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.
“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.