Rick Santorum has been widely criticized and proven wrong in his assertion that “seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course. It’s not even available to be taught.”
Politifact called it false and disapproved the Santorum claim for both the 10 University of California schools and the 23 California State Universities.
Rachel Maddow had the senior strategist for the Santorum campaign on her show. That strategist said that if Santorum is wrong, then he would publicly apologize. Maddow and the rest of America are still waiting. There has not been a public correction, and it is highly doubtful that there will ever be one from the Santorum campaign.
No one should be surprised. The Dutch are still waiting for Santorum to correct himself about his comments that the Dutch are killing their elderly and sick by the thousands.
This is significant stuff. There is a pattern of Santorum getting the basic facts wrong and refusing to admit it. It is bad enough that he refuses to correct an obvious error. It is very scary that a major contender for the presidency routinely misunderstands basic information. He turns these misinformation sessions into propaganda moments for his social agenda. It is propaganda because propaganda includes lies, mistruths and distortions meant to promote a certain way of thinking. If this is how Santorum gets and processes facts, it is good that his campaign is collapsing. The bad news is that he will likely be back in 2016 if Mitt Romney loses in November.
Santorum also represents a disturbing trend in American politics for candidates and officials to make outrageously incorrect statements, then never admit their error. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are two prime examples of this as well.
This behavior is a threat to the political system. In today’s world, this news is instantly spread across the internet and media. Unfortunately, too many people take to believing these misstatements because they come from supposedly credible sources. This is why conspiracies spread so easily from birthers to truthers to those who question basic medical care such as vaccines.
It is as if the more information that becomes available to us, then the more difficult it is to perform critical thinking. It doesn’t help when types like Santorum use their fame to mislead and distort. The least Santorum could do is correct himself and set the record straight. That won’t happen because the truth conflicts with his political agenda so the truth must cast aside. If that doesn’t define a fool, then nothing will.