December 19, 2009

“The pen is mightier than the sword” – unless you’re protesting health care legislation


“Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.”

       Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
       British politician, author and playwright
       In his play Richelieu (1839)


“We cannot allow the pen to be mightier than the sword!”
       Steve Lonegan
       Senior Policy Director, “Americans for Prosperity”
       Speaking against the Democrats’ health care legislation at a Dec. 15, 2009 “Tea Party” protest


“And, that is why, today, I’ve written my speech with my sword, and...We can’t let the pen be mightier than the sword [!?!] — because that’s ONLY THE BASIS OF OUR CIVILIZATION!
       Jon Stewart
       Commenting on Lonegan’s quote
       On The Daily Show, Dec. 16, 2009


“The pun is mightier than the sword.”
       Language maven Richard Lederer
       In his book Get Thee to a Punnery (1988)

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