"Rick Santorum recorded these words in his third outing as The Philadelphia Inquirer's highly touted new columnist in a piece headlined "Put aside politics to confront Iran." It was word play on the very comment that Rodney King made 15 years ago, and Santorum applied it to another African-American (one who happens to have a reasonable chance of becoming the Democratic candidate for president)....
The 1992 Los Angeles riots were triggered by the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. King was beaten after a car chase. This clip shows the King statement: Why can't we all get along? It also shows the arrival of National Guard. The late deployment of the Guard was criticized at the time.
It is a fair assessment to maintain that Santorum mocked the words of a man whose beating symbolized the worst of a racially polarized period. Worse, it validates the belief of many citizens that Santorum's political agenda was to suppress poor Americans, many of whom belong to racial minorities...
Did you get that? It took me a while. He is claiming that "Put aside politics to confront Iran" is a quotation of "Why can't we all get along?"
Such a comparison is more reminiscent of schizophrenic thought disorder than anything else. It's amazing enough that anyone wrote such an incredible comparison but what about the editor who decided that it was good enough to publish?
G-d forbid that any conservative would ever claim that he had a dream about anything!
The sheer desperation to condemn in the above is all too typical of Leftist thinking. It reminds me of the way Leftists often describe Israel as an "Apartheid" State. Yet it is the Arab countries that are the Apartheid States: Practicing severe discrimination against Christians. In Saudi Arabia, you can't go to church or even read a Bible. There is nothing like that in Israel but it is Israel that gets accused of Apartheid! Insanity. Leftists have severe problems with reality.
A couple of commenters have pointed out that Santorum in his original speech DID directly quote Rodney King. So the article excerpted above was obscurely written rather than deranged.
But the claim that asking people to get along is a sign of racism surely IS deranged. Surely blacks do not have a monopoly on that wish!
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