Rick Santorum goes for the spin world record.

Rick Santorum says stupid things a lot.  And now he’s scoffing that smart people don’t support him.  Most people would note that smart people are always disagreeing with them and take that as a red flag, but not Rick.  How on earth could you spin that as a positive?

Santorum gives it his all.

Wow.

We’ll never have the elite, smart people on our side.

The crowd, after being told the smart people are not in that room, cheered as if to say “Yeah!  Intelligence is a vice!  Ignorant people should get to make the laws!”  And then, those who could figure out how to clap did so.  Meanwhile people watching on TV boggled at how people could be so enthusiastic about being told they’re not smart before weeping at the realization that their vote counts just as much as the vote of anyone in that crowd.

Because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do.

As opposed to the dumb people having the power to make laws?

Call me crazy, but maybe the smart people are not on your side because the things you say and the things you suggest politically are not intelligent.  This is probably the result of you parading your lack of intellect around as a trophy, which the intellectuals likely also find disagreeable.  This might seem obvious to a normal person, but when you eschew intelligence to be part of the in-group…

So our colleges and universities, they’re not going to be on our side.

Santorum continued ” Education makes you less likely to align with our politics, so don’t send your kids to college.  In fact, take them out of public school immediately, lest the liberal teachers convince them that an advanced degree in something like physics would be a life success rather than a failure.  Then put them in the backyard with an American flag, a bible, and a couple guns.  That’s a perfectly dumb thing to do and it will keep your kids dumb enough to have a place in our party when they’re older.”

The basic premise of American values will always be sustained by two institutions…

Education not being one of them.

…the church…

What else can we graft from Santorum’s talk other than the church is populated with people who aren’t intelligent?

…and the family.

So after you’ve kept your kids uneducated, next make sure they reproduce.  Not only that, make sure they demand special rights over the out-group in the process.  By this time they should be so incapable of even the most remotely complex thoughts, which will make them immune to any arguments their opponents might make, regardless of how well-reasoned or how much those arguments are supported by evidence.

Rick, you don’t get to claim family.  You get to claim discrimination.  Lots of families exist that don’t get the same rights as you, not because they’re not families, but because of the culture of proud ignorance and pitiless discrimination created by people like you.  To call that kind of callousness “family” or even “love” is pretty damn cold.  Santorum’s idea of family would elevate one arbitrary formula for what constitutes a family over love in terms of relevance.  If anybody in this debate has a negative outlook on family, it’s you, Rick.

Santorum 2016: because fuck your education and fuck you, whether you’re on the opposite side or whether you’re one of the pig-ignorant followers who cheer when they’re insulted on this side.

(Via Pharyngula)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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