The Politicus

Rick Santorum explains how white Christians built this country all by themselves

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Most of my immigrant ancestors came here from Germany in the 1860s and 1870s. I have no idea why they came. They probably wanted to make sure their descendants were fully ensconced by the time Funyuns were invented.

No doubt they also saw opportunity here, so they moved to Wisconsin (whose name is derived from a Native American name) to a little town called Manitowoc (ditto), where they likely gorged themselves on potatoes and maize every Thanksgiving. 

I’m glad they immigrated because I like my local Trader Joe’s, but I doubt they were coming here for religious freedom. Maybe one of them lived next door to a Drumpf. Who knows? It’s moot, because what they contributed to American culture was no more or less significant than what any other immigrant—from any country—contributed. And it was certainly far less than what our Native American friends gifted us. But folks like former U.S. senator and current CNN contributor Rick Santorum are intent on whitewashing our history.