If you were to go on to Google and type in “santorum”(Minus the quotes of course.), what you’d find wouldn’t be the nicest thing in the world. Now..I won’t type out what pops up at that search, but despite it’s not being all that nice, I find it more than deserving and fitting.
Before I begin digging into him, here’s a bit of information about the guy. Richard John “Rick” Santorum is a lawyer and politician, and 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). As a Senator, Santorum was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, making him the third-ranking Senate Republican from 2001 to 2007.
Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is especially well-known for his strong social conservative positions,his role in enacting welfare reform in 1996, and his views on U.S. foreign policy towards Iran.
Santorum is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 election. He formed a presidential exploratory committee on April 13, 2011, and formally announced his candidacy on June 6, 2011. After running in the bottom tier of candidates for months, Santorum gained significant momentum in the weeks before the Iowa caucuses, and scored a significant second-place finish in the caucuses with just eight votes fewer than the first-place finisher Mitt Romney.
Beneath that politicians smile lies a man filled with ignorance; and not the blissful kind. In a Fox interview, Rick Santorum had some… interesting things to say on the topic of gays in the military. During the interview, a clip was played in which he was heard to say (when asked by a gay soldier “Do you intend to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”) “Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military and the fact that they’re making a point to include it to a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privileged to…in removing “don’t ask, don’t tell” I think tries to inject social policy into the military.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a yes if ever I’ve heard one.
If that’s not enough, in an interview with Associated Press reporter Lara Jakes Jordan, when asked for his position on the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, Santorum said that the scandal involved priests and post-pubescent men in “a basic homosexual relationship” (not child sexual abuse), which led the interviewer to ask if homosexuality should be outlawed.
- he did not have a problem with homosexuals, but “a problem with homosexual acts”
- the right to privacy “doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution”
- sodomy laws properly exist to prevent acts which “undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family”
How does one not have a problem with homosexuals yet have a problem with homosexual acts? It’s like saying “I like black people, but I don’t like them doing things that black people do.” It’s ridiculous.. to say the very least.
When Jordan asked “Okay, without being too gory or graphic, so if somebody is homosexual, you would argue that they should not have sex?” Santorum’s response concluded:
“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. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality —” (At this point, Jordan commented, “I’m sorry, I didn’t think I was going to talk about ‘man on dog’ with a United States senator, it’s sort of freaking me out,” coining a phrase widely used in connection with this incident.)
In the original version of the Associated Press story, Santorum was quoted as saying:
“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”
It also included additional remarks criticizing “homosexual acts”:
“Whether it’s polygamy, whether it’s adultery, whether it’s sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family.”
Jordan produced a recording of the interview, after allegations of bias were leveled against her because she is married to a Democratic strategist.
This is a man who wants to be the President of the United States. A man who’s shown more ignorance than intelligence through his running for the most powerful office in the country. I don’t claim to be any sort of prophet, soothsayer, doomsayer or the like, but I’m pretty sure that if a man such as Rick Santorum was to win the office of President, this country, if not the world might as well be as doomed as those who believe in the Mayan calenders think it to be. As much as I value free speech.. and I do, it’s always sad when someone takes a gift like that and wastes it spouting such garbage. This is why “santorum” is just another dirty word.
Before I go, I’ll leave you with this gem of a video I found.: