The Misadventures of a College Snob

Gosh, and here I thought going to college was a good thing.

You may have heard that Rick Santorum — a college graduate himself, as seen above — recently said that the President’s plan to make higher education accessible to young people across the country made him a “snob.” Colleges are indoctrination centers for the evil left wing conspiracy, he said, and his supporters went ape shit with applause. Because education is now a bad thing, like healthy food in schools, because god dammit, if we want our kids to be fat, then we want them to be fat! And if we want them to be uneducated, that’s our business and STOP TELLING ME HOW TO RAISE MY TAX BREAKS CHILDREN!

I had the opportunity to go to college. I went to an affordable state school on a partial scholarship and was fortunate enough that my parents had the foresight to save for my education. (They’re snobs, too.) I also worked full-time when my financial aid ran out to stay in school.

I was also raised in a Republican household, Secretary of my school’s College Republicans my senior year, and wasn’t indoctrinated into anything (except a shitload of really good beer). It wasn’t until after I’d graduated that I became the godless heathen that you know and tolerate today.

My reason for the change? Personal experience, plus critical thinking. I learned the critical thinking part in — gasp — college! We can’t have people thinking for themselves! They might not believe the bullshit that is spewed from Ricky Santorum’s frothy lips.

Mr. Santorum: What you’re engaging in is a version of your famous “class warfare” talking point. You’re now attacking educated people. People who run businesses and employ other people. People who innovate and create.

That frothy fellow is right, actually. I am a snob. I’m a snob because I know how good college was for me. I know how important it is to see something new, to find a calling, and to sit (and get drunk with) like-minded individuals who are also finding themselves.

Santorum said that some people are gifted with their hands, and he’s right. But nothing the President has ever said requested that trade schools be done away with, or that those who don’t go to college should be dragged out into the street and mocked. Everyone should be given options.

The option to go to a trade school, the option to go to college, the opportunity for both.

American children are falling behind the rest of the world in education, and a legitimate candidate for our highest office is evidently proud of that fact.

What the fuck, Santorum?



  1. So political aren’t we :) Making for good reads at the office though good sir

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