Disintegrating the Conservative Sweetheart

After the results from Super Tuesday showed a two-man race between Romney and Santorum, with Romney leading the delegate count but Santorum closing in, the theoretical threat level in America should have jumped to the brightest red. I wondered, how on earth can people possibly give this man any thought, beyond the urge to laugh in his face, and the only conclusion I came to was that they’re misinformed. So here are some important things to know.

Why not to vote for Rick Santorum:

He wants to combine church and state.
“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute.” – Santorum
Even though separation of church and state, i.e. religious freedom, was one of the foundations of our country.  He claims the founding fathers were strong Protestants – even though they weren’t, and that they’d intended to put forth a theocracy, even though the majority were deists who saw too many flaws in the religious organizations of the day and felt that theocratic systems worked contrary to freedom and progress. 

He threatens to murder international scientists.
“I think we should send a very clear message that if you are scientist from Russia or North Korea or from Iran, and you are going to work on a nuclear program to develop a nuclear bomb for Iran, you are not safe.” – Santorum
Good call, Santorum. That’ll improve America’s international appeal.

He refuses to acknowledge the existence of an entire group of people because they don’t follow his religion.
“There are no Palestinians. All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. There are no Palestinians. This is Israeli land.” – Santorum
There actually ARE Palestinians, but we all know if it were up to Santorum, the little enclaves of land they are currently allowed to occupy in Israel (The West Bank and the Gaza Strip) would disappear.

He doesn’t believe in science or its “theories” (i.e. evolution, global warming).
“[T]he idea that man, through the production of CO2 … is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors.” – Santorum
“What we should be teaching are the problems and holes and I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution.”- Santorum
Even with theology in mind, most of the scientific community recognizes these “theories” as the obvious, most logical explanations to those things which we observe in everyday life. But creation theory seems totally plausible too…NOT.

He’s pro-life (meaning he believes women should have no choice in abortion and that it should be illegal).
(During An interview) QUESTION: Do you believe that there should be any legal exceptions for rape or incest when it comes to abortion?
SANTORUM: I believe that life begins at conception, and that that life should be guaranteed under the Constitution. That is a person.
QUESTION: So even in the case of rape or incest, that would be taking a life SANTORUM: That would be taking a life, and  I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion, should be criminally charged for doing so.
I don’t really understand why this is even a topic up for debate. There is nothing that could give rights of a woman to her body to any man, doctor, politician, or whathaveyou. THEN, the fact that Santorum disregards the trauma of a rape or incest (which ARE, in fact, crimes in this day and age, though they were allowed in the Old Testament) is dispicable. No one should have a say in the matter except the woman whose body is up for debate – and that includes the rights to contraception, which he doesn’t believe in, even those used to stem hormone imbalances. NEWSFLASH: 98% of Catholic women use birth control, because people don’t have sex for the sole purpose of procreating anymore. Santorum wishes it were so, but it’s unrealistic, and would lead only to an expotentional increase in the country’s population. His views serve only to dehumanize women, to the point where they are reduced to ovaries, with the sole purpose of pumping out babies.

He thinks “freedom of religion” doesn’t include “freedom FROM religion” and that those who don’t believe in Christianity are out to destroy it.
“The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical.” – Santorum
Speaking of historical inaccuracy…
“When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it…we’re a long way from that, but if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road.” – Santorum
As Jon Stewart said, “how do you hear ‘all faiths are welcome’ as ‘no faiths are welcome’?

He’s blatantly against giving rights to gay American citizens.
“In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. … It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.” – Santorum
“Let’s look at what’s going to be taught in our schools because now we have same sex couples being the same and their sexual activity being seen as equal and being affirmed by society as heterosexual couples and their activity.” – Santorum
His hatred is so false, prejudicial, and demeaning, it speaks for itself.

He thinks Obama’s objective at providing the means for all children to have a college education is elitest.
“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob!”  –  Santorum
The idea is that every child should be given the OPPORTUNITY to go to college, because unlike for you and your prep school friends you met when you got your multiple degrees at Penn State, for some, college is even beyond a inconceivable dream.

He blames the little people for the country’s problems.
“We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it’s falling apart because of single moms. What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals.”
He blames problems with welfare on “aliens”, “drug addicts”, and “children with disabilities.
“You have a lot of testimony indicating that parents are coaching their children to stay in that situation in order to receive benefits.” – Santorum
So it’s not the fault of the 1%. I’ll go tell my single parent mother as soon as I get out of my jail cell to go on probation.

He’s completely contradictory.
I believe that all human life is sacred.” – Santorum But he’s for the death penalty. “We’re not talking about innocent human life.” – Santorum
And he’s the most CONSISTENT of all the Republican Primary Candidates.

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About Taylor Johnson

This is my fourth year as a Brahma and my third year with publications, of which I'm co-Editor in Chief this year. I believe in rights for everyone, love animals, and am very opinionated.

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