Monday, February 27, 2012

Rick Santorum: Education is Snobbery



Let's dissect this shall we?

First, how is it snobbery to want everyone to go to college? Let's be real. The best jobs require degrees. To get a degree, you have to graduate from college. Therefore, to get one of the best jobs, one must go to college (this is called the transitive property, which I learned in school). Education opens options, better informs you so you can make better decisions, and makes one aware of the wider world. That the President wants these things for people isn't snobby, it just means he wants as good a future for the next generation as possible.

Second, did Obama say that people who didn't go to university weren't good and decent? Did he say they weren't hard working? Of course not, even though that sure is what Santorum seems to be implying in his third sentence. Of course there are hard-working, good, decent people who didn't go to college. He also seems to imply in that particular statement that people who do go to university aren't good, decent, or hard-working. Again, he is wrong.

Third, here we go again with "indoctrination." Some people who go to university do so to become engineers, computer scientists, and other technical professionals. I'm not really sure what's liberal about the differential equations or fluid dynamics classes they have to take, or how that can indoctrinate someone. Then again, I don't have Rick Santorum's extremely narrow worldview. As far as remaking the next generation in Obama's image, I'm thinking that Santorum is giving Obama's goals a bit too much credit.

Fourth, it sounds like he's about to rile himself into having a heart attack. Why so angry Rick? You're at a 10, we need you to bring it down to a 2, 3 max. Calm down.

Obviously, the most disturbing part of the video would be the applause and hooting the statements received. It really doesn't say anything good about Santorum's followers (i.e. the GOP) that this man is their standard bearer. So much of what he says is sheerly inflammatory with nothing to back it up. This clip is one of those moments that should crystallize in everyone's mind what a Santorum presidency would look like. It would make George W. Bush's presidency look pretty damn good, which is a very poor indictment on Santorum.

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