Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Nelson Mandela passed away and the world continues to mourn his death.  Activist, political prisoner and former President of South Africa, Mandela brought about change in a segregated country and finally helped a nation heal from a tragic time in their country’s past.

World leaders and politicians have been expressing their condolences in the media.  President Obama will travel to South Africa to pay his respects to the most beloved leader.

I believe Rick Santorum, Republican darling and previous Republican Presidential candidate, said it best when he said on the Bill O’Reily Show:

“Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that. That’s the reason he’s mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed,” Santorum said. “But you’re right, I mean, what he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice, 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.”

Wait…apartheid and the fight to repeal Obamacare similar?  Let me think about it for a second….

Mr. Santorum, let  me be the first to say, “you NAILED IT.”

OMG…I mean the similarities to end apartheid and repeal Obamacare are so blindingly similar.  How did I not see it before?

The list on how these two things are similar is endless.  I immediately had a running list going.  Here are some of the highlights:

The intent is the same….

  • Apartheid means “the state of being apart”.
  • Republicans want to do anything possible to keep apart Americans from affordable healthcare.

It’s about prisoners…

  • Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison.
  • The Republicans held America prisoner with a 16 day shutdown in 2013.

It’s about race…

  • Apartheid was directed towards black Africans.
  • President Barak Obama is black.

It’s about voting…

  • Our nation’s politicians voted for and pass the Affordable Care Act making it law.
  • A huge segment of South African’s population couldn’t vote just because of the color of their skin.

It’s about hospitals…

  • Black Africans were forced to use separate hospitals under apartheid.
  • Obamacare gives access to hospitals and medical care for people who need it who may have been denied before because of lack of insurance coverage.

It’s about rich, white men..

  • Apartheid was supported by rich, white men.
  • The Republican party is mostly rich, white men.

A huge thank you Mr. Santorum for pointing out something that was so obvious I almost missed it.  One thing in all seriousness that I will say the two have in common is dedication…dedication by Nelson Mandela to end apartheid and dedication by the Republican Party to end Obamacare.

That is about all the two things have in common.  Nelson Mandela sacrificed much for the greater good of the African people.  He sacrificed his freedom for what he believed in.  The Republican Party can’t seem to see past their own interests for the greater good of the American people.  They can’t see that Obamacare is now law and stop bickering for the greater good of the country.

The two things couldn’t be any more different. 

And to think that some people think the Republican party has an image problem.  Just when I think the Republican Party is starting to get in touch with the American people, quotes like Mr. Santorum’s happen to remind us just how out of touch this party is.

I will say that as a Democrat…I hope that Mr. Santorum run for President again and that his party nominates him.  The defeat of this ignorance will be so sweet.

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3 thoughts on “Rick Santorum’s statement on Mandela- he NAILS IT!

  1. Dr. Ernest Evans says:

    It is very interesting how contemporary US politicians like to link whatever cause they are involved in to the great historic struggles of the 20th Century!! With Vietnam we were “fighting Hitler on the Mekong”–and Sec. John Kerry compared the crisis with Syria in Sept. 2013 to the Munich conference of 1938!! And, of course, the day Obamacare was passed John Lewis said it was like being back at those segregated lunch counters in North Carolina in 1960. In that sense Santorum comparing repealing Obamacare to the struggle against apartheid is fairly typical of the way US politicians act: To conservatives every foreign policy crisis is the next Munich, to liberals every domestic crisis is the next Selma. Of course, the reality is that it is hard to imagine a group less similar to Nelson Mandela than the current US political class: These people, on both sides of the aisle, are totally disinterested in running risks or paying costs for any cause, no matter how noble. This lack of conviction is, I feel, why they flock to someone like Mandela who had real convictions and was willing to pay an enormous cost for them. Take care!! Sincerely, Ernest Evans

    1. I think you REALLY nailed it-their lack of conviction draws them to figures like Mandela. Excellent comment! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Aimee

  2. Annette Burnsides says:

    Again, I’m glad I have you as my “spokesperson.” You said it perfectly.

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