Posted by: Scott Groves | January 11, 2012

Senator Rick Santorum

Senator Rick Santorum.  Definition 1. an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives (1991-1995) and the U.S. Senate (1995-2007). While a senator, Santorum was chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, making him the third-ranking Senate Republican from 2001 to 2007.

Definition 2.  Victim of a “google-bomb” perpetrated by those who disagree with his stance on homosexuality and gay-marriage in an attempt to forever link his name with a foul definition.

Definition 3. Sacrificial lamb offered up by the Republican party for the 2012 election, which I don’t really believe Obama can lose, while better candidates like Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie sit out till 2016.

Do I agree with Santorum using the terms “gay-sex” and “bestiality” in the same sentence?  No.

Do I think having a father in jail is better than having two gay dads?  Absolutely not.

Am I a Christian who uses religion as a means to demonize the behavior of others?  Of course not.  [Side Note – Although I was baptized a Presbyterian, I don’t practice any religion and have very little faith in those who I consider to be bible-thumpers].

Do I think Senator Rick Santorum will use the position of the President to governor the country by the bible?  Absolutely not.  He hasn’t done it as a Congressman or Senator, why would he do it as a President when he would have an even larger staff and voting block to hold him accountable?

Do I think people who are true believers in Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) are less intelligent then those “non-believers” who consider themselves “enlightened”?  Nope, I actually think religion is a world-wide net positive.

My point for posting these definitions and rhetorical questions is two-fold.

1.  If a group of racist pricks got together and manipulated the Google algorithm so that Nigger (or some other such offensive racist term) was the first hit when you typed the words President Obama- I’m virtually certain Google would subtly fine-tune their matrix so that the offensive link was removed.  I don’t want Google to be the absolute controller of information; however, I do think Google has a responsibility to be fair and promote a political arena that is based on substance and not manipulation.  Google’s corporate motto is “don’t be evil”.  I believe allowing search results posted by their company to be so easily manipulated is in someways evil.

2.  Whatever I think of Santorum’s social views, he has a history of not letting his religious beliefs dictate his political and public policy.  Unlike our current President and most of Congress, he has a track record of gaining support from, and working cooperatively with, Democrats.  A quick review of his Wikipedia page will probably make open-minded liberals stop to compare what they “think” they know about Santorum versus what is the reality of his political career.  Much of what Santorum has accomplished during his time in office leads me to believe he has some traits that may make him worth voting for.

For example:

  • Although the 18th District, where Santorum was elected to the House of Representatives, was redrawn for the 1992 elections, and the new district had a 3:1 ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans, Santorum still won re-election with 61% of the vote.  In one of the largest bi-partisan elections of a public official that year, Santorum had the overwhelming support of Republicans and Democrats.
  • In 2006, U2 front man Bono told New York Times columnist David Brooks, “I would suggest that Rick Santorum has a kind of Tourette’s disease; he will always say the most unpopular thing. But on our issues, he has been a defender of the most vulnerable”
  • While in Congress, Santorum supported efforts to fight global AIDS, provide assistance to orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries, combat genocide in Sudan, and offer third world debt relief. He also supported homeownership tax credits, offering savings accounts to children from and rewarding savings by low-income families, funding autism research, fighting tuberculosis, and providing housing for people with AIDS. He supported increased funding for Social Services Block Grants and organizations like Healthy Start and the Children’s Aid Society, and financing community health centers
  • Unlike our current President, Santorum, due to his duties while a Senator, seems to have a deep understanding of the issues and potential conflicts that could come from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
  • In 2005, Santorum sponsored the Iran Freedom and Support Act, which appropriated $10 million aimed at regime change in Iran. The Act passed with overwhelming support.  He said Iran was at the center of “much of the world’s conflict” but was opposed to direct military action against the country in 2006.

Overall, Santorum has some many pros and many cons as a candidate and as a potential President.  However, there is no way that most of his quotes are farther out of the mainstream than Obama’s pre-Presidential comments.  Don’t forget, Obama’s spiritual leader for two decades was this guy


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