Sunday, February 26, 2012

How Do I Email A Book From A Nook To A Schnook?

   Rick "he ought to be in a" Santorum is un-American. There. I said it. He's opposed to non-procreative sex, homosexuality,
 He's also stupid. But, more to that later.
   Today Santorum, who was rejected for re-election in his own state by the highest margin in history just six years ago, insulted the memory of a slain president and the character of a standing one. Where, oh where, do I begin?
   If you remember just two years ago, witch Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell, famously stated - in apparent seriousness - "So you're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?" Rick was just a baby idiot when John F. Kennedy, in what would unfortunately not be his final attempt to increase support in Texas, spoke before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Santorum took exception to this part of the speech:
   "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the President -- should he be Catholic -- how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him.
   Speaking at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in New Hampshire last October, Santorum said "earlier in my political career I had opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up.” He doubled down on the crazy today, saying on "Meet The Press," "To say that people of faith have no role in the public square, you bet that makes you throw up." Thinking that there is any chance at all that this uninformed, anachronistic throwback might become president is nauseating.
What Santorum takes exception to, specifically, is the opening of the statement. He also completely misunderstands both the Kennedy speech and the First Amendment. I have a copy of the Constitution on my Nook, and I'd love to send it to him. Santorum thinks the speech opposed the First Amendment. Let me say that again: Santorum thinks the speech opposed the First Amendment. You read; you decide:
   "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
   Just what I thought. Senator Kennedy was not saying religious people have no place "in the public square." Quite the opposite, really. His speech included this line that Santorum didn't read. I'm guessing here but I know I'm right: "I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment's guarantees of religious liberty."
   What a dope. Two months later, Kennedy would win the White House. Three years after that, he would die in Texas. Santorum was a young child when Kennedy was elected. I was in the first-grade when Kennedy was shot. Welcome to the big, mean, nasty outside world. I sat transfixed on the television coverage throughout the weekend. It felt like the walls were closing in, the sky was dropping, the floors were falling away. You know, I don't typically feel insulted by something someone says unless they say it about me, to me. This is an exception.
   If Santorum wants to  be a religious leader, in this country, the path typically goes through divinity school. If he wants to Lord over, pun intended, a theocracy, here's a few places he could go: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Malaysia and Mauritania. Before he does, he should bone up on Sharia Law. Then again, he seems to understand the Constitution about as well.
   Proving he can be a fool when referring to the living as well as the dead, Santorum also called President Obama "a snob" and his apology for burning the Koran "unacceptable." What is there to accept? You're not now nor will you ever be relevant. Here's his two latest dumbass remarks:
   “Not all folks are gifted in the same way,” Santorum told a crowd of more than 1,000 activists at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Mich. “Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts and ... want to work out there making things. President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.”
 “This is unacceptable,” Santorum said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The idea that a mistake was made — clearly a mistake, which we should not have apologized for — it was a mistake. There was nothing deliberate.. . .Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.”
   Maybe it's me, but I don't think a guy with three degrees believes thinking everyone should go to college is a snob. But, I was also shocked to read that only 30% of Americans are college graduates. And that's the highest percentage ever.
   I'll give Census Bureau Director Robert Groves the last word: “For many people, education is a sure path to a prosperous life. The more education people have the more likely they are to have a job and earn more money, particularly for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree.”

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