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Monday, February 27, 2012

Rick Santorum: College is for "snobs"



Growing up as a child of the 70s-80s, the value of an education was drilled into my skull by my parents-- particularly my mother, who was spent over 20 years as a teacher in the classroom. My brother and I weren't given much of a choice in the matter, when it came to focusing on our education. Well, that's not true-- our folks did give us an option..."go to college, go into the military, or FIND A JOB...but know that without an education, you'll NEVER have a good job!"

Now, I think that there were two reasons why education was strictly enforced by my parents. The first, being that my mother is an educator, but secondly because my parents understood that being black in America meant that no one (meaning "white folks") expects much from blacks by way of intellectual achievement, and in order to do well in life, we would have to FLY to where a white person merely had to walk, or crawl. In other words, "good" wasn't good enough. We had to be EXCEPTIONAL in order to be taken seriously. That was the value of an education.

So as someone that has always been taught the importance of a higher education, you can imagine the slack-jawed reaction I had to Rick Santorum when last week he said that the idea that President Obama wanting to provide an easier path to a college education is nothing short of snobbery...SNOBBERY, and indoctrination...!!!!




Well, I am ONE snob that has no problem saying that Rick Santorum is an idiot in the highest order! The times are truly changing, when a candidate for the President of the United States scoffs at the idea of getting a college education as some sort of elitism-- which somehow, in Santorum's ass-backward universe, connects to a lack of values and anti-Americanism. It is shocking that an elected official is actually campaigning against America's grown, evolution, and development. The VERY THING that is going to save this country from extinction-- and he's railing against it! That says nothing for the mindless zombies that were applauding him-- really? I mean, they used to get on black folks because they thought we were stupid. Now we have a black man in the White House that's smarter than most of those folks, and now they want to shit on him for it.

Look, I've been in situations where my noggin has brought about eye-rolling and resentment-- words like "arrogant" and "uppity" have been used, which-- to an educated black man-- are spite-filled white-washed substitutions for "nigger"-- especially that "U-word". Paul Mooney, and my parents, and almost every elder black man and woman I've ever known, has always said to me that "Nothing scares/annoys white folks more than an intelligent black man." In more general terms, I think nothing horrifies politicians more than an intelligent electorate.

All you have to do is listen to what people like Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich are saying to realize that they think (and hope) that people are too dumb, lazy, or disinterested to do research. As long as the American people are more interested in fantasy football and American Idol, the politicians know that they can basically say whatever they want without the fear of their audience investigating their claims. If you like Newt Gingrich, you'll believe that Obama sanctioned infanticide. If you like Mitt Romney, you'll believe that corporations are people. And if you believe Rick Santorum...then, you'll believe that education is something the shit on, and disregard as some hoity-toity luxury that only snobs, jerks, elitists and communists indulge in.

This is what the President said today to the National Governors Association on this education issue:

“I have to make a point here: when I speak about higher education, we’re not just talking about a four-year degree...We’re talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job that now is requiring somebody walking through the door handling a million dollar piece of equipment. And they can’t go in there unless they’ve got some basic training beyond what they received in high school,” Obama told the governors. “We all want American getting those jobs of the future, so we’re going to have to make sure they’re getting the education they need.”
Nothing helps Republicans more than an uneducated populace. That's why things like religion and guns and immigration and gays and affirmative action and education snobs are good ammo for the GOP-- they know they can go to the dummies with all of these ridiculous talking points, and they'll be believed! 

Smarten up, America. I know you hate Obama, but your candidates don't think too much of you. So...vote at your own peril.

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