Dumbass Quote of the Day


This dumbass quote of the day comes from the dumbass currently running the state of Texas, which has a habit of electing dumbasses to office. During a campaign stop with Republican senate candidate Steve Lonergan, Rick Perry unleashed this bit of idiotic hyperbole:

In a campaign appearance Tuesday on behalf of New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the government’s implementation of the national health care reform law constituted “a criminal act.”

“If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price,” Perry said to a small crowd outside the Bendix Diner in this New York City suburb. “And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.”

Okay, Rick, let’s go back to civics 101. There is no such thing as a criminal act “from your perspective.” It’s either a criminal act — meaning it violates the law — or it’s not. Since the Affordable Care Act IS the law, passed by majorities of both houses of Congress, signed by the president and already upheld by the Supreme Court, implementing it can’t possibly be a criminal act. If you have trouble understanding what I’ve just written, try reading it very slowly and sounding out the words.

Comments

  1. Doug Little says

    Wendy Davis is going to run for Governor of Texas. I wish her all the very, very, very best.

  2. John Pieret says

    If you have trouble understanding what I’ve just written, try reading it very slowly and sounding out the words.

    Someone would have to translate it into Moron first.

  3. Sastra says

    Ok, now let’s hold on and wait up a bit. You’ve got a “Bizarre Wingnut Screed of the Day” AND a “Dumbass Quote of the Day?”

    And I suppose there’s going to be a “Witless Wonder of the Day” and a “Clumsy, Blundering Attempt at Thought of the Day” and a “Painful and Pointless Diatribe of the Day” too, huh? And then none of those awards will be special any more.

  4. says

    Perry’s right. You Leftwing Socialists are forcing the young to pay the terrible price of having reliable health insurance on their shoulders, rather than the Freedom of having it being cancelled by the insurance company when you’re diagnosed with breast cancer or the Liberty of never having coverage at all.

  5. says

    And what is that price exactly, Mr. Perry? Can you enumerate it (without taking your shoes off, of course)? Please detail the harm that is going to be done to these young people. Since I know that you regard us liberals as being terribly stupid and ignorant, we’d love to have you spell this out to convince us. I’ll be waiting…

  6. Olav says

    Ed:

    There is no such thing as a criminal act “from your perspective.” It’s either a criminal act — meaning it violates the law — or it’s not.

    I beg to differ. For instance, from my perspective it is a bloody crime that such malevolent and stupid individuals as Mr. Perry could hold such important positions in the world. But they do it, mostly, legally.

  7. Alverant says

    Perry thinks his opinion has more legal weight than the law itself. This is the same person who cut funding for the state’s fire departments during a drought then when running to the federal government for money when wild fires were threatening the state.

  8. abb3w says

    So, if Wendy Davis runs for Texas Governor in 2014, serves well in 2015, might she be a plausible VP candidate by 2016? (Hopefully, proving less a fiasco than Sarah Palin, in the event.)

    Tipping the Texas electoral votes into the D column would make for a bit of a challenge for the GOP.

  9. Michael Heath says

    Ed – do you think some acts authorized by President Obama that you (and I) are convinced are unconstitutional are impeachable even if the federal courts have ruled in favor of the president? I’m especially thinking of Obama’s relying on the so-called ‘state secrets privilege’.

    On that subject I’m on-board with you that his administration’s actions which the federal courts have allowed are unconstitutional, that both branches are wrong on the merits. However I don’t find Obama’s actions to be impeachable given federal court rulings. I don’t recall whether you agreed on the latter point are not.

  10. Synfandel says

    This is the same person who cut funding for the state’s fire departments during a drought then when running to the federal government for money when wild fires were threatening the state.

    To be fair, Governor Perry did replace those fire fighting resources with an official call for three days of prayer for an end to the drought. It didn’t work, of course, but he tried.

  11. Doug Little says

    Tipping the Texas electoral votes into the D column would make for a bit of a challenge for the GOP.

    That’s a massive turn around in electoral votes. One wonders what a path to victory would look like for the GOP without California and Texas. I have seen predictions that Texas could be a purple state by 2024 based on changes in demographics.

  12. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    To be fair, Governor Perry did replace those fire fighting resources with an official call for three days of prayer for an end to the drought. It didn’t work, of course, but he tried.

    It was the least he could do.

  13. Ichthyic says

    And then none of those awards will be special any more.

    depends on your definition of “special”.

    ;)

  14. colnago80 says

    Re abb3w @ #8

    I am afraid that Ms. Davis has very much an uphill climb ahead of her. She will probably be outspent at least 10 to 1. As a former Speaker of the California state house once said, money is the mother’s milk of politics.

  15. caseloweraz says

    Synfandel: To be fair, Governor Perry did replace those fire fighting resources with an official call for three days of prayer for an end to the drought. It didn’t work, of course, but he tried.

    Yes; he’s been trying throughout his term of office. Very trying.

  16. colnago80 says

    This guy Lonegan must be pretty desperate in inviting a clown like Perry up to campaign for him in New Jersey.

  17. says

    David Stockman apparently agrees with Perry, here:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/obamacare-worst-law-passed-four-decades-must-stopped-121701392.html?l=1

    Of course he does have a new book out which might be a reason for him to say stupidly sensational shit just to get his mug on the tube. I thought Stockman was a total fucking asshole for not taking responsibility for the shambles that “supply side” created, UNTIL he could make money writing a book about it. So, now, he’s got another book to sell. Fuck him.

  18. Doug Little says

    I am afraid that Ms. Davis has very much an uphill climb ahead of her

    Maybe her opponent will say something about “rape protection mode” of the female body. You would think that would be impossible after the last election but I wouldn’t put it past a republican engaging mouth before brain, they seem to do that a lot.

  19. says

    What is Rick even doing campaigning for someone in NJ? I though he was seceding? Is he even in this country legally? Someone check his visa status.

  20. imthegenieicandoanything says

    Perry is so dumb that a “successful day” at work for him is his having remembered to put on pants before leaving for the office. Or leaving it sober enough to be able to get his keys out of his pocket.

    In the world, so-called, of Texas Republicans, this does indeed push him to the top of the relative-IQ pile – Gohmert hasn’t worn pants for years.

  21. Rip Steakface says

    Here in WA, my mother and I were looking over our new health care exchange last night. We don’t currently have health insurance. The subsidies that the ACA is providing will allow us to get health insurance, and moreover, they actually allow real competition between insurance companies! You couldn’t ask for a better capitalist solution.

    If that is somehow socialism and “mortgaging our future,” then I don’t know what capitalism is.

  22. raven says

    I am afraid that Ms. Davis has very much an uphill climb ahead of her

    True.

    Obama got 40% of the vote in Texas. So one could expect Wendy Davis to get around there.

    OTOH, she isn’t black or Moslem.
    And Texas is a majority nonwhite and female state.
    And the GOP is currently looking like anti-American nihilists.

    It’s worth a try. The Democrats have to run someone, after all.

  23. Trebuchet says

    @22, Rip: Exactly. I just turned 65 and based on the contents of my mailbox for about the past year, insurance companies LOVE them some government health insurance. During the summer, just before I had to sign up, it was 3 or 4 a day. They’ve done really well with Medicare, which makes me wonder what the hell is the problem with program that’ll be potentially even more lucrative.

    @5:

    And what is that price exactly, Mr. Perry? Can you enumerate it (without taking your shoes off, of course)?

    It wouldn’t do him any good to take off his shoes, I don’t think he’s up to counting on both hands yet.

  24. cptdoom says

    That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.”

    But remember, waging an immoral, illegal and unnecessary war based on false intelligence is not a criminal act.

  25. Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :) says

    There is no such thing as a criminal act “from your perspective.” It’s either a criminal act — meaning it violates the law — or it’s not.

    Okay, this is just plain stupid. The use of “criminal” to mean not only actions that are actually illegal but actions that should be illegal and/or actions strongly suggesting the sort of character defects assumed to characterize those who commit actions that are illegal has an extensive history. >.>

  26. dan4 says

    @27: “Okay, this is just plain stupid.” You mean your post inventing two new “definitions” of the word “criminal.” I agree!

  27. felidae says

    Remember, these folks made it a felony to posses more than five dildoes in the state of Texas

  28. dan4 says

    @27 The Merriam Webster Dictionary: criminal. adj. 1: involving or being a crime. 2: relating to crime or its punishment. Nothing about “actions that should be illegal” or incoherent swill like “”actions suggest the sort of character defects assumed to characterize those who commit actions that are illegal has an extensive history (gibberish that suggests you drunk more than just the grammar).”

  29. gerryl says

    I heard on the radio that the Rs are already preparing to start running ads against Wendy Davis — a whole year before the election. We can just hope that they say something really, really stupid that will galvanize women (and people who love women) to rally around her.

  30. lofgren says

    I love ya, Ed, but one of your most annoying habits is to embrace overweening literalism when it suits you. “Criminal act” and its various related terms have enough history as words of general moral opprobrium that you should be aware of this use. Olav illustrates it perfectly in comment #6.

    In your own earlier post you accused God of being a “mass murderer.” Murder is the unlawful killing of another person. Since the number one law for the Hebrews was obedience to God, killing someone He orders killed cannot, by definition, be murder. Is that an obsessively nitpicky semantic argument to make? Yes. Does it miss the otherwise perfectly comprehensible point that author is making? Yes. Does it show total ignorance of basic linguistic and rhetorical devices such as hyperbole? Yes. And that’s exactly what you sound like when you label somebody “dumbass of the day” for using a word in a perfectly acceptable, not-even-slightly-esoteric fashion.

  31. says

    Wendy Davis fought on the side of women in the War of Vaginal Aggression. While her husband waited at home for dinner, Wendy Davis perverted Democracy, halting the Democratic system of government that the Founding Fathers and Jesus passed down to us by standing up and yammering on and on about things that shouldn’t be mentioned in mixed company (or ever!). Wendy Davis has not one but two X chromosomes. Typical Big Government Democrat! Wendy Davis: Bad for Texas. Bad for America. (This Ad paid for by Angry White Male Imbeciles for Governor)

  32. says

    People, please! What Perry actually said was “Obamacare is a crime, a felony, and…crime, felony…and…I forget the third thing. Oops.”
    I hope that clears up the semantics.

  33. petrefax says

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

  34. Michael Heath says

    lofgren writes:

    I love ya, Ed, but one of your most annoying habits is to embrace overweening literalism when it suits you. “Criminal act” and its various related terms have enough history as words of general moral opprobrium that you should be aware of this use. Olav illustrates it perfectly in comment #6.

    Context is critical where in some cases your point would be on target, but here I don’t think it is. Rick Perry is the governor of a state and therefore obligated to execute it’s laws faithfully. He needs to be held to a higher pedantic standard.

    Gov. Perry’s rhetoric here is every bit as ‘dumbass’ as his quip about lynching the Federal Reserve Chairman if he continued to promote policies that improved the labor market, for all the same reasons. That’s because the implications are that authorities have the power to carry out their brand of “justice” outside what’s proscribed by the law.

    However, I’m not necessarily on-board Ed has the moral authority to accuse Mr. Perry of making a dumb-ass argument. That’s if Ed also thinks it’s appropriate to impeach and remove President Obama from office for actions he finds unconstitutional where the federal courts have instead supported the president’s actions.

  35. anubisprime says

    I am surprised and worried about the present machinations of Rick ‘the froth’ Santypants!

    I have not come across any lunatic ravings taken as gospel for a while…!

    I get rather spooked when these wingnuts drop of the radar…means they is a plotting some inanity or other!

    The fuckers should be tagged with a bracelet, otherwise society has no way of keeping a check on them!

  36. says

    “The fuckers should be tagged with a bracelet, otherwise society has no way of keeping a check on them!”

    Baloney. Just follow their slime trail.

  37. uzza says

    The use of “criminal” to mean not only actions that are actually illegal but actions that should be illegal and/or actions strongly suggesting the sort of character defects assumed to characterize those who commit actions that are illegal

    has an extensive history. is an example of semantic widening, with a new usage being driven by authoritarians and their apologists to reflect a mindset that is becoming frighteningly common particularly in certain areas of government.
    FTFY

  38. Pierce R. Butler says

    … to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that.

    Says the eager advocate of the party responsible for the lion’s share of the federal deficit.

    Emergency shipment of replacement irony meters to New Jersey, stat!

  39. says

    Dough Little: “I have seen predictions that Texas could be a purple state by 2024 based on changes in demographics.”

    Why do you think they’re trying so desperately to keep the melanin-enriched from casting ballots?

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