I'm having a really hard time holding back my anger at the words of Rick "he ought to be in a" Santorum. I mean, every single day he espouses these hideous beliefs that would have made him a perfect Republican presidential candidate ... in 1952. He's an equal opportunity offender. And, what really bothers me is that I suspect this clown's closet makes Fibber McGee & Molly's (Google it, kids) look neatly arranged by comparison.
I also don't like the free pass the media is giving him. As someone who wouldn't vote for a Republican if I was sleeping with her, I'm leaning toward believing that somehow the media is laying off of him in the belief that he will eventually self-destruct. But, only after Rooster has mortally wounded Willard to the point that Republican voters vote with their feet and stay home on election night. Here's a few reasons to question his sanity, his appropriateness to hold office, his status as a man, a Catholic. And whatever else turns up.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, he was given the nickname Rooster for both a cowlick and his stridency when defending political positions. After graduating from the Dickinson School of Law in 1986, one of his first clients was the World Wrestling Federation. He was successful in having professional wrestling exempted from federal anabolic steroid regulations because it's entertainment and not sport. So, he's for the use of steroids.
He was first elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, at age 32. He upset a 7-term Democrat by the margin of 51%-49%. During the campaign he criticized his opponent for living outside the district most of the year. This would come back to haunt but not daunt him.
Santorum beat incumbent Democratic Senator Harris Wofford 49%-47% in 1994 and barely kept his seat in 2000, defeating Rep. Ron Klink 52%-46%. In 2006, Santorum was dealt the largest defeat in state senatorial history, losing to Bob Casey Jr. 59%-41%.
Santorum showed signs early of his strict conservative positions. As part of a Senate panel tasked with combating anti-Semitism in American colleges, Santorum drafted language on "ideological diversity" that was branded by "Race & Class" magazine as essentially espousing "policing thought."
From the start, he just says stupid shit. Mean shit. Unthinking, closed-minded shit. He was one of only two senators to vote against confirming Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, because Gates believed we should talk with Iran and Syria. Speaking in favor of enhanced interrogation, he said last year that America's most famous victim of torture, Sen. John McCain, didn't understand how the process worked.
During his ill-fated re-election campaign of 2006, Santorum faced his own residential questions. He admitted to spending "maybe a month a year" at his Pennsylvania home, critics pointed out that state taxpayers were paying 80% of the tuition for 5 of Santorum's children to attend an on-line cyber school. This benefit was available only to Pennsylvania residents. After the school district billed him $73,000, he pulled his children from the school, suggesting they were being used as political pawns by his opponents.
Beyond doubt, the dumbest positions he espouses are in the area of women's rights. He essentially believes they don't have any. While in the Senate he blamed "radical feminism" for making it "socially affirming to work outside the home." He also switched from supporting Willard to Grandpa John in 2008, saying his selection of Shecky Palin was a step in the right direction.
He doesn't believe a right to privacy is part of the Constitution, despite the 4th and 14th Amendments. He's opposed to homosexuality, same-sex marriage, birth control. He believes intelligent design is "a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes," and "What we should be teaching are the problems and holes in the theory of evolution."
He's opposed to the National Weather Service providing weather information free to the public when private sector entities were in place to sell it, after getting a $10,500 donation from AccuWeather, the commercial weather company based in Pennsylvania. Among his arguments: that evacuation warnings for Hurricane Katrina were "insufficient." He also coined the phrase "Islamic fascism.
Lately, though, more and more Santorum is seemingly walking away from the female vote. He's said that contraception is a "license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." Then complains that President Obama wants to "rule over you." In 2003, he juxtaposed same-sex marriage with pedophilia and bestiality during an AP interview:
"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality —" (At this point, interviewer Lara Jakes Jordan commented, "I'm sorry, I didn't think I was going to talk about 'man on dog' with a United States senator, it's sort of freaking me out."
Santorum went on, ""If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, whether it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family."
We all remember the Fox News/Google-sponsored debate in Orlando last September, when a gay soldier asked via satellite if the candidates would take measures to "circumvent" the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don' Tell." After hearing the solider booed by the crowd, and not defending him, Santorum called the repeal "social experimentation and tragic."
"I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- and removing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend our country."
Just today came this lie: His views are not "anti-science" as Democrats claim, Santorum said. "When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones. We are the ones who stand for science, and technology, and using the resources we have to be able to make sure that we have a quality of life in this country and (that we) maintain a good and stable environment."
And there was this: "The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer, is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person, human life is not a person, then, I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'we're going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"
Unemployment is down, hiring is up, the Dow-Jones is 5,000 higher than it was under Shrub, no one cares about Romney, Gingrich can't run away from his past and Ron Paul is an extreme nutcase. So, let's go after women. I'm surprised he doesn't support rescinding women's right to vote. Although, if he keeps it up, he'll accomplish taking the female vote away. From himself.