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JANUARY 20, 2012 4:52PM

Rick Santorum's Greatest Hits, His Past As Prologue?

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"Our goal is exposing Rick Santorum to everyone who cares that his extreme agenda and his harsh and often hostile brand of politics has sought to divide us, coarsened our public conversation and simply failed to improve the lives of most Americans.", 2005, web site defunct

Rick Santorum is powerful and dangerous in the most insidious way. He voices, out loud and unapologetically, all the self-righteous, racist, sexist, crackpot beliefs that most politicians try to package in more "politically correct" terms.  

Fortunately for Pennsylvania and America, Santorum lost his US Senate seat in 2006. Not before he made many black marks on our system of government.

And not before he made some incredibly outlandish statements on a variety of personal and political and faith-based issues. 

Now he's back, with a vengeance. Spouting the same twisted messages. Don't be fooled into thinking his base is only fanatical Evangelicals. Right Wingnuts everywhere are finding his message, garbled though it may be, appealing.

I've been getting more concerned that no one seems to be taking the threat Rick Santorum could pose to our freedoms and liberties seriously. In any position of national power.

I did I little digging in the archives of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. If you have any doubts about the dangerous mind of the former Junior Senator from Pennsylvania, let's shine some light on the attitudes, agenda and often offensive statements of Rick Santorum and let his words speak for themselves.:

On Gay Marriage
"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."

Is this guy for real? Oh yeah, Big time. But does he have a dog?

On poverty-stricken unwed mothers:
"The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong."

So selling drugs or resorting to prostitution is more cost-effective?

On a woman's right to choose:
"But unlike abortion today, in most states even the slaveholder did not have the unlimited right to kill his slave."

Noooo. I wouldn't touch that one with a ten foot pole.

On working mothers:
"And for some parents, the purported need to provide things for their children simply provides a convenient rationalization for pursuing a gratifying career outside the home."

Yeah, we want to work to pay the mortgage and buy food because staying home is a pain in the ass.

On teaching the theory of evolution:
"I'm not comfortable with intelligent design being taught in the science classroom. What we should be teaching are the problems and holes ... in the theory of evolution"

I'm not comfortable with religion being taught in the science classroom.

On religious views and politics:
"All of us have heard people say, 'I privately am against abortion, homosexual marriage, stem cell research, cloning. But who am I to decide that it's not right for somebody else?' It sounds good, but it is the corruption of freedom of conscience."
National Catholic Reporter

On Senate Democrats and use of the filibuster:
"I mean, imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago, and the audacity of some members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule. It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942, "I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine."

How dumb do you have to be to invoke modern history's most evil name in furtherance of your cause? About as dumb as Rick Santorum, I guess.

On the disastrous Hitler comment above:
"I compared it [the filibuster] to something that Adolf Hitler didn’t do, as opposed to something he did do. And that’s a big difference. It was an attempt to make a joke. You probably have learned this in your career, I’m still learning that you don’t make jokes using Hitler."

There you go. A United States Senator has to learn not to make jokes about Adolf Hitler. That's the biggest joke of all. Now he's making a run for President. If we don't do something to stop him, the joke will be on us.

On priests molesting children:
"In this case, what we're talking about, basically, is priests who were having sexual relations with post-pubescent men. We're not talking about priests with 3-year-olds, or 5-year-olds. We're talking about a basic homosexual relationship. Which, again, according to the world view sense is a perfectly fine relationship as long as it's consensual between people. If you view the world that way, and you say that's fine, you would assume that you would see more of it."

HUH? Read that again. He's saying that because priests were having sex with teenagers, it must have been consensual, and therefore okay.

On why priests in Boston molested children:
"It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."

Right. Liberals made them do it. This one makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Or his.

Santorum told "Christianity Today" that "faith is a source of morality; it's a source of virtue; it's a source of reason. It's a tremendous influence on my worldview."

Great. Another member of The God Squad claiming to make critical decisions for America based primarily on his dedication to fundamental Christian beliefs.  

Somebody tell me, please, when did Jesus ever say, "Love thy brother as thyself, unless he doesn't agree with you 100%, in which case you should starve him, berate him, refuse to help him and tell him how to live his life."

There's a great weight of hypocrisy on America's shoulders. The Republican primaries are just beginning and already we're inundated with radical right wing candidates pontificating on their own Personal Relationship with God and their definition of Christian values.

All the while they've been breaking Commandments ... and the backs of average Americans whose lives are in their hands.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not questioning their faith. I'm expressing serious doubts about how well they practice what they presume to preach.

If Rick Santorum has a chance to lead, well, actually, I don't know what will happen. But I can guess.

"[The] right to privacy…doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution." Rick Santorum



All quotes are in the public record, and unless identified otherwise, were printed in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News.


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"Fortunately for Pennsylvania and America, Santorum lost his US Senate seat in 2006. Not before he made many black marks on our system of government."

Black marks or skid marks?
This guy's known to be dumb like a fox. Guard your chickens.
But does he have a dog?


Goats too!!! ;)
The most disturbing thing about Santorum's candidacy is the number of profoundly foolish people who support this moralistic moron. Santorum's earned his Google fame.
This guy is absolutely scarier than hell. Exceptional post...sharing. PSA status on this one...cover-bound! Thank you Sally!
P.S. I'm stealing the picture above as an example of Rick Santorum's health care plan!! ~:D
What we should be teaching are the problems and holes ... in the theory of evolution"

No, what we should be teaching are the holes in the "Biblical Truth" of Creationism. As if Santorum's other idiocies weren't sufficient cause to dismiss him as loon, now comes the news he wants to outlaw contraception in marriage.

As the bumper snicker says, "Lord save me from your followers".
Fantastic summary, Sally. I'm honestly scared by people like him. He'd happily take away every freedom we have and never lose sleep over it. Absolutely incredible.
It used to be a guy like this got fitted with a coat with long sleeves that tied in back.
I still can't make myself believe that he could ever actually win the nomination or the presidency. It's scary enough to see that he's gotten this far and has some solid support.
He has a dog every now and again... what an awful example of
a human
Thanks Sally
I cannot wait until one of this weasel's rattling skeletons comes falling out of his closet. That will be a banner day, and I hope it is in time to save us. What a lineup of Darth Vaders they are.

How could anyone even consider voting for a candidate who doesn't believe in a right to privacy? Taking away our rights affects everybody, all across the political spectrum. If Santorum can't figure that out he's dumber than I thought. As for his supporters - don't get me started!

How do you infect the willing with the simple common sense to avoid this kind of jack ass (there was another three letter word I almost used here)? It seems like they all line up to support the most evil people as long as they tack on that evangelical crap.
There have been lunatics and idiots since the beginning of time. And Ricky boy is extremely dangerous and malevolent in his intent. However, what worries me is not that voices like his are out there, it's the fact we have decided to rise them up.
Guy's a creep of the first magnitude. So are his staffers. Here's what one of them said in a leaked email about why Bachmann -- or any woman -- is unfit to be president:

Honest to whateverdeityyoubelievein, I can't get my mind around the GOP candidates.
"This one makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Or his."

His. I rest my case.
Dandy, ha! He really is full of it.

Tink, I'm sure he's compared somebody or something to a goat too.

Stim, that's exactly what worries me, how many supporters he has.

Muse, thank you. Not enough people realize how scary he is.

Tom, I love the bumper sticker.

desert_rat, he scares me too, a lot.
I don't believe that people like him actually believe in God so much as they believe in the power they can accumulate in God's name. And the sheeple will follow him because they want some of that power trickled down to them. Heaven help us if he wins. The primary OR the general election.
I used his pic in this post in a whole new light in my current post about love!!

There is NO ONE more frightening. ~r
The good news is Santorum doesn't look like he'll get within spitting distance of the White House. The bad news Gingrich or Romney look that they might.
As a Christian, it is extremely upsetting that he feels he speaks for all Chtistians. He does not in any way.
I hope your post gets a wide viewing. I could not believe what I read, not because I doubted you. Thanks for this exposé.
Great research Sally. May it never come in handy.
Thanks for the warning, Sally. I have some very gullible hens here.
In my view, this is what Free Speech is all about. It's not Rick (in)Santorum's message that worries me -- not at all. It's that his message is coming in Loud and Clear to enough people that he seems like he might be in the running for a few more states before he gets vetted out of the process.

And here lies the beauty of Free Speech. As much as we cannot comprehend the insanity of his hateful, bigoted (and I mean that not regarding color of skin, necessarily, it's a totally Us or Them point of view regarding his views) speech, the 1st Amendment allows us to see how many fucking stupid people are out there sucking it up like cream in a dish to a kitten. And that's useful.

My true concern lies in the general nature of the Republican constituency that stands up and cheers for ad hominem attacks against people calling their screed, their morals and their values into question. That they cheer for the sick without insurance (when they complain bitterly about Death Panels from Obamacare, which is modeled so closely to Mitt Romney's health care plan for his state that we should be calling it Mittcare instead) and clap for the gay soldier who died in combat (while they support the wholesale concept of leaving our soldiers out in the cold when they come home, wounded inside and out, without any concern for the fact they were fighting for a lie) and these people supposedly are about family values, while they stump for adulterers, cheaters, liars, homophobes with a history of sexual scandals, including with same sex partners.

And no matter how good any of their ideas are, we need to remember that one good idea in a rotten person does not a decent candidate make. Low moral fiber. Lacking in integrity. Hypocritically dishonest.

And yet, there are people out there, mesmerized by their pandering, hateful speech. We need to know that, for our own sake. If we ignore their appeal to a low quality mentality that revels in hatred, anger, blame and recrimination against some "Other" group that, when cast out, will somehow restore our American Exceptionalism (Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!) to it's former glory then we will be just as much to blame for their coming to power.

I personally cannot believe these fools would ever make it to the Office of President, but George H. W. Bush did, and he and Rick Perry both became Governors of Texas. So be warned, just because we cannot believe they can do it doesn't make it so.

Christians (including me) need to rise up and make noise, shout down this slimeball and the lies, hatred, and cruelty he attributes to the their God. Faith is a source of reason? Uh, look it up, asshole. "Faith implies complete, blind acceptance of something, especially of something not supported by reason." Maybe if he read a different book, he might know something bigger than what he creates in his closed little mind.
What a fun he's a hoot at parties...
You have to remember that Santorum is neck and neck with Ron Paul. The two cancel each other out. Santorum wants the Gov't in your bedroom and Paul wants the Gov't out of the economy and the Fed.

As long as each keeps attracting Republicans, Obama --- despite his low ratings --- might just be able to waltz back to the White House in November.
It's scary to say the least! I've also heard he wants to outlaw artificial birth control. As a catholic, I don't happen to believe in "artificial" birth control when natural birth control can be used, but it's strictly a "faith" matter, not a political issue! Where do these guys come up with their material? I wonder if they hire someone to come up with their ideas like some comedians do? (...or do all comedians create their own jokes?)
Santorum does serve a purpose. He allows us to see our collective self in a mirror. We have to consider not only the fact that he spouts this nonsense…but that a huge number of people adore him for doing so.

Good thread, Sally, about a decidedly bad egg.
Hi from Jerusalem, Sally.
Fortunately nobody seems to care about him and he will skulk back to wherever he was after Tuesday. The remaining problems are Newton and Willard.
what i don't get is how santorum (and many, many others like him) can say the stuff he does with a straight face. all i can assume is that he is either *so* dumb (no logic in any of this reasoning) or so brainwashed that it doesn't matter that what comes out of his mouth makes no sense.

i'd be delighted with him as the GOP candidate. almost any of them - rick the saint, loony grandiose newt or the brittle cardboard mitten - will do, sez this democrat. thanks for all the research, mustang sally. xoxo
Yes, yes, yes...and he's just too shiny! Needs a make up artist and an "exit, stage right!"
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For letting us all know more about RS...
This is a public service. I wish more people would do what you did here.

I wonder sometimes if the vile, anti-American, heathen hate speech of a santorum or a gingrich gets blunted in the context of Mittens more well packaged hate speech code. I think it does. People just don't see that these goes are flat out evil.

Which is why what you did here is so necessary.
God, I hate politics and I admit I DO like to keep my head in the sand...especially while these stupid Republicans are fighting it out. BUT, Sally, thanks for this. I really didn't know anything about Santorum and this definitly got my attention. As someone above me said - this is a "Public Service announcement"!
""[The] right to privacy…doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution." Rick Santorum
Don't count Santorum out. He's got a rabid block of supporters and is a valuable back room player. Read his words again. It's sickening to know how many share his views.
Oi! What century are we in? How do these people make it as far as they do? I'm...stunned. All the time, anymore.