Santorum: They don’t Teach American History at the University of California

A few weeks ago, Rick Santorum said that the Dutch were killing off their old and sick by forced euthanasia. The only reason that I don’t call Santorum a flat-out liar is that I think he is simply ignorant and fails to believe in the facts that don’t support his worldview.

Once again, Santorum has jumped aboard the fiction wagon and spun another tale of woe for America. This time Santorum said that the University of California doesn’t teach American history. Having attended U.C. myself, with American history as my major, that is news to me.

Calling Santorum a liar or ignorant is too simple. He either is incapable of comprehending his reading or listening, or he is one of the most immoral politicians in the country. In other words, this guy is grossly inept or one of the most conniving, devious demagogues to come along in a while.

I’m putting my money on the inept.

Mitt Romney is the better candidate by far. At least Romney does not make things up. He only changes his positions.

Here’s the video, but the image quality is very poor for most of it. The audio is clear:

“The California universities – I think it’s 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.”

Just for the record, since Santorum doesn’t care about keeping his facts straight, there are 10 universities.

UPDATE: I incorrectly noted that American history is a graduation requirement. That has been removed. American history is taught in all the UC schools except for UCSF.

UPDATE II: I’m still getting this graduation requirement wrong. UC Santa Barbara does require a college course in American history to graduate; the others require it too but high school can fulfill that requirement. UCSF does offer a course on the history of American medicine. UCSF is a medical school. Here is the correct text from the UC graduation requirements:

All undergraduate degree programs at UC require study in American history and institutions. This requirement may be met through examination or enrollment in specific courses. Each campus decides how its students may meet the requirement.

Satisfactory completion in high school of a one-year course in U.S. history or a half-year course in U.S. history and a half-year course in American government, fulfills this requirement at all UC campuses except UC Santa Barbara. (At UCLA, students must also have earned a B average in these courses.) UC Santa Barbara requires students to complete a college-level course.

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