Santorum says…

"People's champion" fails to realize that even Everyman has college dreams

As Americans, we believe that we are free to pursue whatever makes us happy and allows us to live a better, more prosperous life. A large part of this “pursuit of happiness” has to do with the fact that, as Americans, we have the opportunity for upward mobility, which is an opportunity that even in the present day isn’t available in many parts of the world. A key step on this path to greener pastures — and one that is becoming increasingly more important in this day and age — is the process of earning a degree. It’s one of things that is stressed to every boy and girl as something that must be accomplished in order to be a successful individual. For presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, however, going to college is overrated. In his view of things, college is a merely a trap that people fall into, one where they get brainwashed and become liberal, socialist zombies.

Rick Santorum’s “war on higher education” became public at a Tea Party rally on Feb. 25 when he spoke to the masses about the dangers of a higher education. He told onlookers in Troy, Michigan that President Obama urging people to get a college education was just a plot to transform them into liberals: “That’s why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.” Mr. Santorum went on to say that not all people are made for college, and that the president was a “snob” for his insistence that everyone should go.

While it might be true that there are people who simply wouldn’t do well in a traditional college setting and are better suited for more a technical career path, it’s preposterous to say that a higher education in this country serves no purpose other than to brainwash and to corrupt. Pursing a higher education has been and always will be a cornerstone of the American educational experience. For Rick Santorum to denounce a college education begs the question: whose best interests does he serve? Not only does going to college prepare one for work in their chosen field, it also ensures a more complete personal development. In college we learn to work with others, to overcome difficult situations through hard work and dedication, and most importantly we get a sense of who we are as individuals. These skills serve us later in life not only in the professional sector, but in other facets of life as well.

It’s common knowledge that as other countries develop at a quicker rate and world standards for education grow increasingly higher, it is essential for Americans to attain as a high a level of proficiency as is possible in order to compete in rapidly developing economic landscapes. In most other places, a greater value is being placed on the pursuit of a higher education. World leaders recognize that it is imperative for their future well-being to produce highly educated individuals. For Rick Santorum to go out and tell people that college is useless not only demonstrates his ignorance, it also indicates that he is oblivious to how the modern world operates. Do we really need another dimwit as the leader of the free world?

Some people, as strange as this might seem, see Rick Santorum as a leader for the everyman. All I see is a bigot with delusions of grandeur. In an America with Santorum in charge, everyone would be a little more stupid and plants would be hydrated with Gatorade because nobody would know that electrolytes aren’t a substitute for water. And though I just compared the ridiculous prospect of Santorum as president with scene from Idiocracy, I’m pretty sure the real scene wouldn’t be to far from it. Rick Santorum doesn’t believe in equal marriage rights, he wants to ban contraceptives, and now he doesn’t want you to go to college! I don’t know about you guys, but this isn’t my idea of the man who will lead America forward.