Rick Santorum Fails History 101

Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum, blamed low history scores on a plot by liberals to make youth turn against historic American values. There is, “in my opinion, a conscious effort on the part of the left to desensitize America and what American values are so they can be more pliable to the new values they would like to impose on Americans.”

OK, Rick, let’s take a look at American history:

COMPLAINT NUMBER ONE– INCREASE SIZE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

REALITY: THE FOUNDING FATHERS DISCARDED THE INITIAL ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION WHICH GAVE POWER TO STATES AND CREATED A POWERFUL NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.

COMPLAINT NUMBER TWO: GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED IN BANKING.

REALITY: IN THE 1790S, UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF NOTED SOCIALIST, GEORGE WASHINGTON, HIS SECRETARY OF STATE, ALEXANDER HAMILTON INSTITUTED THE BANK OF THE US.

COMPLAINT NUMBER THREE: GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED IN BUSINESS

REALITY: THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS WERE DRIVING FORCES BEHIND HIGHWAYS, CANALS AND INSTITUTED TARIFFS TO BENEFIT BUSINESS. UNDER LINCOLN THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

COMPLAINT NUMBER FOUR: LIBERALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING IN TAXES LIKE THE INCOME TAX

REALITY: THE FIRST INCOME TAX WAS PUSHED THROUGH BY NOTED SOCIALIST, ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THE POPULIST PARTY, WHICH WAS BEGUN BY FARMERS, URGED AN INCOME TAX AND HIGH INHERITANCE TAXES.

OH, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY, INVENTED THE INTERNET, ETC..