Rick Santorum: America isn’t like Nazi Germany, but what if it WERE?

Do you think the things that come out of Rick Santorum’s mouth are this poorly conceived in his head, or is he just inarticulate?

“The government wants to tell you how to live your life,” he said. “They’re going to tell you what your values will be, and they’re not going to be tolerant of any dissent.”

Let’s stop here for a second. There’s video of this interview at the link, and if you’re wondering whether Santorum offered any specific areas where dissent is being stamped out, or religious freedom is clearly at risk in America, but you’re not wondering enough to actually watch the video for yourself, let me assure you: I did watch the video, and no, he doesn’t.

And no, just to head off the inevitable “but,” letting gay people get married in the eyes of the law doesn’t so much as breathe heavily on any individual’s religious freedom. Sorry.

Santorum acknowledged that persecution in the U.S. is “fairly mild” compared to other regions in the world.

But he then launched into a comparison to Nazi Germany. He noted that before the Nazis took over, Germany was a tolerant country and such persecution was “unfathomable.”

“Germany prior to the Nazis getting there was a very religious country, was a Christian country. It was a very sophisticated country,” he said.

“Same thing here,” Santorum continued. “You think it’s just impossible for that to happen in America. And maybe it is, but maybe it isn’t.”

So religious people have it pretty good in America, but someday it might be like Nazi Germany here. Things were bad in Nazi Germany because Germany was a Christian country before the Nazis took over, but after they took over Germany became…a Christian country (seriously, who does Rick think the Nazis were after?).

But maybe such an outcome is impossible here, but maybe it isn’t! Way to cover all the bases, Senator! Santorum 2016!

“If we continue down this path, things are not going to get better, and the chance of something really bad beginning to happen, where your faith is really constrained, or your lives are really in danger becomes a possibility down the road,” he said.

WHAT PATH? SERIOUSLY WHAT PATH ARE WE ON WHERE FAITH IS BEING CONSTRAINED? CAN YOU STOP TALKING IN VAGUELY SCARY ASSERTIONS AND ACTUALLY ADDRESS SOME CONCRETE THING OR OCCURRENCE THAT HAS THREATENED RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AMERICA?

"It's the path, that we're on, because of things that are happening, like, ah, the religion things. This is definitely a real threat."
“It’s the path, that we’re on, because of things that are happening, like, ah, the religion things. This is definitely a real threat.”

Is it the bakery people who won’t do cakes for gay weddings? Because, look, replace “gay” with “interracial” in that sentence and tell me if you still think that our religious freedoms are hanging in the balance.

Is it the idea of health insurance that covers contraception? But didn’t the Supreme Court actually rule in favor of the religious folks on that one?

What kind of pathology makes the people who control this country (white, mostly straight, mostly male Christians) to constantly pretend like they’re being persecuted? I understand why Santorum plays to that fear (even if I think the ways he tries to do it are often pretty ridiculous), because it works politically. But why is it a fear to begin with?

Author: DWD

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