Rick Santorum: Don't Know Much About History

Rick Santorum, pictured here with his smart glasses

It's a shame the “Shit X says” meme is dying out, because Rick Santorum is on a roll. In related news, the “Rick Roll” meme seems to have died, too. Shame, that.

It was American philosopher George Santayana who famously noted that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But you and I wouldn't know that, according to GOP presidential hopeful Santorum. Per the candidate, “seven or eight of the California system of universities don't even teach an American history course. It's not even available to be taught.”

Since Santorum has claimed President Obama only wants more Americans to attend college so they can be indoctrinated into a secular worldview — he really said this — perhaps it's for the best we can't take American history courses here. Except we can. Of course we can. You can take American history courses in the history department of every California State University and University of California school (you can even study the history of health sciences at UC San Francisco, a medical school).

But while Santorum was inescapably wrong and his speech was a pretty good real-world definition of the term “blathering,” this much is true: Just because California college students can take American history courses doesn't mean they have to. 

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