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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 01, 2012 6:30 AM

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Abe Lincoln vs. Rick Santorum

President Abraham Lincoln valued education to the degree that he once walked 20 miles to borrow a book about the history of the United States.

Fast forward to 2012: Education budgets are being slashed by Republican legislators all over the country, and so-called Republican presidential front-runner Rick Santorum is calling President Obama a snob because the president wishes every American to have access to college degrees.

Santorum's use of the word "snob" is a dead giveaway to his fixed aversion to the advancement of education in America. He is clearly using the term out of context.

The perfect definition of a snob is a commoner who wishes to mingle with nobles. That is scarcely an accurate description of Obama, a former Harvard intellect and respected civil-rights Attorney, not to mention the first African American to be voted into office as president of the United States.

The term "snob," however, fits Santorum like two coats of paint. He is a mere smaller dog, trying to pee with the big ones, and not able to get his leg high enough.

What can one expect when a large group of politicians choose to be anti-intellectual? Nothing. You wind up with a bunch of flunkies. The only logical explanation of such a silly mandate is this, "Vote for me. I'm stupider than Obama; your kids will be more stupider."

Lincoln would have a heart attack if he could see what his party has become. I wonder what he would think of Obama.

Marty Kramer
UI student


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