Rick Santorum, Presidential candidate, has declared in a speech in Mississippi that teleprompters should be illegal. No, not as a joke. No, not to satirize the dangers of an over-sized government. Rick Santorum, (Did I mention Presidential candidate?) in the most important two weeks of Primary Season is legitimately and sincerely proposing that the government outlaw teleprompters!
Here’s the quote, “See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter, because all you’re doing is reading someone else’s words to people.”
Man, even when that quote is italicized it still seems stupid.
First of all, ridding the world of teleprompters won’t achieve his goal because paper exists. It’s a sad, unfortunate fact but people will do anything to deliver a well prepared speech when running for President. And if teleprompters are outlawed these insincere deviants will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING to make sure they communicate their ideas effectively. This includes printing, memorization, and even writing things down BY HAND!
Second of all, I thought Rick Santorum was a ‘get the government out of my backyard’ Republican? I mean I understood when Rick went against that philosophy to limit the rights of gays or women…but limiting the rights of people who use teleprompters? Now you’ve gone too far, Rick! The government has no place limiting the liberties of the American people! I mean I have friends who use teleprompters! I feel like they deserve the same rights as the ‘off the cuff’ population.
If we say that it should be illegal for Presidential candidates to use teleprompters then what’s next? What about news anchors who rely on the words of the Jew-run media? And why stop at teleprompters? What about reading aloud in general? Should parents be allowed to read Dr. Seuss books to their children? Is that really fair? Shouldn’t they be giving their children stories in their own words? I mean if you really want everyone to speak in their own words you’re gonna have to do a lot better than outlaw teleprompters.
In all honesty though, I think this is a classic case of ‘don’t knock it until you try it’. Maybe Rick Santorum should use a teleprompter. I mean, if he had one to guide he probably would have never said something as dumb as, ‘we should make teleprompters illegal.’
- Santorum’s war on teleprompters (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Santorum: Romney uses teleprompters, I don’t – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- Take Away the Teleprompters – Forbes (forbes.com)