Crazy, hateful Rick Santorum

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has received a lot of attention over the last week or so because of his surprise surge in Iowa. Personally, I haven’t taken Rick Santorum seriously in many, many years. Remember that Mr. Santorum was a senator from Pennsylvania during the early years of the Bush administration and was an avid cheerleader for the war. He believed in weapons of mass destruction. In June 2006, long after we knew there were no weapons of mass destruction, Rick Santorum called a press conference. He said he knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. The stupidity of this single move cannot be overestimated. There’s a difference between being a thoughtful senator and someone who calls a press conference in 2006 based on a document from 1991.

In my opinion, Rick Santorum is no different than Rick Perry, except his hair just isn’t as nice. He says things that are half-baked and poorly thought out. Here are just a few of the things that have emanated from Rick Santorum:

1) ANNUL ALL SAME-SEX MARRIAGES: Arguing that gay relationships “destabilize” society, Santorum wouldn’t offer any legal protections to gay relationships and has pledged to annul all same-sex marriages if elected president. During his 99-county tour of Iowa, Santorum frequently compared same-sex relationships to inanimate objects like trees, basketballs, beer, and paper towels and even tried to blame the economic crisis on gay people. As Santorum explained back in August, religious people have a constitutional right to discriminate against gays: “We have a right the Constitution of religious liberty but now the courts have created a super-right that’s above a right that’s actually in the Constitution, and that’s of sexual liberty. And I think that’s a wrong, that’s a destructive element.”
2) ‘I’M FOR INCOME INEQUALITY’: “They talk about income inequality. I’m for income inequality,” Santorum said during an event in Pella, Iowa in December. “I think some people should make more than other people, because some people work harder and have better ideas and take more risk, and they should be rewarded for it. I have no problem with income inequality.”
3) CONTRACEPTION IS ‘A LICENSE TO DO THINGS’: Santorum has pledged to repeal all federal funding for contraception and allow the states to outlaw birth control, insisting that “it’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
4) GAY SOLDIERS ‘CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN CLOSE QUARTERS’: During an appearance on Fox News Sunday in October, Santorum defended his support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by arguing that gay soldiers would disrupt the military because “they’re in close quarters, they live with people, they obviously shower with people.” He also suggested that “there are people who were gay and lived the gay lifestyle and aren’t anymore.”
5) OBAMA SHOULD OPPOSE ABORTION BECAUSE HE’S BLACK: During an appearance on Christian television in January, Santorum said he was surprised that President Obama didn’t know when life began — given his skin color. “I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people,” he explained.
6) WE DON’T NEED FOOD STAMPS BECAUSE OBESITY RATES ARE SO HIGH: Speaking in Le Mars, Iowa in December, Santorum promised to significantly reduce federal funding for food stamps, arguing that the nation’s increasing obesity rates render the program unnecessary.
7) ABORTION EXCEPTIONS TO PROTECT WOMEN’S HEALTH ARE ‘PHONY’: While discussing his track record as a champion of the partial birth abortion ban in June, Santorum dismissed exceptions other senators wanted to carve out to protect the life and health of mothers, calling such exceptions “phony.” “They wanted a health exception, which of course is a phony exception which would make the ban ineffective,” he said.
8 ) HEALTH REFORM WILL KILL MY CHILD: Santorum, who claims that Obamacare motivated him to run for president, told reporters in April that his daughter Bella — who was born with a genetic abnormality — wouldn’t survive in a country with “socialized medicine.” “Children like Bella are not given the treatment that other children are given.”
9) UNINSURED AMERICANS SHOULD SPEND LESS ON CELL-PHONE BILLS: During a meeting with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register in August, Santorum said that people who can’t afford health care should stop whining about the high costs of medical treatments and medications and spend less on nonessentials. Answering a question about the uninsured, Santorum explained that health care, like a car, is a luxury resource that is rationed by society and recalled the story of a woman who said she was spending $200 a month on life-saving prescriptions. Santorum told her to stop complaining and instead lower her cable and cell phone bills.
10) INSURERS SHOULD DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: Santorum sounded like a representative from the health insurance industry when he addressed a small group of high school students in Merrimack, New Hampshire in December. The former Pennsylvania senator not only defended insurers for denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, he also argued that individuals who are sick should pay higher premiums because they cost more money to insure.

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  1. Your piece on him was truly illuminating. I had not paid any attention to him. Thank you for showing me that he is indeed stupid. And since stupid does not change…he was stupid before, he is stupid now and will be stupid in the future.

  2. Sanctimonious Santorum would like to propel this nation back to the Middle Ages, with a few modern twists- perhaps privatized Debtors prisons. He probably thinks the Saudi’s Religious Police are a good idea. The religious liberty that is guaranteed by the Constitution also includes freedom from religion, hence the separation of Church and State. And to quote Barney Frank.. Republicans (like him) believe in small government- small enough to fit in your bedroom.

  3. What makes so many in-the-pubic-eye Conservatives sound like small-minded, control-obessed, Nazi greed mongers?  It’s easy to tell why Santorum (please, please look it up on google) has been the guy only slightly better known than John Huntsman (wait, is he running?).  He’s beyond the fringe, and getting attention now because everyone else got the turn at the spotlight and often laid eggs for a whole flock of ducks while they were there.  He advocates based on his narrow understanding of truth, morality and religion.  The problem is *not* that “If he becomes President…” because like Ron Paul that won’t happen.  The problem is that spewing their brands of hate and discrimination publicly makes such behavior more normalized, and therefore more socially acceptable.  This encourages a continuing de-evolution of the Constitution, of depersonalizing those we disagree with (like the popcorn popper I was in a long term relationship with) and the destruction of civic life.

    The American right has often relied on stirring up fear and hatred to get their way, and they themselves suffer the most from their ever increasing phobias.  Who knows when they will gain the self confidence to make their case without hyperbole and free of their own fear?  Soon, I most sincerely hope. 

  4. Santorum is plenty special. everyone needs to know how truly dangerous this guy is. He isn’t that smart. He says whatever is on his mind.
    Thanks for your comments.

    Errington C. Thompson, MD
    Trauma/Critical Care
    Sent from my iPad

  5. I had not worried about Santorum being a serious threat until his recent surge in the media and in the voting. He has a history of discriminatory and unjust policies which directly contradict what freedom means. I fear his hatred of minorities (as shown by his comments on “black” people and homosexuals), and I fear his hatred will gain him support by the superconservatives.

  6. Apparently, Santorum’s statements aren’t outrageous enough since Think Progress must place its own spin about his statements in bold print.

    How outrageous can Santorum’s statements be when the yell leaders at Think Progress must explain why the statements are outrageous. It’s like explaining the punch line to a bad joke.
     
    Anyway, which Santorum comment from TP would you nominate as either the craziest, most hate filled, most racist or most homophobic?

  7. I think that your characterization of Think Progress is way off the mark. I don’t see why explaining the context of the quotes are so wrong. “Yell leaders”??? Where did you get that one? 

    thanks for your comments. I think that the post speaks for itself. Santorum isn’t close to the best that conservatives have to offer. 

  8. I called Think Progress the “yell leaders” since bloggers all over the blogosphere are reposting their article. Also, Think Progress doesn’t attempt to engage Satorum’s comments in a minimally thoughtful way. Consider their blast against Santorum for recognizing a church’s constitutional right to discriminate. You think that they could acknowledge the 1st amendment and the free exercise clause as well as current precedent (no women priest in the Catholic Church).

     
    As for explaining why Santorum’s statements are outrageous, generally outrageous comments require no explanation (think Don Imus or Alan Comb’s recent slam on Santorum).
     
    However, TP doesn’t explain, they place their own spin on Santorum’s comments. For instance, in the first statement, the writers state that Santorum has pledge to annul same sex marriages. There is no quote cited. It’s simply TP’s spin.

  9. I have to admit I really don’t follow politics very closely. I decided to research Santorum a bit after a friend at work said that was who she was supporting. The more I have read the more sick to my stomach I feel. This man is more than crazy, he’s dangerous! I don’t get it. She seemed so normal. Maybe she was joking?

  10. I congratulate you are doing your research. Read is much as you can from as many sources as you can.

    Hopefully, your friend is joking. I’m sure there are some reasonable Republicans out there unfortunately, none of them are running for president.

    I appreciate your comments.

  11. to me, Rick Santorum is a desperate man. He will say anything in order to try to convince middle-class voters to support him. That would include bashing gays and scapegoating minorities.

    You made some excellent points. I appreciate your comments..

  12. This man wants a theocracy. So does the tea party. There is a reason why all the crazy groups associate themselves with the Tea Party.

  13.  If you follow Santorum’s thinking to its logical conclusion, you can
    surmise that he would want a constitutional amendment that eliminates
    that pesky Establishment Clause and makes the Roman Catholic Church the
    official state religion of the United States. You could put a Catholic
    Cardinal in the Department of Justice to prosecute people for crimes of
    “sexual immorality.”

  14. I don’t think that it’s illogical to believe  a behavior that is wrong  shouldn’t be  illegal (smoking for example). The reductio doesn’t seem to fit.

  15. I’m amazed at the level of silliness in the Republican discussions. Are there no serious candidates? Surely in a country of over 300 million people, you should be able to do better! I don’t think we would give serious news time to people who talk like Rick Santorum. I thank God my American mother married my Canadian father and moved to Canada. I’m sorry because the United States is a wonderful country in so many ways and I hate hearing the nasty, untrue gibberish being spouted by so many of your politicians.

  16. It is all about sound bite politics. It is all about getting your side riled up and passionate about your cause. There is no more thoughtful reasoning in American politics. 

    Thanks for your thoughts. 

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