Well, What Do You Know? I Agree With Rick Santorum.

Rick Santorum gave a speech at the Values Voters Summit, and made a statement that I agree with.  I’m pretty sure that he didn’t mean exactly what he said, but nevertheless, there it is:

“We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

Yes, you could say hell has frozen over, the sun has risen in the west, or any number of things that are of equally low probability, but “low probability” doesn’t mean “never.”

Why would I agree with him on this?  Because he’s right.  Most of the “conservatives” – particularly those at the Values Voters Summit – are binary.  “Yes/No,” “Good/Evil,” or “Always/Never.”  Shades of gray, “maybe,” “sometimes,” or “depending on” aren’t concepts they like working with.

It’s why they can’t accept scientific realities, look beyond their own short-term interests, or have solutions for an increasingly complex world.   They want us to return to the “comfortable certainties,” which are often fantasies themselves.   They want simple solutions for complex problems,  even if they don’t work.

So yes, the smart people will not be with them.  They understand that the world is a complex place, that long-term solutions are needed, and we that exist in a society.   It turns out that reality has a liberal bias.

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11 responses to “Well, What Do You Know? I Agree With Rick Santorum.

  1. sidney18511

    They are under a grand delusion that they are a much bigger group then they really are and of course the conspiracy theory that every single media outlet, except fox is bias is still going strong. All this is happening in their little bubble.

    • I get to see that particular delusion when I read the birther blogs. It’s amazing how many times they talk about “the majority” and “millions of patriots” :roll: despite the reality that every one of their “rallies” draws (at best) a few dozen people.

  2. Your binary analysis so on target. I didn’t watch yesterday’s VVS but caught most of Friday’s via C-Span. Tony Perkins et al should just claim the mantle of the anti-modernity party. and argue progress isn’t always a good thing. Or go full-bore revanchists… more intellectually honest.

    Nice post and regards,

    • There are many moments when I admit to stunned incredulity at something they’re advocating. I sometimes refer to them as the “back to the Middle Ages!” group.

  3. I think this b/w, simple answers to complex problems is fostered by the media. Remember when the media kept trying to get the President and Jay Carney to define the Obama Doctrine? They wanted a one-size-fits-all canon that they could apply to every situation.
    Sound-bites = simple vs. complex.
    Nuanced = lectures.
    The media has conditioned people to want bumper sticker answers to everything.

    • A quote attributed to Mencken:

      For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

      The actual quote is:

      Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.

  4. majiir

    I also agree with Santorum that smart people will never be on their side, but I disagree with him that the media isn’t on conservatives’ side a majority of the time. Smart people are able to analyze conservatives’ policies and reject them using valid, substantive arguments. I believe this is why some conservatives hate liberals–in most cases, we are better educated, better at critical thinking, and we think for ourselves. It’s been hard for them to swallow the recent revelation that democrats tend to tell Americans the truth and treat them like adults. When fact-checkers compared the speeches at both conventions, they had to acknowledge that the democrats were more truthful. Rank and file republicans have been so used to calling liberals/democrats/progressives liars that it became a known “fact” among them, so when the fact-checkers rocked their world, many of them became angry and started to lash out at democrats in petty ways. One of those petty ways of deflecting attention from the fact that he is an habitual liar was Romney and his campaign team’s lies about the embassy/consulate attacks in Egypt and Libya. Romney was gleeful about the attacks because he saw it as a means by which he could damage PBO’s foreign policy credentials. What he got as a result wasn’t what he was expecting because many republicans rejected his ‘shoot from the hip’ behavior and attitude. I knew the other day when Romney accused PBO of being a liar that he was trying to mitigate the damage he’ll likely receive when he lies in the upcoming debates. He already knows he has to lie, so he lays a little groundwork, hoping Americans will buy it by trying to convince us that PBO will deliberately lie to us in the debates. He knows he will, so he sees his best course of action being that of smearing the president beforehand. He’s a despicable, petty, lying little man. As for what Santorum said about the media not being on the side of conservatives, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. Maybe he should review the results of that poll that came out earlier this year. The poll showed that the majority of the news/information reported about the president was overwhelmingly negative. When PBO’s and Romney’s media coverage was compared, Romney received more favorable coverage than the president. I think what Santorum and some other conservatives really want is for the government to have more control over what the media can/cannot print/write/say. In Conservative World, this would be known as small government, when the reality is that it’s large, intrusive, controlling government.

    • In particular, smart people aren’t going to agree with what he considers “values.” A good example is their promulgation of “life begins at conception” as a legal standard. Aside from the biological reality that there’s absolutely no way to determine that, it also ignores the reality that a solid percentage of fertilized eggs don’t implant, or implant at the wrong time/place and are passed out. Most people are willing to accept that there are “gray areas” regarding abortion, but they don’t. They don’t accept evolution, climate change, or a host of things for which the data is in, settled, and so on.

  5. I also think that there IS a rational, coherent and even needed conservative alternative to the Democrats. Look at conservative parties around Europe. They believe science, recognize markets aren’t magic, but have a deeper distrust of government solutions and high spending than do most on the left. In a perfect world the two sides would be able to converse, learn from each other, and ultimately be part of a political evolution – as Walter Lippmann said, in a democracy opposition is essential. Right now the GOP is in the grips of a kind of reactionary group that fears the changes taking place (cultural, demographic, etc.) and have created an alternate reality in which to inhabit. In other words, a smart Republican party is possible, but it’s not what Santorum wants to see!

    • I think they need to lose, and lose frequently for a while for such a party to re-emerge. For example, it would be nice to have a debate about the methods, costs, and regulations to deal with global warming. Instead we have one party denying it even exists. :roll:

  6. Vic78

    It’s great that Ricky just said his supporters were too stupid to vote against his platform. It’s going to be difficult to change things when we have to fight for Planned Parenthood. Legalize weed? Everybody’s got a dream.

    What really hurts us is that Ricky’s supporters are active. Their hypocrisy not bothering them is another bad sign. Then you have the Frank Luntz marketing stupidity. They can sell anything if they market it right. Young women and black folks don’t support us due to marketing. Just because the base are slow it follows that others have the same affliction. Smart elites are a little too advanced for GOP talking points. Apologizing for America? Recent history tells us that the US might need to regain the world’s respect. Somebody did throw his shoes at Bush a few years ago. The teabillies don’t remember that episode.