In the 1980s Dana Carvey played the prudish “Church Lady” who saw the work of Satan everywhere. Unfortunately, it appears that Rick Santorum saw these skits without realizing that they were jokes and the Church Lady looked a little neurotic.
As recounted in some detail in a story by PolitiFact.com (“In Context: Santorum on Satan“) gave a speech at Santorum tracing Satan’s assault on American. He noted that in the early days of America (when we had slavery and women were disenfranchised) the nation had a “strong foundation. Then, according to Rick Santorum, Satan saw an opportunity to work his way into American hearts and minds:
The place where he was, in my mind, the most successful and first — first successful was in academia. He understood pride of smart people. He attacked them at their weakest. They were in fact smarter than everybody else and could come up with something new and different — pursue new truths, deny the existence of truth, play with it because they’re smart. And so academia a long time ago fell.
Once embedded in America’s universities, Satan was able to influence the elites who attended universities. Apparently, people who avoided higher education were spared these satanic message. Oddly enough, Santorum seems to believes that Satan waited to control elites through universities at a time at which college education moved beyond elites.
As Inside Education reports (“Santorum’s views on higher education and Satan“) universities are also used by “the left” (Obviously, the left = Satan) to indoctrinate students. In this regard Santorum is overly optimistic when he assumes that students listen to and believe anything we say. If I were to advocate liberal or satanic principles the only response from my students would be: “Will this be on the test?”
He also thinks universities are loony because many scientists believe in global warming. Exactly why we would have a bias toward global warming is not clear. Somehow, the belief that God’s creation should be conserved and treated with respect is foreign to Santorum. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the large corporate donors behind him and his cause.
Conveniently enough, Santorum’s theory of evil and higher education eventually leads us to President Obama. Finally, Rick Santorum has used all the reasoning skills acquired in getting his three degrees to conclude that Obama is a “snob” for wanting everyone to go to college. [A claim that been proven false.]
Santorum goes on to offer his support to the “good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor that (tries) to indoctrinate them.”A sloppy amateur historian (like Santorum) would hear echos of Hitler in this emotional appeal to the resentments of his audience. I hear echos of southern demagogues like Huey Long.
It’s funny that someone who belongs to group of people (politicians) so often stereotyped as liars desperate to distract others from their corruption would so readily embrace stereotyping.
Who would spawn such stereotypes?
Who would try to create so much distrust?
Who would place their political ambitions above the unity of the nation?
Could it be…