After his ridiculous ranting on Hardball yesterday about our country being founded as a Christian nation, Ken Blackwell had me convinced that we was probably the most brain dead conservative leaders in the country.

Then along comes ol’ Rick Santorum spewing this garbage in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

Watching President Obama apologize last week for America’s arrogance – before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans – helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions.

I’m sorry to have doubted you, Ricky. The title is still yours!

It’s sad, actually, that guys like Blackwell and Santorum are considered leaders of such a large group of Americans. Sad because they claim to defend traditional American values but have such a limited knowledge of actual American traditions and history.

Their small-minded and singularly-focused view of the past can hardly be called history considering how much information has been changed or completely removed. And I’m not talking about obscure or little-known details. I’m talking about the basics.

Like the fact that Ben Franklin – a well know Deist who rejected Christian dogma – convinced France to provide funding without which the American Revolution would most certainly have failed.

It’s like the American conservative’s history book has a single chapter focused exclusively on World War II – and the whole thing is done up like a comic book. In their version of the story a couple of big, white, non-gay Christian guys from Alabama single-handedly save the world from the Nazis while saying witty things (e.g. “Nazi? More like Not-zee! Ka-Plow!”)

And people wonder why the rest of the world thinks we’re arrogant?

 
  • Conner

    Well Joe, you left little room for any view that interpreats Obamma’s performance in France differently. Few would dissagree that the defeat of enemies of the United States in WWII was in the interest of the U.S. but that did have the effect of removing German control over France. For a sitting president to use that forum to apologize for defending U.S. interests, it may reflect his honest view of our history but just seems a little inapproiate at best and offensive to some.

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