I know, I jumped all over the media for paying so much attention to the clown car carrying the Tea-GOP Presidential wannabees. But really, when they routinely say things this mind-numblingly stupid, you have to ask, why are these people getting any serious attention? Why aren’t they universally and relentlessly ridiculed?

Today, newly announced wannabe, Rick Santorum used June 6, the anniversary of D-Day, in which thousands of people were killed, to explain that the reason the Allies stormed ashore at Normandy was to have the “freedom” not to receive adequate health care when they came home or got old. Here’s Santorum today, via TPM:

. . . Santorum said, what he and Paul Ryan want to do is “give people the resources to go out and choose for themselves choose what’s best for themselves.”

Unlike Obama, he continued, who is spitting in the face of those Americans who fought on D-Day, 67 years ago today. “Almost 60,000 average Americans had the courage to go out and charge those beaches on Normandy, to drop out of airplanes who knows where, and take on the battle for freedom,” Santorum said.

“Average Americans,” he added. “The very Americans that our government now, and this president, does not trust a to make decision on your health care plan. Those Americans risked everything so they could make that decision on their health care plan.”

Nevermind that Americans has voted repeatedly for two centuries for Congresses to provide government-backed health care for the nation’s veterans, and veterans freely choose it when given the choice.

No, according to Santorum’s “logic,” when the Democrats want to preserve the current framework of Medicare, in which those over the age of 65 can choose to be insured directly by Medicare or instead choose to have equivalent or greater coverage via private Medicare Advantage plans paid by Medicare, that is denying choice to these Americans.

But when Mr. Ryan”s plan to end Medicare limits the future elderly to a voucher that, according to the CBO, falls thousands of dollars short of the premiums needed to purchase Medicare-equivalent coverage from private insurers, and then tells them they have to purchase private insurance — and purchase only from private insurers without the choice of traditional and cheaper Medicare — then according to Santorum, that’s giving Americans the kind of freedom that thousands of Allied soldiers died to protect.

Between Sarah Palin having Paul Revere firing shots and ringing bells to warn the British that America would one day be full of very stupid politicians, and Rick Santorum telling us that denying choice and leaving health care unaffordable is why Americans died at Normandy, I fear it’s unlikely the history profession will survive the assault. Quick, everyone, memorize a history book!

Paul Krugman summed it up today:

Is it just me, or is there a remarkable absence of D-Day related stories in today’s news? Maybe editors are too busy saving Ryan’s privatization.