Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Santorum Blames 9/11 on American Exceptionalism

During the Republican "Tea Party" debate in Tampa, FL, our good friend Ron Paul had them in the palm of his hand. After all, like Jon Stewart has said, Ron Paul is "Tea Party Patient Zero".

And he had them. Hanging on his every liberty-filled word. Then Rick Santorum began to speak.

Now, I've read Santorum's, "It Takes a Family", and believe he has some extraordinarily intriguing philosophies regarding the power of familial expectations on a child's future outcomes.

But, in a split second, he completely pulled Paul's swagger out from under him by cornering him into some 9/11 craziness - bewildered that Paul didn't seem to believe in the notion that 9/11 happened because Al-Qaeda hated "American exceptionalism." (hyperlink goes to video clip)

Rather than getting defensive, Paul then made the outlandish claim it might be necessary for us to try and understand the motives of terrorists if we truly desire stopping them - but he had already lost the audience, and the boo birds took flight.

Santorum's theory reminds me of how you might explain 9/11 to a room full of first-graders, and still feel guilty about condescending to them. The fact that so many of us still want to believe that version is even scarier.


Eric Olsen,
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