Despite being justifiably mocked for his simplistic demagoguery, Rick Santorum continues to push his anti-education position and claim that Obama is trying to indoctrinate people by making college more accessible for them. TPM interviews people at a Tea Party rally in Michigan where he spoke on the subject and finds them lapping it up:
So I set out into the crowded ballroom to find out just what the people the AFP crowd thought of Santorum’s attack line.
Turns out they quite liked it.
“I thought that was brilliant,” said Angie Clement of Commerce, Mich. “Not everybody has to go to college. We need garbagemen, we need welders, carpenters.”
“Everybody can’t be equal,” agreed Paul Murrow of Milford, MI seated nearby. “Somebody needs to do the manual labor.”
Clement’s husband, Stephen, said Santorum was right on the mark when he said that Obama wants to send kids to get college degrees so as to produce more liberals.“It starts down at the elementary school level with all this bullshit about diversity, pardon my French,” he said. “Diversity and sensitivity and all that crap. That’s the stuff that needs to be taught at home not by my teachers. My teachers need to be academic: Math, science, history, social studies, that sort of thing and keep political opinions out of it, bottom line.”
Look, I don’t have a college degree (I dropped out to become a stand up comedian). I absolutely agree that one doesn’t have to go to college to be successful. And I absolutely agree that not everyone has to or should go to college at all. Yes, society needs people who do manual labor. If society was made up entirely of people like me, we’d be in big trouble; nothing would get built or produced, to be sure. But you can make that argument without all this anti-intellectual nonsense and without these ridiculous claims of brainwashing students. And that’s the root of all this bullshit.