Faith and Santorum


It’s known in the Rick Santorum campaign as “The Santorum Google problem.” The problem is that if you Google “Santorum,” the first result is either extremely offensive or hilarious.

Definition number one: “The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” And therein lies the problem.

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is now the flavor of the week in the Republican Presidential primary. That is to say, in this election cycle, Republican front-runners change like pairs of socks.

Santorum is a religious nut, providing no spiritual fruit for anybody other than extreme right-wing Christians. He criticizes President Obama for not taking the country down the path of the Bible, yet pays almost no lip service to the Constitution, something American conservatives have traditionally held in high regard. In his words, “Satan has its sights on the United States of America! This is a spiritual war.”

That’s odd. Isn’t there something about freedom of religion being in our Constitution? Oh that’s right, it’s covered in the First Amendment. In fact the motto of America was E. Pluribus Unum (Out of One, Many) until it was changed in 1956 to “in God We Trust.” The Pledge of Allegiance and the dollar didn’t contain the word God until the mid-1950s either. Back then religion was used to control people’s thoughts because the American oligarchy was afraid of communism. Maybe communism and the devil go hand in hand?

Because Santorum is a religious extremist, he is also vehemently opposed to gay marriage. Santorum is so opposed to gay marriage, he feels morally compelled to amend the Constitution. Only a tyrant would look to criminalize an individual for marrying the person he or she is in love with.

His faith guides him on his view towards abortion, saying doctors who perform abortions should be “punished.” That is a bit contradicting, as he said himself, “I was pro-choice before I ran for Congress.”

As far as conservatives are concerned, Santorum is a lobbyist and has been since the 1980s. He doesn’t even try to hide it like his good buddy Newt Gingrich. He won the  Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota caucuses on Feb. 7 and is looking at good numbers in the born-again South, but he can’t carry the conservative field. Too many Americans are sick of the theocratic rhetoric of the Tea Party establishment. Thomas Jefferson wanted to build “a wall of separation between Church and State.” Truth be told you only need a three-and-a-half-year memory to know what happened the last time we hired a religious nut.

American conservatives know that time and time again Santorum has voted for larger and larger government.  Donald Trump calls Santorum a “career politician” and says Santorum has “never held a job in the private sector.”

So what we have here is a lobbying tyrant who is pro-inequality with a theocratic pitch. Sorry, but that all sounds a bit like santorum to us.