Santorum Doesn’t Understand Evil

Rick Santorum spoke at the National Security Action Summit put on by uber-bigot Frank Gaffney in South Carolina this weekend and showed that, like virtually every other right winger I’ve ever met, he has no idea what the word “evil” means. He thinks it’s an actual thing that can take actions all on its own.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, accused President Obama on Saturday of ignoring evil.

In his speech to a conservative audience at the National Security Action Summit in South Carolina, Santorum blasted the Obama administration’s push to secure a deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

“I could spend an entire speech talking about how this president has ignored evil, has misinterpreted evil, has maybe even intentionally turned his back to evil and allowed it to prosper around the world,” Santorum said.

“Unfortunately, this president is doing everything that is necessary to create conditions for evil to expand and for war to break out,” Santorum said, pointing to Iran.

The word “evil” is an adjective that can be used to describe human actions, it’s not an entity that exists outside of being a descriptor. People can commit acts that can be described as evil, but “evil” itself does nothing. It’s an abstract, not a thing.

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  • birgerjohansson

    “it’s not an entity that exists outside of being a descriptor”

    Being evil incarnate, I would say this statement was true until 1961, when I was born.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Our esteemed host is getting more concise: this headline is only one word too long.

  • kantalope

    I was under the impression that these folks wanted a war with Iran; now they are acting like war would be a bad thing.

  • lldayo

    Rick Santorum spoke at NASA where all the smart people are?! Wait, let me check that acronym again…NSAS. Oh, sorry, looks like it’s the inverse. I’m not surprised anymore.

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

    He’s got a point. Obama attempting to prevent Iran from getting the Bomb is ignoring evil, and allowing evil to expand. What he should do threaten them with our Strong Defense and then attack them with Defense no matter what they do, which will both stop them from wanting the Bomb and stop them from getting it, somehow.

     

    I know it sounds mad to your drug-addled, hippy-peacenik, preemptive surrendering Liberal minds, but we know this works, on account of how few nuclear bombs Iraq has now.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Time to get with the New English™ – just as now every noun can be verbed, every adjective can be nouned.

    Soon the sequence will be unified, and Santorum will froth boldly of how Obama evilled today.

  • StevoR

    Santorum Doesn’t Understand Evil

    Or realise that’s what he is .. A stinking frothy mix of of it!

    Guess Old R(N)ick is too close to it, is it, to see it properly. (Ah t’th’ debil wi’ ‘im!)

  • StevoR

    Rick Santorum, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid,

    What’s it weight in at? Bantamweight? Feather weight? Or the weight of a lead balloon?

  • Akira MacKenzie

    The personification of “evil” has always been a not-to-suble way of blaming Satan for something without sounding like too much of superstitious rube.

  • dugglebogey

    He wants to say “satan” but it makes him sound like a nutball. So he hits ctrl-H and substitutes the word “evil.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is actually consistent with right-wing metaphysics, which has been very much on display since at least Reagan. “Evil” is a force that manifests in Bad People, and what Bad People [1] do is, therefore, evil and to be condemned.

    Similarly, whatever Good People [2] do [3] is, by definition, Good and praiseworthy.

    [1] Gays, “liberals,” “takers,” “Communists,” etc. who do despicable things like feeding the poor, making peace, etc.

    [2] Conservatives, True Christians®, etc. [3] who do God’s Work like selling drugs and selling arms to Iran to finance terrorism in Latin America. And, of course, torture — just to name a few.

    [3] Ollie North, to name one.

  • caseloweraz

    Ed: The word “evil” is an adjective that can be used to describe human actions, it’s not an entity that exists outside of being a descriptor.

    Yes it is! Yes it is! In my mind I see an enormous black ball, a seething mass of evil, swiftly coming closer. Help us, Leeloo! Save us!

    Wait, you mean that was only a movie?

    /sarc

    I wonder what movie is playing in Rick Santorum’s mind.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    Yes it is! Yes it is! In my mind I see an enormous black ball, a seething mass of evil, swiftly coming closer. Help us, Leeloo! Save us!

    Yes, an ultimate evil whose only power seems to be drizzling chocolate syrup on Gary Oldman’s head from light-years away.

  • Sastra

    It’s an abstract, not a thing.

    The religious have problems dealing with the concept of abstractions; they tend to turn them into something like Spiritual Essences. Not just Good and Evil, but Beauty and Love are treated as “things” or “powers” or “forces” with their own natures, separate from human beings but acting upon or through us.

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

    Akira MacKenzie “Yes, an ultimate evil whose only power seems to be drizzling chocolate syrup on Gary Oldman’s head from light-years away.”

    To be fair, ultimate evil did heat up the chocolate syrup first.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    “I could spend an entire speech talking about how this president has ignored evil, has misinterpreted evil, has maybe even intentionally turned his back to evil and allowed it to prosper around the world,” Santorum said.

    Bullshit. Obama hasn’t ignored the Republican party at all.

  • anubisprime

    It seems to be a term that the religious fundies use when ever someone or something upsets their world view.

    Their pastors, ministers, priests and other religious scam merchants liberally sprinkle their diatribes with it whenever possible, the sheep just adopt the term unthinkingly…like the delusion…and so it goes.

    It is like a perpetual engine machine…the more they use the term the more the cretins that want their votes use it the more they use it and so on a so forth.

    They rarely string coherency in argument in a cogent manner…it would be far to much to ask they use words properly to define the point they are wittering about.

    They are, after all, usually challenged in the cogitative department.

    It seems to have become a tick in English language like ‘OMG’ and ‘God only knows’ sort of uttered but not thought about, just the intent that matters.

  • Michael Heath

    Sastra writes:

    The religious have problems dealing with the concept of abstractions; they tend to turn them into something like Spiritual Essences. Not just Good and Evil, but Beauty and Love are treated as “things” or “powers” or “forces” with their own natures, separate from human beings but acting upon or through us.

    You seem to be implying that ‘God is Love’ is a lie!?!? But Marvin Gaye just told me this was true earlier today.

  • http://skepticalimerick.blogspot.com/ Rich Stage

    I think that ‘evil’ is another dog whistle word. When they say evil, they really mean Islam. President Obama has not done everything he can to stop the spread of Islam (whatever that means), therefore he is allowing evil to spread.

  • wreck

    @ caseloweraz #12

    “I wonder what movie is playing in Rick Santorum’s mind.”

    Reefer Madness?

  • lofgren

    People who use rhetorical devices are always stupid! Like this dumbass:

    For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.

    What a moron! Dude, do you even know how to adjective? Luckily every dictionary in the world will back up Ed’s hyper literal interpretation of the word “evil.” Like Webster’s:

    1 :the fact of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing

    2 :something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity

    Ah, shit.

  • theguy

    “create conditions for evil to expand”

    Explains why the fundies are getting even more rabid; conditions are allowing them to expand

    “and for war to break out”

    Obama’s trying to avoid a war with Iran; the 47 tea baggers in Congress seem to want one.

  • busterggi

    Iran must be stopped from developing its own nuclear capability. If the Iranians want nukes that badly they should steal the info & tech from the US just like our friends in Israel did.

  • naturalcynic

    Simple solution: use lower case for the adjective and a triple capital EEEvilll for that thing lurking out there.

  • raven

    As some have mention, Satanorum really wants to say demons and satan are expanding.

    He is vaguely aware that it makes him sound like a religious kook though. He isn’t aware that substituting evil for demons isn’t any better.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Right-wingers have a general problem in differentiating between the abstract and the concrete. In this particular case, I think it’s mostly a means of protecting themselves from wondering if maybe what they’re doing is wrong. If “evil” is a bad force like on Star Wars, then you know you’re among the righteousness.

  • felidae

    Icky sticky Ricky thinks evil is what other people do and when he does it, he calls it obeying the will of god, thus gay marriage is evil but opposing marriage equality is obeying the will of god

  • Scientismist

    I thought evil was a black smoking cinder, easily mistaken for an overdone Sunday roast. Don’t touch it!

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Scientismist : That Smoke Monster thingy from the TV series ‘Lost’? (What an anti-climax that was really.)

  • yoav

    The list of things his frothiness doesn’t understand is so long that for any practical application it can be considered to be infinite.

  • Scientismist

    StevoR @ 29: No, the leftover cinder at the end of “Time Bandits”. Call Sean Connery for cleanup.