked hard all your life. You've paid Medicare taxes for almost 30 years. But under the Republican plan, Medicare won't be there for you. Instead of Medicare as it exists now, under the Republican plan you'll get a voucher that will pay as little as half your Medicare costs when you turn 65-and as little as a quarter in your 80s. And all so that millionaires and billionaires can have a huge tax cut.
    — David Frum
    tags: millionaire  tax  year 
     
    People who want to wage cultural wars ought to keep in mind that cultural views often don't move at all for a very long time, but when they move they can move very fast.
    — David Frum
    tags: time  people  war  mind 
     
    What I say is I am somebody who cares about conservative ideas. I want to see them implemented in governance.
    — David Frum
    tags: care  ideas  conservative 
     
    Crown Prince Rupprecht, the heir to the throne of Bavaria who commanded the army group facing the British at the Somme, was the senior direct lineal heir of James Stuart, the Old Pretender of 1715. Had there been any Jacobites left in Britain in 1916, they would have had to regard this south German prince as their rightful king.
    — David Frum
    Think tanks do have points of view, and they are absolutely entitled to defend them.
    — David Frum
    There is no right to work in a think tank, and these are very privileged positions.
    — David Frum
    tags: work  right 
     
    Donald Trump is not supposed to save jobs one by one. He's supposed to build a sound macro economy in which private enterprises create jobs.
    — David Frum
    tags: job 
     
    Republicans have to move to a point of greater unity.
    — David Frum
    Maybe it's true that people with less extreme views who are also interested in public affairs have been driven out by a marketplace that doesn't offer them anything of the tone they want to listen to.
    — David Frum
    tags: people  true  extreme 
     
    My view on candidates on money is unless it's proven that the donor stole the money, the campaign keeps the money.
    — David Frum
    tags: money 
     
    Venezuela has gone from being a democratic country 15 years ago to being totally not a democracy today. Usually that de-democratization doesn't take the form of a heavy handed police state.
    — David Frum
    tags: gone  democracy  year 
     
    If you go on TV and say there's no other country in the world where you can be born poor and become rich, you get a huge megaphone. If you tell the truth, which is that most of the studies show actually the United States is worse than anybody except Britain in upward mobility, there is no audience for you.
    — David Frum
    tags: truth  world  poor 
     
    People need to understand that in Washington, the process is the punishment.
    — David Frum
    Yet when the hour of decision arrives, it turns out that many conservatives care as little as ever about administrative skill and executive accomplishment. Our party and our movement overwhelmingly respond to symbolic cues. Sarah Palin is exciting and appealing. But what kind of executive is she? None of us have even the remotest idea.
    — David Frum
    One of the questions I often get asked is, "Were you surprised that Trump won?" I always answer the same way: "I was surprised, I am surprised and I will never stop being surprised."
    — David Frum
    tags: questions 
     
    Events don't happen because I write a speech. I am allowed to write a speech because events are going to happen.
    — David Frum
    tags: speech  write 
     
    As thrilling as it was, speechwriting is ultimately frustrating for someone who wants to be a writer.
    — David Frum
    A novel makes it possible to understand not just events, but the people who control the events; not only their choices, but also their motives.
    — David Frum
    tags: people  choice  control  novel 
     
    In America, you will see in area after area, media under pressure, businesses under pressure not to criticize Donald Trump lest he reduce their stock value with an angry tweet.
    — David Frum
    tags: value  media  america  business  stock 
     
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