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Rick Santorum Says the Darndest Things

Rick Santorum Says the Darndest Things

 

Written by Richard Schiffman, Common Dreams

If a recent poll is accurate, Rick Santorum is now the top dog of the Republican pack with 38% approval amongst GOP voters nationwide in contrast to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul. Whether Santorum can maintain this lead is another matter. Until now, the former Pennsylvania senator has not endured the kind of media scrutiny that Romney and Gingrich have received, although this is beginning to change.

The grandson of an immigrant coal-miner, Santorum employs the somewhat dorky appeal of his sweater vests and earnest man-of-the-people manner to attract blue-collar Republicans, who are put off by Romney’s patrician stiffness. But Santorum’s Mister Rogers looks belie a demagogic social message which makes even Newt appear like a pillar of reasonableness and moderation.”Everybody is guilty of some transgression somewhere against conservatism,” Rush Limbaugh has observed, “except Santorum.”

But the views that make Santorum a favorite of the controversial radio host may not endear him to the majority of voters. In playing to the fears and resentments of some Americans, the candidate has felt free to routinely offend most of the rest… women for example.

Responding earlier this month to a Pentagon announcement relaxing the ban on women serving in combat, Rick Santorum said that he was concerned because “of other types of emotions that are involved.” Wait a second, does he mean that women are too emotional, or who knows tenderhearted, to be trusted with guns and other emblems of macho power?

No, that’s not what he was saying, Santorum clarified in an interview with ABC News. It isn’t woman’s emotions that he’s worried about, but men’s: “My concern is that being in combat in that situation, instead of being focused on the mission, they might be more concerned about protecting a woman in a vulnerable position.”

Right, the protective instinct that soldiers don’t feel for other guys in their unit, God forbid, but only for members of the weaker sex– got ya! But wait, Santorum felt impelled to stick the proverbial foot still further in mouth with an assurance to Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin that, “It’s not a matter of not putting women in dangerous roles.” For example, women are “fully capable of flying small planes.”

Wow, that’s a relief, small planes are OK. What about helicopters, Rick? The B-1B bomber?

On the environmental front, Santorum called anti-fracking activists, (the people who don’t want methane gas to explode from your tap every time you turn it on) a “reign of environmental terror.” Ouch! What he neglected to mention is that– as Salon reported on Monday– senator Santorum was one of the top recipients of drilling company largesse, and he continues to rake in the big oil bucks in his campaign for the Republican nomination.

Flying in the face of the nearly unanimous scientific consensus on the manmade causes of climate change, Santorum has repeatedly dismissed global warming as a “liberal myth,” “bogus,” and “a hoax.”

“One of the favorite things of the left is to use your sentimentality, and your proper understanding and belief that we are stewards of this earth and we have a responsibility to hand off a beautiful earth to the next generation.” Santorum opined. “They use that and they have used it in the past to try to scare you into supporting radical ideas on the environment. They tried it with this idea, this politicization of science called man-made global warming… I stood up and fought against those things. Why? because they will destroy the very foundation of prosperity in our country.”

Well, that certainly sets the record straight! Those Bible verses advocating stewardship in the Book of Genesis and elsewhere were anti-capitalist agitprop all along. No doubt Santorum’s evangelical supporters will be relieved to learn that God never really intended for us to love and care for the world, but only to maximize corporate profits.

And while we’re on the subject of religion, Rick Santorum made an odd comment about the Crusades during a campaign stop in South Carolina: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom… What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.”

Now there’s something we haven’t heard from a politician in a while– a forthright defense of the Crusades, those bloody and ultimately quixotic campaigns of medieval armies to take back the Holy Land from the “infidels” (read Moslems and Jews.) Any thoughts on the Inquisition Rick?

Santorum prides himself on being a defender of religious values. Commenting on president Obama’s idea that insurers should cover the costs of contraception, the candidate predicted ominously: “What’s left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re a long way from that, but if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road.”

Whether Obama will “crush religion,” as Santorum darkly warns, and push for the decapitation of opponents of contraception is yet to be seen. But there are some folks that the Republican hopeful himself might wish to behead (or maybe castrate is more to the point.) That’s right gay people, whose sexuality Rick Santorum has famously compared to bestiality, “You know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.”

Not that Santorum has anything against homosexuals, mind you. “Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?”

Well, heck no Rick– not unless you have been having a kinkier relationship with your mother-in-law than you’ve been letting on.

Gays are not the only minority group that Santorum has got a beef with. “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” the candidate declared. “I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” Strange that he should single out blacks when poor whites far outnumber people of color on the Welfare and Food Stamp rolls. But, hey, let’s not confuse ourselves with facts.

And it is not just blacks and their predilection for mooching off white people to achieve better lives that irritate Rick Santorum, it’s the whole disorderly mess of American cultural diversity. “Diversity creates conflict. If we celebrate diversity, we create conflict.”

But wait– isn’t diversity what America is all about– you know, land of immigrants, religious liberty, the melting pot, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free? But apparently not. Rick Santorum’s America is tribe comprised of white, heterosexual, Christian (but not Mormon) males, whose bigotries he skillfully exploits.

That exclusivity might present a problem for him at the polls. If you add up all of the non-Christians, the 99% of woman who use contraceptives, the blacks, the browns, the poor, the recent immigrants, the gays, the tree huggers– all of the assorted Americans who Rick Santorum does not approve of– that is one heck of a lot of folks who likely wouldn’t vote for him, even if Rush Limbaugh’s man succeeds in winning the Republican presidential nomination in August.

This post was originally published by Common Dreams.

 

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12:10AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Perhaps this thread should be re-titled as "Michael A. The Troll Says the Darnedest Things."

11:12PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

LD B., did you chafe at that list of logical fallacies I presented to you, or what?

http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/

BTW, Anne C. seems to have laid down her arms.

11:00PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

It's time to play… Freak or Troll?

Question: The Daily Beast's Kirsten Powers; Freak or Troll?


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10:09PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Yes, Rick, please go ... far, far away.

Oh, and please take the your trolls with you.

9:56PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Go, Rick!

8:58AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

What a mess. Really, the only candidate talking about the issues and making any sense is Jill Stein of the Green Party, and no one is even listening.

Obama is the best choice of a group of bad choices and the Repugs are....well, repugnant. If the U.S. is supposedly the "greatest" country in the world, where are the leaders? The choices the repugs offer are so bad. They completely lack critical thinking and basically, sound like very dumb, ignorant people who have been given scripts to memorize.

The situation in the U.S. is simply scary.

3:49PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

If I understand correctly, Santorum wants to put women back where they belong, keep everyone blissfully ingorant (shame on Presidner Obama for wishing that every child have access to higher education...education, what a dirty word), let lobby groups exploit every single riches the Earth has to offer, all of this in the name of the Mighty God Jesus, Halleluia ! You poor, poor Americans. It is very sad to see your politicians in action...and regular folks gobling up everything they say ! I guess that's what ignorance will do : create little sheeps incapable of thinking for themselves and in dire need of a strong leader to tell them what to do. Good luck !

6:39PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

I am old enough (just) to remember the vitriol that came from Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, who literally sent America into a state of fear. Lives were ruined as a result.

Santorum reminds me of such a person. We should be very very very afraid of people like Santorum. The jest is that people hope he's nominated so that he will be soundly trounced. NOT a good idea. Letting this maniac spread his evil is a horrible idea.

5:15PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

If Rush Windbag likes him that's enough for anyone with a brain to stay away from Rick Sanctimonious. Of course, all the others are pretty pathetic too.

5:03PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Rick Santorum's comments about JFK really disgusted me. He won't be happy until the US becomes a theocracy, like European countries during the Middle Ages where the Church had absolute power. Has this guy ever heard of the Constitution? (I'm sure he never read it!)

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