Meet the GOP: Rick Santorum

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is considered by some to be a master of putting his foot in his own mouth, yet his campaign is still running neck and neck with that of Mitt Romney, racing for first place. The Wall Street Journal reports that Romney currently has 167 delegates, while Santorum has 87 delegates.

Over the span of the campaign, Santorum has made a habit of saying something which some voters find to be either offensive or delivering incorrect information. Here’s a few examples:

“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” 

“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob … Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”

“Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up.” Santorum on JFK’s 1960 speech about the importance of separation of church and state

“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.'” 

“I think the Democrats are actually worried he (Obama) may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims.”

“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.”

On abortion and contraception:

Santorum is a staunch opponent of abortion and personally opposes contraception, but says he believes contraception should be available to the public.

“The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion.”

 “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Euthanasia (ObamaCare):

In one speech, Santorum told the audience about a policy in the Netherlands in which the elderly will wear bracelets or carry cards which say “Do Not Euthanize”, as once they hit a certain quality of life, they can be euthanized. He claims that ten percent of people in the Netherlands die from being euthanized, with 5 percent being involuntary. Now, the Netherlands has taken offense to this claim, and  has stated that this is not the case. The New York Times checked this statement, and it is estimated that the number is closer to two percent and that each case is carefully reviewed by a panel before any decision is made.

On the issue of homosexuality…

Santorum has also made it a point to attack the gay community, to fight gay marriage, as he believes his faith condones. He believes that gay lifestyles are a choice. Santorum would like to see “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” reinstated. His statements have so offended the homosexuals of our nation that Dan Savage, a columnist and gay man, hosted a contest on his column to come up with a definition for the word “santorum”, which may be found here.

“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.”

“[Gay marriage] is an issue just like 9-11… We didn’t decide we wanted to fight the war on terrorism because we wanted to. It was brought to us. And if not now, when? When the supreme courts in all the other states have succumbed to the Massachusetts version of the law?”

“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?”

“You can say I’m a hater. But I would argue I’m a lover. I’m a lover of traditional families and of the right of children to have a mother and father… I would argue that the future of America hangs in the balance, because the future of the family hangs in the balance. Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”

So where does Santorum stand on the issues? I’ll try to summarize it for you.

Environmental Issues: 

Santorum stated that he believed “there is no such thing as global warming”. He proposes to “drill, drill everywhere”.

Foreign Policy: 

Santorum supported President Bush’s management of the wars and voted to invade Iraq as a Senator. He did not approve of Obama’s decision to bring the troops home. He has promised support for Israel, and has spoken strongly about possible military action in Iran to prevent them obtaining nuclear weapons.

Taxes and Budget Deficits:

Santorum has called for large cuts in federal spending to rein in U.S. national debt. If elected, Santorum has said that he would cut $5 trillion in government spending over the next 5 years by “immediately reducing federal non-discretionary defense spending”. Santorum generally supports tax cuts.

Immigration Policy: 

Santorum proposes to finish the fence on the border. He opposed the bill which Senator John McCain wrote which would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and offer them a path to citizenship.

Social Issues: 

Santorum opposes abortion in all cases, including rape and incest. Santorum voted for the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006 and said that if elected president, he would attempt to repeal gay marriages that had already happened.

Health Care: 

Santorum has stated that, if elected President, his first order would be to repeal ObamaCare. He proposes to increase access to health care by encouraging the use of Healthcare Savings Accounts and reducing the costs of privately provided health plans. As a Senator, Santorum voted against increasing Medicare benefits many times.

Jobs and Economic Growth: 

Santorum’s plan for economic growth and job creation largely relies on tax cuts and the elimination of job-killing regulations by cutting corporate tax rates in half.

However offensive, insane, or unreasonable he may sound, he has struck a chord with voters, as he has won primaries in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, and a meaningless victory in Missouri. As for now, it seems he is the runner-up behind Romney, but with a few more wins, he could overtake the race.

On the other hand, his mouth could be the very downfall of his race. Whatever the outcome, his bold strategy seems to be paying off with the American public.

(Note: This article does not reflect the views, opinions, or political affiliations of the author. Sorry, guys, that’s for me to know. I do, however, strongly urge that you do the research for yourself. Look up the candidates’ positions on the issues, know where they stand, so that you, as a voter, can make your choice as a well informed citizen of the United States. For more information of Rick Santorum, visit his website:http://www.ricksantorum.com/)

For part two of my Meet the GOP piece, I chose to write about Mitt Romney. You can view that here: https://bpete393.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/meet-the-gop-romney/

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About Benjamin D. Peters

Ben is a reporter for The Missouri Times. Missouri State University alum, degree in media. http://SeeDisclaimer.com View all posts by Benjamin D. Peters

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