Rick Santorum is, without a doubt, one of the best sources of this election cycle’s comedic gold. While his somewhat-nerdish-but-easily-forgiveable button-down shirt and sweater vest fashion sense could meld well with a charming and down to earth personality, he goes instead for the serial-killer-in-suburbia creep factor by convincing you within 20 seconds of opening his mouth that he truly believes he has a direct line to the Almighty Himself and is willing to do whatever He wants no matter the cost.
I used to see this guy as the male version of Sarah Palin, only less photogenic and far less likely to be in a position of power. Not anymore. Now – because of a party-wide dissatisfaction with Romney and a refusal to take Ron Paul seriously, his getting the nomination is a very real possibility. The man, in my opinion, is a complete loon. I’m not saying this because he’s a Republican, even if I generally disagree with their overall worldview. I’m saying this because I honestly think he’s crazy. Or maybe just deluded. Either way, I would happily take Romney over this guy if I were forced to vote anyone from the GOP into office. (I would prefer the Romney of 2000, though … Candidate Romney looks like he’s trying too hard.)
This is a quote from Santorum during the Thanksgiving Family Forum on November 19 of last year:
“America is a country that was founded on the concept that our rights come to us from our creator, come to us from God. He doesn’t say just do whatever you want to do with them, in fact he has laws we must abide by. In our case we have civil laws, but our civil laws have to comport with higher laws,”
In other words, he believes that the laws of 21st century society need to be held accountable to the those based on some unobserved supernatural being that people wrote about during the Bronze Age to justify their acts of brutality.
… with what can only be described as a pathological obsession with sex. In case this isn’t clear, this is an excerpt from his website:
Executive Orders, Rulemaking and other Executive Branch Actions
- Repeal Clinton-era Title X family planning regulations, and will direct HHS to restore the separation of Title X family planning from abortion practices and restore a ban on referrals for abortion
- Reinstitute the Mexico City Policy to stop tax-payer funding or promotion of abortion overseas
- Ban federal funding for embryonic stem cell research
- Restore conscience clause protections for health care workers
- Defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court
- Ban military chaplains from performing same sex marriage ceremonies on military bases or other Federal properties
- Repeal Obamacare mandate for contraceptive services in healthcare plans
- Re-direct funds within HHS so it can create a public/private partnership with state &local communities, not-for-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations for the purpose of strengthening marriages, families, and fatherhood
- Veto any bill or budget that funds abortion or funds any organization that performs abortions including Planned Parenthood
I don’t even have to infer that these actions are because of his firmly held – and completely unconstitutional – belief that the secular law of this country should be consistent with Christian Biblical law. He said it himself. He doesn’t even bother to cover up the fact that he thinks the First Amendment is for suckers. The rest is just gravy really:
- Call on Congress to abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Advocate for a Personhood Amendment to the Constitution
- Call on Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
- Advocate for a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution
- Call on Congress to reinstitute Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell
- Call on Congress to pass the Workplace Religious Freedom Act
- Call on Congress to reinstitute 2008-level funding for the Community Based Abstinence Education program
- Advocate for a federal law permitting schools to allow prayer at graduations, football games and other school functions
Shall we go through the list? He wants to discriminate against homosexuals, which is purely motivated by religion since there has been no evidence to date that supports that gay marriage / adoption / military service harms anyone other than the sensibilities of some Christians. In fact, the Army lost a number of Arabic translators because they were outed as homosexuals. I guess winning the War on Brown People is less important than maintaining a hetero-pure armed forces.
He wants to re-institute the tragically un-scientific abstinence-only “education” program that will ensure children don’t have the first clue how to protect themselves when they first become sexually active. He is convinced that the entire problem of premarital sex will go away if we simply tell children to not have sex. This mentality extends to marriage, of course, where the only goal of sex is procreation – NEVER PLEASURE. Why he doesn’t have anything in his platform about older / infertile couples not being allowed to tie the knot it beyond me. Maybe he forgot about them.
He also has absolutely no idea what constitutes science in any practical context. He said this about the teaching of the fact and the theory of evolution in public schools: “Science will only allow things in the classroom that are consistent with a non-creator idea of how we got here, as if somehow or another that’s scientific.” Seeing how there’s no observable evidence for a creator, it’s the only thing we can do. Yet he wants to be able to say “God did it” and call it science.
Most importantly, he wants to make sure that not only do people have the right to exercise their religion, but they should have the right to exercise it on you … in very real, measurable, and dangerous ways. Ideally when you are in need of some kind of emergency medical procedure or some other situation where time is of the essence (like an early abortion, the morning after pill, tubal ligation, anything to do with a woman’s reproductive system, etc.), any licensed medical professional reserves the right to refuse service because of what they believe. Even if that means violating your right to not be discriminated against with regard to getting medical care.
Yet after all of this … after saying he wants to institute Biblical law in America and force the entire country to live by his interpretation of Christianity … he has the chutzpah to say this:
Earlier in the day, the former Pennsylvania senator charged that Obama’s agenda is “not about you … It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible.“
“The president has reached a new low in this country’s history of oppressing religious freedom that we have never seen before,” he said. “If he doesn’t want to call his imposition of his values a theology, that’s fine, but it is an imposition of his values over a church who has very clear theological reasons for opposing what the Obama administration is forcing on them.”
Let’s skip over the fact that no political policy should be based on any theology at all, and go right to the part where he’s committing one of the most unconscionable examples of psychological projection that I’ve seen in years. I’ve commonly relied on the tactic of identifying what the GOP does based on what they’re accusing the president of doing during any particular week. But this bald-faced hypocrisy is so over the top I have to commend him. The entire list of executive orders and congressional directives are derived from his interpretation of the Bible … yet he has the audacity to complain about the church (as well as every other institution) has to follow the secular law of the state by not inflicting their religion on other people against their will.
Oh, and this is his schedule for the next few days, thanks to DailyKos:
Friday, 2/17: Speaking at Faith & Freedom Coalition rally
Saturday, 2/18: Speaking at Ohio Christian Alliance Freedom Lunch
Sunday, 2/19: Rally at First Redeemer Church in Georgia.
Monday, 2/20: Rally at Hope College, a Catholic institution
See a trend? He knows where his priorities are, and where he’ll get the biggest draw. I don’t blame him. In fact, I honestly don’t blame him for even holding these views. It’s the fact that people seem to think he deserves as much of a chance to run this country as Mitt Romney. I can sympathize with the people who look at ol’ Mittens and not see someone they can trust or even like … but much like a Hillary Clinton supporter voting for McCain because she lost the primary, the alternative may not be the best option.
I don’t just disagree with Santorum. His philosophy and his worldview are based completely on a belief in some supernatural being telling him what to do, and he will do everything he can to get everyone else to live by the same standards. That is not the sign of a normal, stable person. You can have your beliefs, and you can talk to your god, but when you give the impression that he’s talking back to you, there’s a problem.
Yet he’s presenting a serious problem for Romney. People like his message. After everything he’s said – including accusing Obama of engaging in eugenics because of the contraception mandate – people think he’s a legitimate contender for both representing and running this country. We’ll see how they feel when he outlaws pornography, condoms, and no-fault divorce. People will flee to Canada so fast the axis of the Earth will shift.