Wingnut: Obama Worse Than Nazis, Commies and Terrorists Combined

I’ve long said that, as bad as some of our legislators are in Washington, it’s the state legislatures where you find the most ridiculous ones (Sally Kern, Warren Chisum, Chris Buttars, Gerald Allen, etc). Here’s a perfect example, NC Sen. Bob Rucho (and I should hardly have to mention that he’s a Republican) on Twitter:

Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.

When called out for that steaming pile of stupid, Rucho replied:

“Those that tweeted, put your thinking caps back on: ‘The PEN is mightier than the SWORD.’ Edward Bulwar-Lytton,1839. But surely you knew that.”

His response could hardly be more inane. First of all, it’s little more than a popular platitude (the repetition of which is, I suspect, the closest he can manage to come to actually thinking). And even if it were true, it certainly isn’t true all the time. The pen certainly isn’t mightier than the sword if you’re in a sword fight. But more importantly, it does not even attempt to defend the substance of his claim. Even if the pen is mightier than the sword, that does nothing to defend the claim that some particular use of a pen caused terrible things to happen. His argument would apply just as well to someone signing a credit card receipt. That an elected official can say something this mind-numbingly idiotic and retain their office speaks volumes about the state of our democracy.

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  • zippythepinhead

    He’s the worst since Louis the First!

  • colnago80

    Oh, let’s not leave out Virginia’s own Bob Marshall, a whackjob’s whackjob.

  • Michael Heath

    Bob Ruch tweets:

    ‘The PEN is mightier than the SWORD.’ Edward Bulwar-Lytton,1839.

    Ed responds:

    His response could hardly be more inane. First of all, it’s little more than a popular platitude (the repetition of which is, I suspect, the closest he can manage to come to actually thinking). And even if it were true, it certainly isn’t true all the time.

    Your logic fails when the subject is an uppity black man who can also write and lead.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.

    Then the swords combined in to what?

     

    But more importantly, it does not even attempt to defend the substance of his claim.

    1. Obama bad.

    2. Obama did something.

    3. Roberts supported it.

    What more substance do you need?

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    But remember “THE PENIS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD”

  • roggg

    Woosh…right over all of your heads. Nazis, soviets and terrorists rarely use swords, so it’s trivially true. He’s a way too advanced thinker for you guys.

  • Moggie

    To be fair, neither the Nazis nor the Soviets were noted for the quality of their swords.

    My family did have a rather nice SS ceremonial dagger, liberated from somewhere in WW2 (until it was re-liberated by a light-fingered family member in need of quick cash). But it was more suited to opening envelopes than damaging the USA.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    richardelguru @ 5

    Gussy it up however ya want, Trebek, what matters is, does it work? Will it really mighty my penis, man?

  • savagemutt

    Then the swords combined in to what?

    Duh, the “NaziTerroSword 2000”.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.

    But how does he compare to the President who dispossessed property owners in almost half of the country, stripping them of what their ancestors had spent generations acquiring?

  • lordshipmayhem

    I note that Canada has at the moment a stronger economy than the Red states… and that Canada has a single-payer health care system.

    What was this about the ACA being so terrible?

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Hitler may have started WW II and ordered millions of people to be gassed, but at least he didn’t try to make health coverage more affordable!

    At what point will even wingnuts decide that their hyperbolic rhetoric has gone over the top?

  • scienceavenger

    Someone has to say it:

    WWII: Nazis kill ~400,000 Americans

    Korean War: Soviet-backed north kills ~36,000 Americans

    Vietnam War: Soviet-backed north kills ~60,000 Americans

    9/11: Terrorists kill ~3,000 Americans

    Iraq/Afghanistan: Terrorists kill ~4,000 Americans

    Obamacare has killed zero Americans.

    That’s ~500,000 to zero. Fuck off NC Sen. Bob Rucho, you pathetic ignoramus.

  • Chiroptera

    “I’ll take ‘The Penis Mightier’ for $200, Alex.”

  • caseloweraz

    Fear the swords of the Soviets! Tremble before the muskets of the Muscovites! Cower in the face of the nun-chuks of the Nazis!

    But if you must challenge them, quote lines from the pen of Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Because the pen is mightier than the sword, or the musket, or the lance of a dark and stormy knight. (Bulwer-Lytton never knew about nun-chuks.)

    And while you’re quoting, pull out your revolver and fire. But save one bullet to shoot at the sand under Bob Rucho’s feet. Don’t say “Dance!” — say “Think!”

  • Donnie

    The Pen is mightier than the sword? Then, we can implement strong gun control legislation and provide free pens to all the gun owners who had their guns confiscated?. Or, is the pen not mightier than the gun? Anyways, sounds like a good reason to invest in education and get ride of the race to the top, and other programs by actually funding public schools.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    It often seems the most powerful force in the Universe is stupidity when you see stuff like that.

  • caseloweraz

    Modusoperandi: Then the swords combined into what?

    My guess would be the gae bulga that Cú Chulain wielded to such devastating effect.

  • magistramarla

    “The pen certainly isn’t mightier than the sword if you’re in a sword fight.”

    Me, I would want the pen that Percy Jackson carries. It turns into a very powerful sword.

  • Doug Little

    “The PEN is mightier than the SWORD”

    Quote from Tom Araya of Slayer at a concert I just went to.

    “Some say the pen is mightier than the sword, but I say FUCK THE PEN! Because you can DIE BY THE SWORD!”

    But whatever floats your boat.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    @ 4 modus

    “Then the swords combined in to what?”

    To the triple sword from “The Sword and the Sorcerer.”

  • jameshanley

    @Doug Little,

    If Araya doesn’t know how to kill a person with a pen then he hasn’t spent much time on the internet, has he?

  • Friendly

    Maybe the swords combine into Voltron. If they do, just don’t let Rucho form the head.

  • dugglebogey

    Isn’t that “Pen is mightier than the sword” from Shakespeare? That socialist pit? Oh wait, I think it was still a monarchy then…shit.

  • jakc

    @dugglebogey

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton usually gets credit for this, and of course the immortal “It was a dark and stormy night ….”