Santorum: ZOMG, Mussolini!

Santorum: ZOMG, Mussolini! January 5, 2012

Rick Santorum continues the right’s mind boggling idiocy in comparing Obama, and all liberals for that matter, to fascist leaders. But instead of Hitler, he chooses Mussolini as the obvious comparison. And it’s all because of Medicaid and food stamps:

SANTORUM: [My grandfather] came after having fought in World War I because Mussolini has been in power now for three years and had has figured out that Fascism was something that would crush his spirit and his freedom….And we have two parties that are out talking about how they’re going to solve those problems. One wants to talk about raising taxes on people who have been successful and redistributing money, increasing dependency in this country, promoting more Medicaid and food stamps and all sorts of social welfare programs and passing Obamacare to provide even more government subsidies. More and more dependency, more and more government — exactly what my grandfather left in 1925.

Yes, Rick. Providing medical care and food for the poor is just like Italian fascism. They’re so similar that it’s impossible to tell the difference, really. Andrew Sullivan puts it well:

Yep: the man who would ban contraception, launch a war of aggression against Iran, constitutionally define gays as second class citizens, and launch a nationalist industrial strategy … sees his opponent as Mussolini.

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