Rick Santorum Doubles Down On Claim That Colleges Indoctrinate Students, Calls President Obama A ‘Snob’ (VIDEO)

This past Thursday, Rick Santorum told Glenn Beck that President Obama wants kids to go to college so they can be indoctrinated. “I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills,” Santorum said . “The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.” Santorum also claimed that “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.” Of course, Santorum refused to provide a source for that claim. On Saturday morning, Santorum doubled down on those remarks.

While meeting with the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, Santorum told the crowd that President Obama is snob for wanting kids to attend college and once again claimed that college is a place for indoctrination.

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“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob. There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them.”


Here’s the video via Raw Story:

So, Santorum believes colleges indoctrinate people. That’s funny, considering Rick Santorum attended college himself. Santorum attended Pennsylvania State University, a public college, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh, another public university, and obtained an MBA. He then returned to Penn State to attend the Dickinson School of Law. In other words, Santorum attended schools he categorizes as “indoctrination mills.” And because of those schools and their “liberal ways,” Santorum received a top flight education, which he has unfortunately squandered by becoming an ignorant politician.

Most Americans think of college as a gateway to achieving success in life. It’s safe to say that most parents dream of their children going to a good college to obtain an excellent education so they can find well-paying jobs and climb the ladder of society. So, Rick Santorum, by criticizing higher education, is criticizing the American Dream. There is absolutely nothing wrong with President Obama wanting more Americans to attend college. A person with a solid education is highly sought after by nearly every professional field. After World War II, it wasn’t our military strength that made America great, it was our education. Education led to innovations and discoveries that have defined us. People from around the world attend American schools to gain knowledge. Many take that knowledge home and use it to help their own country succeed.

But Rick Santorum doesn’t want Americans to attend college. He, along with other conservatives, want Americans to be ignorant and therefore easier to enslave with fear and hate. Lack of education also makes it easier for conservatives to convince Americans to join their cause. If someone doesn’t have a well-rounded education, it’s a lot simpler to persuade them with falsehoods because that person won’t know any better. In addition to indoctrinating uneducated people to conservatism, education-haters like Santorum may also want young people to have no other choice but to join the military so conservatives will have more pawns to use to wage endless wars against countries like Iran. Many poor people join the military because they don’t have access to a college education. Under President Obama’s plan, the poor will have better access to affordable education. Or is this all about religion? One of Santorum’s complaints to Beck is that many students somehow abandon religion after attending college. Quite frankly, Santorum has no proof that higher education causes people to lose faith. There are many reasons why a person may abandon religion. Some just find it boring. Some just don’t have time. Others may just convert to a different faith. Santorum can’t claim that it’s because universities don’t teach religion either. Most college campuses are near multiple places of worship accessible to students. Santorum’s complaint has to be about his objection to freedom of conscience. He simply doesn’t believe people should have that freedom.

To put it bluntly, education makes America stronger, and Santorum is against that. Conservatives know for a fact that education improves the lives of Americans. When the economy is strong for everyone and college is accessible, those with advanced educations are paid better than those with just a high school diploma. Those with a college degree also have more opportunity to find employment and be successful. It’s clear why conservatives want Americans to remain uneducated. They want to create generations of Americans who will serve as cheap mindless labor drones for corporations and will adhere to conservative views of government and religion. In other words, conservatives want to destroy education so that they can more easily indoctrinate people. Higher education facilities provide the educational tools that create strong independent people with minds of their own. It gives people the ability to think for themselves which is trait conservatives despise.