Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rick Santorum

Like many I know, and to some extent the media, I keep wondering about Rick Santorum's apparent Nazi fetish: As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank points out, "Rick Santorum sees Nazis everywhere: in the Middle East, in doctor's offices and medical labs, in the Democratic Party, and now in the White House."

Santorum told a group sometime over the weekend that 2012 election is similar to the time between 1940 and 1941 when Americans didn't act against Adolf Hitler. Really?

"But wait! There's more," as Ron Popeil would say pitching the latest gadget that you can't live without.

On Bob Schieffer's "Face the Nation" this weekend he said, "Prenatal testing encourages abortion." He considers schools, "factories," and believes that global warming is a plot by "radical environmentalists" to "consolidate power."

I'm less than a year from 70 and covered politics for a major newspaper in Washington, DC for years, a lot of years. Further, I watch politics, read the papers, read history and I've never seen or heard anything like the Republican nuts who want to be President of the United States.

Folks, I encourage you, implore you to read newspapers, good ones: The New York Times (assuming you're not so foolish to believe that the reporting tilts to the Left) and The Wall Street Journal (assuming you're not so foolish to believe the reporting tilts to the Right).

Now, I know that political views for all these days and in the past are frequently driven by what's in your pocket, perhaps more so today that anytime in my lifetime. However, you have to consider what these guys are actually saying and figure out what it might mean to not only you, but everyone else. We are inexorably tied together, but threads, however fragile and what impacts one of us, generally has an impact on all.