Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rick Santorum is dubious about Church and State Separation, Socializing Influence of Public School

I really have to address former PA Senator Rick Santorum's peculiarity regarding words. They mean what he intends them to mean, nothing more, nothing less. He really is Humpty Dumpty, and his loss in the senatorial race of 2006 was the sort of loss from which "all the King's horses and all the King's men" shouldn't be able to ressurect him. He lost by a considerable margin--59 to 41%. He was the victim of his own gaffes in some respects, namely, his "man on dog" comments, and his palpably stupid insistence on pretending he "really knew about the really real chemical weapons in Iraq" in a big-deal declaration which turned out to be stuff everyone already knew about old, degraded munitions that Iraq had since forever (or at least since they bought them from the US in the 80's, amirite?)  He didn't look effective or serious, but actually, kind of weird. Also, Pennsylvanians wondered just where he really lived and that didn't help him.

I should dismiss Santorum as too much of a longshot, and yet, he only seems stupid to the intimate observer. Casual observers could be dazzled by his "family values/hard-core" conservatism, and not notice he's ridiculous. And his "say anything" tendencies might work in his favor, sometime. If he could stop sounding peculiar. Which he does.


Recently, he called JFK "radical" for his statements regarding the separation of church and state. And yet, he wants separation of state and sharia, and opposes public schools (or is that, "government-run" schools?) that "socialize" young minds.

Huh?  The Founders were all about separation of church and state. And this word, socialize--I do not think it means what he thinks it means. Also socialization might just sound close enough to "socialism" for him to pander a smidge--but all kids are socialized by their education to some extent. Parental involvement, PTA's and school boards exist so parents can influence what their children learn or are exposed to. In real life, the socialization of children is fairly democratic--it's about education, also, not brainwashing.

It is odd that Rick Santorum wants to seek higher office. He does not seem all that conversant with our ways.

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