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)

  • Mark

    Source?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n5oa55EsmI%26sns=em

    So, do you advocate technocracy?

    • Nate Frein

      Not seeing how he’s advocating technocracy here.

  • Heather

    I already told my grandmother (who likes Santorum because “he’s got a fine family of boys”) that if he gets in I’m definitely searching for a job outside the US. And I can kiss any idea of a PhD, at least from the US, goodbye. Good thing I already have a graduate assistantship and I should have my masters by August.

    • Heather

      I meant Romney, not Santorum. Oops.

  • Charles Raymond Miller

    We have the stupidest, most ignorant, and bigoted congress in memory. How did we get it? Everyone saw crazy on display during the 2010 campaign but too many smart people stayed home when the polls opened. When only 37% of the eligible voters turn out, this is what we get.

    Santorum’s remarks energizes his base, and those people always vote. Yes, they do hold up ignorance as a value, and they always vote. They are bigots, and they always vote. Have I made the point?

  • Otrame

    Charles is right. Even if you live in a state that is strongly in favor of the party you don’t like, you still need to vote. Why? Well, because they pay attention to numbers. If, for example, Republicans win 73% of the vote they will behave differently than if they win 51% of the vote.

    Every one who fails to vote gives aid and comfort to the side they don’t like.

    Besides, if you don’t vote you have no right to complain.

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com TerranRich

      So people under the age of 18 can’t complain? Kidding; I get what you’re saying, but I had to say it.

    • keddaw

      Really? Seems to me when Bush got 49% of the vote he seemed to rule as if he’d been given unanimous support for his ideology…

  • Loqi

    This is probably the most political way to say to your audience, “You’re dumb. Vote Republican!”

  • Carrie

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not a violent person. I am going to school for social work and I am a liberal. How funny, he makes me want to do things that would be best for me not to speak of. Education is the holy fucking grail in my opinion and an education in Psysics would in fact be stellar. I have a daughter who is 5 and she tells me all the time that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. One day we asked her if she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up just to test her. She looked at us (husband and I) and said with the most calm and cool confidence, “Probably”. She didn’t even bat an eye.

    This guy just makes me violent. He makes the anger sharks not just swim, but thrash. Deep breath Carrie…..WoooSaaaaahhhh….

  • John Horstman

    I suppose I’d find this more shocking if the Texas Republicans hadn’t already added a plank to their platform decrying critical thinking skills. The anti-intellectualism has been there for years, but recently, they’re not even trying to hide or encode it. And here I thought Idiocracy was using hyperbole for satire, not engaging in accurate predictions about our future.

    • drax

      I’ll have to re-check the Idiocracy timeline, but I think we might be (unfortunately) ahead of schedule.

  • Cafeeine

    Not to actually defend the institution, but Santorum doesn’t get to claim “church” either. There is a large number of churchgoers that would not vote for the craziness that is the current GOP. Heck, there is even a nutter contingent that won’t vote for a Mormon.


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