Rick Santorum continued to profess his love of ignorance on the eve of last night's primaries. In a state where a majority of Republicans believe President Obama is a Muslim, the wanna-be Commander-in-Chief expressed the following:
"The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is."
Admittedly, I sometimes get tired of hearing about GOP politicians' overt hatred of our president, women, LGBT's, the poor, and so on. It's become so frequent among so many sick conservatives that at times it loses its shock value: "Ah yes, another racist slur from yet another state senator."
But then I'm reminded that citizenship--at least my view of it--requires active participation. It means holding public officials and politicians responsible for their words and actions. It means criticizing, with equal or greater force, those who criticize or shun the values we hold dear.
Rick Santorum is the antithesis of an enlightened individual. He lives in an Age of Willful Ignorance, in which conservatives spout their doctrine without any basis in truth or even common sense. They would rather punish the innocent from the opposing political party than the guilty of their own party. The prefer god--not "God," but merely their skewed view of a racist, sexist, war-mongering god who frowns upon "big government," ignores the poor, and praises capitalism--to science.
I honestly don't know whether Rick Santorum is a dumb man. He says dumb things, but so do most people. All I know is that, at the very least, Rick Santorum prefers willful ignorance over easily accessible facts. Reasonably knowledgeable 3rd graders understand the dangers of carbon dioxide. But too many conservatives these days choose to say things that, if said in a third grade class, would give them a failing grade and quick exit to the prinicipal's office.
To reform his misguided ways, perhaps that's what Rick Santorum needs: a lesson from an authority figure. It's too bad his "God" promotes such terrible things. Perhaps if he discovered my God, he would understand the error of his ways, and choose enlightenment over ignorance.