Santorum Doesn’t Want to Make Black People’s LIves Better. Period.

Over the holidays, my nephew told me that watching political news was like sports for nerds and that like any sporting event, viewers have about as much chance to influence the outcome of an election as they do to change the outcome of a Steelers’ game. I’d add that we have about as much control over the players as we do over the NFL Draft.

With this logic in mind, I’ve been trying to avoid campaign coverage, particularly when it comes to the white supremacists who populate the Republican Party. And folks, let’s not pretend this is something new: Ronald Reagan gave his first campaign speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi. It was a speech on states’ rights, just sixteen years about the Ku Klux Klan murdered three civil rights workers in that city.

I lived in western Pennsylvania for over a decade, so I have a special hatred for Rick Santorum, whose recent conflation of people receiving Medicaid with “black people,” earned him applause in Iowa and so much criticism on the internet that Republican publications have been trying to argue that he did not say “black people,” but mumbled something unintelligible.

Well, he is unintelligible. I’ll grant them that. But he’s also bat shit crazy. When he was attacking Social Security in the late 1990s, a delegation of activists from the Labor Party (remember that?) went to his office to have a conversation with our elected official. When the pimply staffer in his office told us that Senator Santorum was unavailable, we asked where he was and the staffer said without missing a beat and in complete sincerity, “Senator Santorum is out saving the unborn.”

Presumably, they too will be given “the opportunity to go out and make the money.”

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One response to “Santorum Doesn’t Want to Make Black People’s LIves Better. Period.

  1. Darshan Sawant D

    Scary but True. Thanks for a great post. When “Santorum” gets any support and then comes the resulting news coverage/attention (Biased) in the name of covering every side of the issue – the myth of American and the media being a bastion of progress and champion of equal rights goes down the drain.

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