The Family Research Council is holding its annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. again this weekend. Most of the speakers have been about what you’d expect. They’ve had people such as Kirk Cameron, who apparently thinks his time on an 1980s sitcom qualifies him as a political pundit, and Michele Bachmann, who yesterday called President Obama the most dangerous President ever. Today, it was Rick Santorum’s turn, and his speech in part focused on a favorite topic among Social Conservatives, the denigration of intellectualism:
WASHINGTON, DC — Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum attacked the media and “smart people” for not being on the side of conservatives in a speech to the Values Voter Summit on Saturday.
“We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”
The media “doesn’t like the other side,” Santorum said. “And not necessarily, I would argue, because they agree with them, but because they can influence the country. “If just a few people make decisions about what this world looks like, what this country looks like, then you have people sitting in offices at major media outlets and Hollywood who think they can deal with a small group of people, to get them to jump through the hoops they want you to,” Santorum said.This is just the latest example of the populist anti-intellectualism that has become the conservative movement. It wasn't always this way. There was a time when the conservative movement was represented by men like William F. Buckley Jr but today it's Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. The movement want's to return us to the 15th century.
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