It would have been really nice if all politicians and pundits in the US had agreed to honor Nelson Mandela’s death with a moment of silence. By “moment,” I mean it should last a week or more. That way we’d get a chance to catch our breath before we get Rick Santorum saying this shit:
“Well, Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice,” Santorum replied. “And he was willing to pay a huge price for that. And it’s for that reason he — he — he is mourned today, because of that struggle he performed. But what he was advocated for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice.”
“I would make the argument,” Santorum continued, “that we have a great injustice going on too, in this country, with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front-and-center in that.”
Just in case we had any doubts, Frothy-Mix is here to remind us that he is Wrong About Everything.
No, Santorum, you are not in any way comparable to Nelson Mandela. No, you are not fighting against apartheid. No, the Affordable Care Act is not like a system of legally codified racial discrimination and economic oppression. If you’d been part of the government of South Africa at the time, you would have been on the side of keeping Mr. Mandela in prison.
It bears repeating, to conservatives in general: you’re not fooling anyone with this bellowing about the government being too powerful and controlling everything. When you’re pro-military-occupation, pro-drug-war, and determined to use the power of government to make it as difficult as possible for women to control their fertility, you have no opinion on Government Intrusion Into Our Lives.
I’d tell you, “Go home, Santorum, you’re drunk,” except drunkenness doesn’t explain this kind of stupid.