February 27, 2012

Class Warfare

Credit: Rmbyoung
This weekend, speaking before a Tea Party group, Santorum made assertions that were not only unfounded, but highly revealing of his own philosophy -- which he seems increasingly comfortable displaying. The salient quotes are
President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.
Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.
The idea that wanting everyone to have the same opportunity to succeed is snobbery sounds non-sensical on its face until you realize what Santorum is really doing -- he is imputing to Obama the attitude that people with college degrees are inherently better than those without. I am aware of nothing the President has ever said that indicates such an attitude. What I think Santorum is appealing to here is a reverse snobbery among some non-college graduates (which I have seen) because they feel inadequate (which they shouldn't).

The idea that the educational system in the United States is a system of Liberal indoctrination is a standard song in Santorum's repertoire and isn't news. Linking this all up together, though, shows that Santorum is the master of class warfare, just one based on education rather than income.