Paying slight attention to the speeches, something seemed wrong. Did Santorum say that ‘men and women‘ signed the Declaration of Independence?History and facts are no longer relevant. Tell a child to study hard, learn about our history and have good table manners. “You may one day be in the White House. “
And that child looks at you blankly. He or she knows that none of that is important now. If not now, what chance will knowledge be important to future lives. I heard it said when I graduated college,and I repeated it to my children at their high school graduations:
You are as smart now as you will ever be. Continuing your education is important because you will learn where to find the information you do not know.
(One day I will find the source of that quote.)
My ears perked up
when I heard that women had signed the Declaration… Google had several sources for the signers. 50 plus. Their names and something about each one. Two were named Francis somebody. Could they have been women? We understand that people operate in their historic era and should not be held to our standards.
But my memory serves me that only men, white property owners were involved in designing our government.
Where would this idea come from? Perhaps, it was a slip of the tongue to the dreaded ‘political correctness‘ so abhorred by Santorum and others.
It would not be important if facts played a greater part in our political discourse. As the kids say when corrected “Oh, well.”
Santorum did say it because I found the entire speech online. (WashingtonPost.com) He also has said that post high school education was not necessary for everyone. Learning is a lifetime endeavor. If you aspire to eat in the White House, facts matter.
From the speech:
The men and women who signed that Declaration of Independence wrote this final phrase: We pledge to each other — we pledge to each other our lives, our fortune, and our sacred honor.
- Santorum’s view on rights lacks ‘Common Sense’ (examiner.com)