Rick Santorum Ridiculously Equates Nelson Mandela’s Fight Against Apartheid to What?

santorum1It seems like a day doesn’t go by without some big-name Republican proving once again that the GOP just doesn’t get it.

No matter what they’re talking about or what’s going on in the world, Republicans will always find a way to turn the discussion back toward “Obamacare.” It’s almost like some twisted “Obamacare” version of Godwin’s Law when it comes to a Republican opening their mouth.

Proving the pathetic point once again, Rick Santorum compared Nelson Mandela’s fight against the racist South African apartheid to the right-wing struggle of coping with the fact that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

Yes, he really went there.

Santorum said:

“Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that, and that’s the reason he is mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed.  And I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”


You just gotta love it, right?

Nothing quite like comparing the inhumane and disgusting event in human history that was apartheid with a healthcare law that aims to try to provide every American with access to health care.

These people are just absolutely ridiculous.  I’ve almost lost all ability to even try to take them seriously.

I wonder if these people do this in their private lives.  Rick is having an argument with his wife, she says something like, “You never listen!” then suddenly Rick says, “Well, why do you think I don’t listen?  It’s Obamacare’s fault!”

They’re obsessed with the healthcare law.  If they even spent half the effort to help make the law better as they do lying about it, or blaming everything on it, imagine how great the access to health care for Americans would be?

Hell, that goes for everything in our country.  If Republicans actually had a goal of helping our nation instead of playing partisan politics to pander to their tea party base, imagine how well our country could be doing right now?

But this latest comment by Rick Santorum is just another in a long list of ridiculous comparisons Republicans have made to the “radical liberal idea” (that was originally a Republican idea, by the way) of trying to provide access to quality health care for every American.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Taleisin

    I would like to congratulate Rick on reaching a new level of stupid.

  • Taleisin

    I would like to congratulate Rick on reaching a new level of stupid.

    • charleo1

      After getting the full Santorum treatment, in last years Presidential
      contest. I would have thought a statement such as yours to be
      impossible. Even for one as naturally endowed as Santorum is, with the capacity to be incredibly stupid, on such a wide ranging number
      of issues. Expounding at length as he did numerous times, on subjects it was clear as a bell, he had no idea on Earth what he was talking about. Like on women’s issues. He looked, and sounded, for all the world, like an eight year old. With his little sleeveless sweater, and that Howdy Doody, half grin on his face. (Apologies to HD fans.) HD was a lot smarter.

      • Taleisin

        I admire Ricks faith that prayer can make the world flat and reduce it’s age to 6 000 years. Seriously, Rick has issues with reality.
        My favourite quote from Rick was when he saw a young man choose a pink bowling ball. He ran over and said to the young man, ”Friends don’t let friends play with pink balls.”

      • charleo1

        Hilarious!

  • Cesar Penafiel

    Mandela fought to have an inclusive government which necessarily has to mean bigger when you want to add 80% of a disenfranchised population to it. Since the ANC came to power in 1994 it has fought to combat health inequalities in South Africa.

    • Jason Hartwick

      Health Care is important, for sure, but I am curious just how “inclusive” Mr. Mandela would consider a people who shun and ridicule about half of the population?

      • Cesar Penafiel

        Agreed, he would probably dislike FOX news but would find a way to expose their evil and try include them in politics once their hatred is exposed,. gerrymandering has helped them get 50% of power but it really is only 35% of the population that support that type of people who ridicule and shun common sense and going down fast. Rinos are peace loving Republicans who shouldn’t be mixed with the Fox sheep. So plenty of reason for optimism the way Mandela would have wanted. His legacy will succeed in the US and the world!

      • Jason Hartwick

        LOL, I actually was referring to the dems who automatically shun and ridicule the repubs just for being repubs 😉

      • Cesar Penafiel

        Oh, like Dixiecrats. Yes, those people are haters but they’ve mostly been extinguished, now the vast majority of democrats embrace differences from gays to foreigners from poor to rich as long as they don’t spit apartheid-like hatred like Fox News. What greater symbol of inclusion than electing a Kenyan Muslim to the highest office, right?

      • MiMg

        actually the kings of shunning are now and have always been Republicans

      • MiMg

        Stop lying, Democrats have been PRO Woman, PRO Black, PRO Gay, Pro Hispanic, PRO Poor for OVER FIFTY YEARS, Republicans are the Racist Homophobic, Sexist, Elitist Bigots

      • Jason Hartwick

        Did I say they were not? Nope. I did not. What I said was that you are no better than them because of the hate you spew any time anything republican is even alluded to. How is it ok for you to hate and it is not ok for them to hate? No different. At all. You refuse to see that. Sound familiar? You aren’t listening, you are just spouting a Party Line. Sound familiar? That’s YOU. You know, the guy saying the repubs are the only evil ones. I’m not defending them or their beliefs, just trying to make you see that you doing the same thing makes you just as bad, regardless of who it is you are doing it to.

    • Jason Hartwick

      Health Care is important, for sure, but I am curious just how “inclusive” Mr. Mandela would consider a people who shun and ridicule about half of the population?

  • Cesar Penafiel

    Mandela fought to have an inclusive government which necessarily has to mean bigger when you want to add 80% of a disenfranchised population to it. Since the ANC came to power in 1994 it has fought to combat health inequalities in South Africa.

  • It’s a perfectly valid comparison except for two little points:

    1. Mandela’s struggle against apartheid was perfectly justified on moral grounds whereas the GOP struggle against the ACA is not since they offer NO ALTERNATIVES WHATSOEVER AND NEVER WILL.

    2. Mandela and the ANC eventually won their struggle. The GOP will fail.

    Aside from that, yes, they are exactly the same.

  • It’s a perfectly valid comparison except for two little points:

    1. Mandela’s struggle against apartheid was perfectly justified on moral grounds whereas the GOP struggle against the ACA is not since they offer NO ALTERNATIVES WHATSOEVER AND NEVER WILL.

    2. Mandela and the ANC eventually won their struggle. The GOP will fail.

    Aside from that, yes, they are exactly the same.

  • FD Brian

    I’m not sure what books of reference the GOP is using to compare things, but a history book isn’t one of them.

  • Ram Garcia

    I’m waiting for these Tea Turds to tie in Bengazi and Obamacare….Then it will be time to start using the padded cells and straight jackets….

  • Sence1

    That’s mighty White of you Rick Santorum.

  • Gary F.

    I suggest they place Santorum and the rest of the Tea Baggers in an insane asylum for 28 years before comparing their fight against Obamacare to apartheid and Mandela’s fight! What a bunch of dangerous cartoon characters!

  • PoppaDavid

    If Rick Santorum wants to compare the efforts of Nelson Mandela to something American, he should compare the fight against Apartheid to the fight against Segregation. And then he could compare Mandela to the Americans who led the fight.

    It was a battle of “States Rights” versus “Civil Rights”.

  • sherry06053

    The GOP have no right to utter any sentence that mentions Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. or any Kennedy’s name – never mind compare any of their ideas or accomplishments to anything GOP.