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Lauding the popular, collective thought of Right wing-nuttery that higher learning offers little more than Marxist-riddled facets of social engineering, Santorum willfully attempts to lower the importance of education by wrongfully defacing its value to the country.

(The following is a cross-post, published with permission from OneWhiteDuck.com)

In a plea to win over working-class Teabaggers this weekend, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) suggested that the opportunity for “everybody in America to go to college” is symbolic of President Obama’s anti-American elitism.

"€œNot all folks are gifted in the same way,"€ Santorum told a crowd of more than 1,000 Tea Party/GOP activists at a Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan (video below).

"Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts and ... want to work out there making things. President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob."€

And the crowd goes wild - as if on cue - to the Republican candidate who himself holds a B.A., M.B.A. and J.D. (more advanced degrees than that elitist “snob” Obama, who has a B.A. and a J.D.).

"There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren'€™t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them,"€ he continued. "€œOh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his."

You hear that, blue-collar America? Striving to see offer your children a better chance in life via higher education is just plain elitist, liberal thuggery masked as social progress from a man who deems himself as God’s own replacement.

Lauding the popular, collective thought of Right wing-nuttery that higher education offers little more than Marxist-riddled facets of social engineering, Santorum is willfully attempting to lower the importance of learning (as well as scoffing at the current President’s commitment to education) by defacing its value to the country. While touting empty, rhetorical memes like "€œfaith"€ and "€œfreedom"€, the Republican Senator falls in line with the rest of the GOP presidential wannabes as they downplay intelligence to win votes and slyly-yet-dishonestly empower the under-educated ranks of "€œreal America".

"€œEducation is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having." - Ronald Reagan
A better-educated population leads to a better, stronger, more secure and far more productive and self-sufficient national economy. Does any thinking person actually think that Obama intended - or rather intended to suggest - that every person should get a college degree? No, of course not. What he does believe, however, is that every person should have the opportunity to do so - a dastardly concept to the ears, eyes and lips of the radical Right.

Obama - who has long-staked his “vision” for American progress on quality education -  is a major proponent for both the accessibility and affordability of higher education. In direct contrast to Santorum’s assertions, Obama has worked to pass legislation encouraging trade schools and community colleges as low-cost alternatives to traditional four-year universities that allow for even working-class career paths to excel academically.

Does that sound un-American to you? If so, consider this: on Saturday, Talking Points Memo reported that in 2006, Santorum's campaign Web site stated "his commitment to making “higher education more accessible and affordable."

"In addition to Rick'€™s support of ensuring that primary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania are equipped for success, he is equally committed to ensuring the every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education,"€ the site reads. "Rick Santorum has supported legislative solutions that provide loans, grants, and tax incentives to make higher education more accessible and affordable."

Now that Santorum is steps closer to the official race to the White House - briefly hedging out front-runner Mitt Romney - his campaign is opting to take the “whatever Obama says let’s say the opposite” routine, that unfortunately further perpetuates the ongoing class-struggles that spurred the nation’s Occupy movement last year.

In a media-bite power-grab, Santorum is opting to exploit the very "€œclassism"€ that has been tearing the country apart for decades. Under his tutelage, the rich get educated and the poor stay ignorant. He plays to the common, fact-less fears that college educations are liberal breeding grounds of progressive "€œindoctrination"€ while he himself holds more college degrees than his sworn "€œliberal"€ enemy.

In a subsequent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos - in which the host himself excellently called the Republican Senator out on his nonsensical comments - Santorum furthered his attacks against education by insisting that "we have some real problems at our college campuses with political correctness, with an ideology that is forced upon people who, you know, who may not agree with the politically correct left doctrine."

In the interview, Santorum decries higher-education's influence on faith, claiming off-hand that "62 percent of kids who enter college with some sort of faith commitment leave without it."

For Santorum and the rest of the squabbling GOP, "left[ist] doctrines" that go against the Right’s antiquated sensibilities and collective ideology are a grave threat. To them, higher education on a national scale allows far too many people the ability to construct their own knowledge rather than simply being followers of one belief or another.

Where knowledge empowers questioning, ignorance emboldens apathy. Where truth supports reason, blind faith bends to authority.

The opportunity for education allows students to own their own destinies rather than have them dictated by an oppressive, ruling class. Santorum and the nation’s Right wing authorities cannot contend with a nation of free thinkers, rather they would prefer to brainwash us into a society of true believers.

- Joe Ascanio, www.OneWhiteDuck.com

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Comment Preferences

  •  Rick Santorum has two degrees from Penn State and (0+ / 0-)

    one from Pitt.  Among other things, he's a hypocrite.

    Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

    by Greasy Grant on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:10:43 AM PST

    •  I know, education for me & mine but (0+ / 0-)

      none for you.  What really astounds me is that the media doesn't treat this nonsense w/ the scorn it deserves. 1st of all, in 2005 or 2006, he was proposing a college education for all Pennsylvanians! Secondly, what's wrong w/ aspiring to be greater than we were in the past?  If no public figure (Repub or not) speaks out against this, I don't want to hear the anxious hand-wringing the next time there's a study showing that some formerly 3rd world nation is kicking our collective bums in Math & Science. Do they not realize that this kind of pander has larger implications (inventions, REALjob creation, & maintaining our standing).

      Why can't he just contain "the crazy" until Michigan? He has no discipline.

      •  Governor Christie of N.J. was quoted (0+ / 0-)

        yesterday as critical of Santorum's comment.  I'm sensing a bit of 'good cop bad cop' going on; Rick will not be the nominee and he knows it, so he's free to get as extreme as he wants, so that the cooler heads in the GOP can posture themselves as the more reasonable alternatives.

        Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

        by Greasy Grant on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:26:29 PM PST

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  •  For the... (1+ / 0-)
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    Remembering Jello

    Last couple of years, I've been asking everybody, "when did we decide that a general knowledge base is unimportant?  I truly believe in trade schools and community colleges, but as a learning specialist, I am appalled at the lack of knowledge in most every area.  Particularly history, literature, philosophy, well, particularly everything is neglected by these schools.

    I remember the"AHA" moment distinctly when half way thru college, I realized that all fields of study lead to the same thing...understanding of humanity.  It cld well be the most important moment of my life.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:23:47 AM PST

  •  He's an asshole (1+ / 0-)
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    alguien

    And btw, when it comes to "college," I think it's clear that Obama is talking not just about traditional 4 year colleges and obtaining BA and BS degrees but includes community colleges, certificate programs, 2 year associates degrees, vocational schooling, and other types of post high school study in that category.  

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    by SoCalLiberal on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:49:16 AM PST

  •  so much stupid on disply with that man n/t (0+ / 0-)

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:54:43 AM PST

  •  Perfect message for his blinkered audience. (0+ / 0-)

    Anti-intellectualism for the masses, what an easy sell.

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