We’re not sure if this is the same graphic being reported, but it must be close.

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar not only implicitly compared President Obama to Adolph Hitler by posting a graphic on her Facebook page, she doesn’t even verify the authenticity of the quote.  A common mistake amongst those who share content on Facebook – or the Internet for that matter.

The quote in question ascribed to Hitler has long been used in gun rights circles to satisfy Godwin’s Law when entering in debate with gun control advocates.  It was repurposed on a graphic that Debe apparently posted and shared with her friends:

Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ — Adolf Hitler.

Despite her denials, posting an image after Obama’s speech about the Sandy Hook massacre really can only be construed in one way.  The right was upset that Obama was calling for action on gun control.  The only plausible explanation is Terhar was drawing a comparison between the two men.

This is not the first time that Debe Terhar has tried to rewrite history.

Not only is she now trying to say she didn’t allude to comparisons between Obama and Hitler, she apparently didn’t take time to even make a cursory attempt to see if anything like this was actually said.  It wasn’t.

Let’s remember who we’re talking about here.  STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT.

The takeaway here is this is the direct result of failed leadership and the appointment of extremists by Governor John Kasich.  It was Kasich who made a play to take control of Ohio’s Board of Education and install Tea Party activist and charter school advocate Debe Terhar.  Debe and Kasich then teamed up to force out State Superintendent of Education Deborah Delisle and install Stan Heffner.

All of this, mind you, was done even AFTER Plunderbund exposed Heffner’s serious conflict of interest issues.  Issues that would later cause their hand picked Superintendent to resign from the post.

You do indeed reap what you sow and John Kasich has sown everything from the questionable, the unqualified, to the outright extremists in his appointments.

His PUCO chief is a climate change denier

He appoints unqualified right-to-life activists to the State Medical Board

His head of corrections worked for a private prison company

Kasich’s Ohio Department of Natural Resources run by former lobbyist and VP for American Electric Power

Kasich’s EPA Chief is a former environmental manager for Perdue mega-farmer in Indiana

You lay down with extremists, you get up with Hitler.

[Update:  Before it’s mentioned by Kasich apologists.  Yes, I realize that Kasich did not technically appoint Terhar.  One could argue, however, given the evidence that she was his choice for the seat and pressure was placed on the board to vote in favor of her.  A more appropriate word might then be “installed”?]

  • Then there is the easily-determined fact that the Hitler quote is in itself an invention of the right/tea party.

  • rhetorical

    But is it enough to remove Terhar from the position? It SHOULD be, but how?

  • DublinIrishBob

    To paraphrase The Simpson’s point about Fox News: She is not a fascist, but popular with facists.

  • kmo

    In checking on Debe Terhar’s website, it stated that she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Would someone please call Donald Trump so he can get started on a background investigation?

  • Ashamed citizen

    What the H is wrong with you?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To even post a photo of this horrible person is just wrong – no matter what message you are trying to send. I’m sure victims and family members of victims won’t EVER forget!

  • Retrofuturistic

    Ms. Terhar’s willingness to access intellectually dubious websites and then quote from those websites, her ignorance about the definition of fascism and who is really exhibiting it (the Tea Party), and the fact that she’s willing to quote a website that posts incendiary and threatening statements (“Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when we need him?”) should certainly disqualify her from anything that has to do with “education”. And all of the above should certainly reflect very badly on the person (Kasich) who installed her in this position.

  • The cruel irony in John Kasich’s actions, as well as in his political appointments, continues to resound like a verse in that Alanis Morissette song. Don’tcha think?

  • Dave

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat the same past falures.Hitler is one person you do not want forgotten, ever. Ask the jewish people, whose guns were first registered and then confiscated. If comparisons of similiar actions are not wanted then stop taking similiar actions!

  • dmoore2222

    This is a disgrace. How anyone in her position could ever think that this kind of behavior is acceptable is mindnumbing. One of the major responsibilities of the State Board of Education is to sanction Ohio educators for misconduct. How can they have a shred of credibility when their own president engages in reprehensible conduct like this. But then again, she and the Board went ahead and hired Stan Heffner after they knew he had comitted unethical acts.

  • dmoore2222

    I believe the Board itself could vote to remove her.

  • My favorite part about all this is that the Hitler quote is completely fabricated and has been debunked repeatedly. You find it on pro gun sites and pretty much no where else.

  • God Help Us!!

  • Did Hitler disarm his citizense? Yes. Is Oblamer trying to disarm. his citizense? Yes. Did hitler surround himself with children while doing so? Yes. Is oblamer surrounding himself with children while trying to do the same? YES! Kasich has created jobs in Ohio inspite of oblamers blatent attempt to kill jobs. It is a major misconception that the democratic party is for the lower class, they want everyone to be lower class and depend on them. The reason they do not say the pledge of allegence in school anymore has nothing to do with God, it has to do with the fact that our country is a REPUBLIC not a democracy.

  • Matt, you need to do some fact checking. Public schools still DO say the Pledge of Allegiance (please correct your spelling and capitalization of something you claim to revere so much).

  • BigFlamingLib

    Who would’ve thought… it figures 😉

  • If you are going to use that argument of President Obama surrounding himself with kids bear in mind President Bush did the same thing as well where he killed the bill on stem cell research for medical purposes. So would that make President Bush a hitler type as well?

  • Hannah

    Sorry but Debe posted it on FB not a school or work related forum. She is allowed to have a personal opinion. Newsflash, Obama did try and use Sandy Hook to further his political agenda. I have heard so much hatred towards white people and people who support the second amendment. A lot of times it is from the very people who claim Hitler was a monster but yet they display the same biased behavior. She should not be targeted for her personal opinion. The people behind destroying Debe are communist bullies.

  • Hannah


  • Hannah

    Debe has a right to her opinion. I hate all the scum in Hollywood who put utter trash into soceity but they are protected by the first amendment so why isn’t this woman? God forbid someone outside the protected class speak their mind.

  • Hannah

    The people who have attacked Debe are bullies and shame on all who support bullies who take away others constitutional right of free speech .

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