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  1. Michaelandfred says

    “Sigh”…… Yes, you see all Santorum’s children have been home schooled, using that incredible text book, the bible. They are all prepared for an exciting, fulfilling life in the 13th century. Imagine, higher education where young minds learn science, math, history and rational thinking. Snobbery at it’s best. If ignorance was good enough for Santorum and his brood, it’s damn well good enough for the rest of the country.

    It’s become beyond embarrassing that we are all forced to watch and listen while this idiot runs for the presidency of the United States.

  2. Alex Parrish says

    Rick “Frothy-Mix” Santorum has a vision of an America filled with mindless god-spouting serfs. He has said that a large percentage of kids go into college with ‘faith’ and come-out without it and that this is somehow the fault of education. It never occurs to him that the cause of this is that the ‘faith’ that he shills has nothing to offer a person of thought and principle. What a dumbass.

  3. Bart says

    If there is such an entity as the anti-Christ, it’s Rick Santorum. He wants dominion over womens’ bodies, he wants gay men and women to disappear, he wants chidren under-educated so they can be turned into workers for the very “elite” he implores them not to become (educated and well paid.)

    This is about as close to evil (and antithetical to everything Jesus Christ stood for…) as it gets. The Catholic Church should be ashamed ot have this man as a member.

  4. Henry says

    Dear God when does the stupidity stop. I’m all the way over in the UK, and NO political party no matter how left or right wing would say that we shouldn’t aspire to a better life and education for our children. I’m in shock that this moron would say such a thing, and as @Dev says – people cheer it. Do people in the US actually want to stay stupid? I’m sure it’s a minority, but heavens, I’m shocked all the same.

  5. Rin says

    I’ve noticed that most of the folks spouting the dangers of college went to Ivy League schools and benefited from it greatly. Bill O’Reilly, for example, kept going until he had a Harvard degree.

  6. Robert says

    Keep it up, Rick! Guys, I know we’re scared of this man, but if he gets the nominee? He is going to get thoroughly trounced. Yes, he will have millions of flag-waving psychotic supporters…but he’s gonna lose. Big time.

  7. RichB in PS says

    More than I care to know if this is an example of a danger to a higher education but google search providede the following for response only – He obtained an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a law degree degree from the Dickinson School of Law.

  8. AggieCowboy says

    @Bart, the Catholic Church has always been about keeping the masses ignorant. Easier to control and oppress the uneducated with superstition when they don’t have the knowledge base to see through the lies. The Far Right Religious elite know that their base is the uneducated and that the only way to increase their base is to promote ignorance.

  9. Robert in NYC says

    All of the clowns posing as presidential contenders are insane, Santorum takes the first prize. Having a degree doesn’t prove anything. I’ve met ignorant, undeducated people with degrees. Why even George Bush graduated with an MBA from Harvard, and an average C student too. Look at the not so “brilliant” job he did for 8 years and nary a peep out of any of these morons.Then there’s the other clown Romney espousing failed Reagan trickle down voodoo economics that brought us to the worst recession since the 1929 crash. If you look at the history or recessions in the U.S., the majority have been brought about under republican administrations, a fact.

  10. princely54 says

    Let the moron keep talking. The more the US voters get a look at how/what this brick-headed man thinks, the less his chances of being President. (Notice I didn’t say the less his chances of being the nominee…)

    Someone who is so stuck in dogmatic thinking and can’t understand why people would run the other way based on his ‘thoughts’ is someone who will inevitably bury himself with his antics. To espouse this idea of ‘avoid higher education’ based on one losing religious principles says more about the people than the institution of education.

    Religion is primarily about faith and not logic or reason. Universities and colleges teach logic and reason as methods of discovery. If you’ve not sufficiently brainwashed your kid that God exists before they go off to college, that’s not the college’s problem. You need to teach your child the difference between a belief (faith) and a fact.

  11. Matt26 says

    @Dev, agree.
    One reason for economical problems in US is the factory work has moved to Asia and Africa. So people in US should get better and higher education to survive in this global market system. Go Santorum! Go home!

  12. andypharmer says

    I will be the first to admit that I am completely over-educated and that 99% of the things I learned are useless BUT still one of the most valuable things I have ever done in life. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea or necessary in many situations but this is just bananas.

  13. Hue-Man says

    Just the other day, I was thinking “America’s biggest problem is that its populace is far too educated”. (proof? YouTube and Darwin Awards) F.M. Santorum is looking to reduce income tax rates for the super-rich by eliminating the cost of all public education and by turning schools into catholic re-education centers.

    Here’s what Ayatollah Santorum has in store for his second term. “[Tyndale] was tried for heresy, choked, impaled and burnt on a stake in 1536.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale

  14. JONES says

    Where are the true respectable Republican leaders to call this idiot out on these rants?

    PS This assembly was in Troy, Mich … one of the wealthiest cities in the state and home of a recently exposed homophobic mayor Janice Daniels.

  15. TJ says

    YES! The question to ask, are HIS kids going to college? Of course, on second thought, they’d just go to an institution that makes faith and dogma the priority, not critical thinking.

    I do wish he’d shut up – for a little while at least, just long enough to get the nomination. Even if he never spouts this crap again, imagine the negative track ads dredging this back up. Loser!

  16. Paul R says

    And this from earlier today. I too would love if he won the nomination:

    >> “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum said. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”

    Clearly, a Constitutional scholar. Obama can basically sit around smoking until late October.

  17. Akula says

    Oh I totaly agree with ricky I have no medical experience at all and I bet that if I prey (lol) to gawd I can perform open heart surgery on ricky with no ill effects. I mean things like engineers, doctors, and scientists are way over rated, they could do better by praying and letting gawd do the math. I mean who wouldn’t like to drive over a bridge that gawd built by divine intervention.

  18. says

    as others have pointed out, Rick is actually 100% correct.
    higher education is dangerous….to the GOP.

    the more educated you are the less likely you are to vote Republican.

    this is why the GOP focuses on “social issues” like abortion and “the gays” – their base isnt’ smart enough to understand fiscal issues, despite the fact that they think they’re voting for “a fiscally responsible party”

    educated minds are all too aware of how fiscally messed up the GOP’s plans are.

  19. Randy says

    What he said is blasphemous. When the idiots start spewing all this crap it alwals brings me nack to a favorite saying of mine from the late gteat Bea Arthurm when she played Maude. “God will get you, Walter!” In this case this case, “God will get you, Rick!”

  20. Jonathan says

    Ignorance an d a lack of education are requirements for people stupid enough to be willing to vote for this assclown.

    Santorum is running to drag us back into the 14th century. A sizable percentage of Americans are stupid enough to cheer Santorum on. What a shame.

  21. Elliot says

    “Universal education is the most corroding and disintergrating poison that liberalism has ever invented”. from Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction: Hitler Speaks

  22. JohnAGJ says

    If he’s trying to say that we need to stop focusing on a cookie-cutter approach to higher education by encouraging vocational, skilled trades and other sources for job training besides just college for everyone, I might agree. Not everyone should go to college and can still live successful and happy lives without a degree. Yet Santorum goes so batsh*t crazy in his remarks, per his usual, that it’s difficult to make out exactly what he’s really saying.

  23. Redebbm says

    Santorum’s greatest ally, ignorance, and his greatest enemy, education. How else is he suppose to get away with his arcane social views and wanting to solidify them into law while catering the U.S. government to big business while screwing us.

    People don’t sit this election out!

  24. Mary says

    I’m beginning to think I should spend less time on Towleroad and offer my services as an unpaid advisor to the Santorum campaign. There actually IS a case to be made for the idea that too many American kids are going to college (i.e. who don’t have either the aptitude or interest in higher ed.) Those interested in this case should check out Charles Murray’s book “Read Education” for a reasoned and sober analysis of the situation. What Santorum did was play the issue for political gain – not surprising as he is a politician. But even here he messed up. He made the same mistake Pat Buchanan made with the “Amen corner” remark regarding American Jews and their support for a pro-Israeli U.S.a foreign policy. He hit someone with a sledgehammer (literary in Buchanan’s case, verbal in Santorum’s case) and now the focus will be on his personal attack rather than the issue itseslf.

    Most American automatically assume that everyone should go to college. If Obama is a “snob” for thinking this, then a lot of middle-class Americans who might consider voting for Santorum are also snobs. A little delicacy is called for when presenting views you know are going to be controversial.

    I really hope Santorum can get his act together. I can’t bear months of these kind of unnecessary blunders. I’d rather lose with Romney.

  25. NY2.0 says

    Rick Santorum is not even a conservative, he’s an extremist. Santorum is even too revolting for many conservatives and we can certainly lay blame to the GOP and its less that intellectually inclined base for giving someone like this legitimacy. Not even the seemingly intelligent Mitt Romney has the courage to call out Santorum on his insanity.

  26. Jon says

    I think Rick needs to read the definition of snob. Obama would be a snob if he only wanted liberals to go to college. He wants everyone to go to college. And clearly this was held at the local senior citizens centre. The few younger faces there must have been visiting Grandma. Rick probably waited until everyone had their daily doses so they’d be a more pliable audience. And I wonder how Rick is going to create said manufacturing jobs when it suits him better to have companies using cheap asian labour. He would have a better chance of creating high tech jobs and new medical advances, etc, with people who were well educated. But for his purposes, he doesn’t want an educated populance, because they will never vote for him.

  27. TJ says

    MARY – I would absolutely agree that not everyone is suited for a college education when it comes to making a liviing. Vocational training is vastly underrated. The benefit, though, in my opinion, of advanced education is not merely about getting a job. It’s about getting a life and understanding it. It’s about gaining perspective and awareness. It’s about challenging people to think. Santorum’s rants seem less about vocation and more about the fear that people will learn to evaluate dogma rather than accept it because faith is so beautiful and noble.

  28. Perkin Warbeck says

    In defence of the 13th and 14th centuries which have both been disparaged here by being compared to Santorum’s views on further education; in those centuries, one could attend a university and obtain a very developed and broad education covering subjects such as rhetoric, arithmetic, astronomy, music, theology, physics (pre-Newtonian, yes, but hardly caveman beliefs; and the life skills that would enable one to be considered an intelligent, creative person. Also, those that took up a trade and excelled were not illiterate yobs, but equally rounded in their field and understanding of the known world. Vocational trades in the 21st century should not be seen as the antithesis of tertiary education as they can encourage an underused mind. I am always reminded of the willingness of men (and women in certain circumstance)in the pre-war years and going back to the birth of the Industrial Revolution, to attend lectures given on a wide variety of subjects that improved their minds and views of the world. Under a Santorum theocracy, nothing of this kind would happen. The man is a deluded demagogue who should be exposed repeatedly by not just Americans but the entire world as the fool, the dangerous fool, he is.

  29. Jeff K. says

    Working for less than a year in the capitalist system turned me into a Marxist (which I bet he considers worse than being a liberal), so by his own advice people shouldn’t work either.

  30. chuck says

    An important CEO here in MN, has decried the fact that his company has hundreds of unfilled jobs because he can’t find enough educated people to fill them. The number of technically trained graduates has greatly declined over the last twenty years. But the number of people going into law and finance has grown exponentially. More politicians and hedge fund managers…that’s all that we need!

  31. Jerry6 says

    And this MORON wants us to vote him in as President? Better he should be a street sweeper to clean up the CR@@ he is spreading around. (On the other hand, find another job for him. Honest Street Sweepers do not need him to screw up the job.)

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