Santorum Criticizes Obama for Letting His Daughter Visit Mexico

Glenn Beck recently interviewed Rick Santorum on his show, and both took their turns at criticizing Barack Obama for letting his 13-year-old daughter, Malia, travel to Mexico.

They noted that the State Department has a travel advisory in effect with Mexico.

Rick Santorum’s take on Malia’s destination for spring break let to this conclusion:

“If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think that’s what presidents do. They set an example. And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

More and more, it looks like Santorum’s platform is based on what he can tell other people to do with their lives. He turned contraception into a campaign issue, told Puerto Ricans to learn English, and is now giving parenting advice to the President of the United States.

So much for the economy being a campaign topic this year.

To be fair, Beck egged on Santorum to criticize Obama, but Santorum jumped into the fray willingly. The problem with their discussion is that it is based on false premises. The State Department does have a travel advisory for Mexico, but it is not telling Americans not to go to Mexico. Mexico relies greatly on tourist dollars from its northern neighbor. Millions of Americans cross into the country every year, including 150,000 crossing the border every day. Mexico does have violence from its war on drugs, but it isn’t Afghanistan. Mexico remains one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

The State Department views Mexico in a state-by-state analysis with the border areas being judged far riskier than tourist areas. Here is an excerpt from what the State Department really says about Mexico in general:

The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter TCOs which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere.

In other words, Mexico has some places that can be dangerous, but, overall, it is safer than a black person innocently walking through a gated community where he is a guest, such as in Sanford, Florida, with Trayvon Martin.

Regarding Oaxaca, where Malia is vacationing, here is the State Department’s warning:

No warning is in effect.

Oaxaca has no travel advisory. If it’s safe for Americans, then it is a whole lot safer for someone with a 25-member Secret Service contingent. That doesn’t include the Mexican government’s security. Beck is full of hot air, and Santorum is floating along for the ride.

This is another example of the Republican primaries turning into a circus freak show featuring seriously deformed political ideologies.

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