GOP Class Warfare Goes Nuclear

After months of savaging the President for promoting class warfare in debates, the GOP race is down to a man who wants to be elected for amassing half a billion dollars against a rival riling low-rent rebellion to expose the social fault line in Republican ranks more clearly than ever.

“You talk to most kids who go to college who are conservatives,” Santorum tells George Stephanopoulos, “and you are singled out, you are ridiculed…I can tell you personally I went through a process where I was docked for my conservative views.”

Claiming that perhaps as many as 62 percent of students who enter college “with some sort of faith commitment” leave without it, he promises to make sure that “conservative and more mainstream, common-sense conservative principles that have made this country great are reflected in our college courses and with college professors.”

This kind of autobiographical paranoia recalls the 1950s when I published an award-winning report praised by Harry Truman, “Fear on the Campus,” describing what McCarthyism was doing to suppress freedom of thought in American colleges.

A return to those dark days is offered by Santorum, who now says he “almost threw up” on reading JFK’s 1960 pledge as the first Catholic president to maintain separation of church and state, damning it as “a vision saying, ‘No, faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate…I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was abhorrent at the time.”

Against such barking fantasy, a clueless Romney is reaping endorsements in Arizona and Michigan, even from those who disagree with his denunciation of the auto bailout against all evidence that 1.45 million people are now working as a direct result of the $80 billion intervention.

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

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  1. “Christians” are great at playing the persecution card…it is an essential part of the belief system.

    They are constantly being fed the rubbish that Christians have never been so persecuted like they are in their time, pick a decade it is always the same line. When I respond with, “well, we aren’t slaves and we aren’t being fed to lions for entertainment purposes”, they usually don’t know how to respond.

  2. Yes it is amazing what free-thought can do for someone.

    College? Worth every penny, if you’ve not ever had the opportunity to grasp at the big questions.

  3. Intolerance, fear, ignorance… those are the tools American’s religious fundamentalists employ in their desire to blend religion with government. It’s nothing new (it goes back all the way to the founding of the country) but it’s disappointing and inexcusable in this day and age. Is it any wonder so many other countries look at the USA with dismay? They see a country that once held so much promise, a beacon of freedom and enlightenment. Not so much these days.

  4. Kids go left in college because for the first time for many of them they get to go out and see how the world works a bit. New ideas, more opportunity to form their own opinions instead of the ones they are given by their parents, its only natural they undergo some pretty significant shifts in how they approach life. Of course many who become vegan muslims in their freshman year go back to their roots later, after they get a bit more life experience under their belts. Basically all I hear is Santorum complaining about “kids these days”, which is the most useless phrase ever.

    And of course, he somehow lets this observation of his inform his political stances, which means he wants to make some laws regarding it. Which means anyone that wants to continue to have an opportunity to make up their own mind and live their own lives needs to stop him. Thank god we have the 1st ammendment to protect us from the Santorum’s of the world who would have us all forced to live like him in the name of religious freedom.

  5. Santorum is running out to meet the lions, it is his choice.

  6. I like the choice of imagery dd. Not that I would ever make light of the horrors of the Coliseum (which I doubt any of us could imagine), but I’m convinced Santorum is either a fake or has no idea what Christianity really means.

  7. Santorum is Catholic…which does not always mean Christian. I think he worships the ideology set by the church, not the rules set by God…which are also not always the same.

  8. I try not to knock what I don’t understand. I am only commenting on his campaign, and this strategy, or his naive honesty, is not going to do him much good.
    Also, we are not used to candid talk or them actually stating their true beliefs, from politicians, so this is a startling display.

  9. SL said “not the rules set by God”
    Which are?

  10. SL: I am a Catholic Apologist. I take offense at your claim that Catholic does not always mean Christian. That some Catholics are hypocrites, liars, thieves, bigots, oppressors, etc. does not diminish the fact that the Catholic Church has always condemned such activities–even when the Pope was the one committing the atrocities! That is otherwise virtually unprecedented in human history. Leaders have always justified their actions by ‘changing the rules.” Not so with the Catholic Church (at least when it comes to dogma, faith and morals).

    If someone is a Catholic, that person IS A CHRISTIAN. A Christian is not someone who always does what is ‘right’ (meaning according to the teachings of Jesus or the Church). A person is a Christian if he or she wants to follow what is according to those principles. The entire nature of Christ’s teachings are that we all fall short. That is where the ‘forgiveness’ part comes in.

  11. I know I’m over my head, and to boot an atheist, but are those cleric pedophiles Christians?

  12. Yes, there are cleric, pedophile Christians. There are bigamist Christians. There are all sorts. Jesus did not exclude anybody. He offered his forgiveness to all–including those who killed him.

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