"I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country," – Rick Santorum, on Glenn Beck's show. After reading the rest of the transcript, Ed Kilgore rolls his eyes:
Hard to imagine, isn’t it, that anyone would think Santorum’s engaged in a culture war after reading comments like that! In one fell swoop, he’s accusing hundreds of higher education institutions of consciously warring against religion; accusing the president of the United States of consciously attempting to exercise mind control over millions of young people; accusing the parents of said young people of stupidly putting themselves into deep debt in order to secure the intellectual and moral corruption of their children; and proposing to end academic freedom in favor of some sort of vague "diversity" standards that he’d be denouncing if the subject was admission of minority students.
Earlier thoughts here. Update from a reader:
Rick Santorum refers to American colleges and universities as "indoctrination mills", in an interview with Glenn Beck, founder of noted totally-not-an-indoctrination-mill institution of higher learning, Glenn Beck "University". You can't make this shit up.