Why Rick Santorum is the Most Dangerous Presidential Candidate Yet

Posted: January 5, 2012 in My moral code, Politics
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A while back I complained about Rick Perry and stated my opinion that he should be disqualified as a Presidential candidate. My expressed opinion was that anyone who wants to create a Christian theocracy out of the United States of America is not qualified for the post of chief defender of the American Constitution. I believe that and I will be glad when the possibility of a Perry presidency is behind us. I wish him well but I hope he’ll soon go back to Texas to quietly wait for we Jews to get to Jerusalem and be incinerated so that he can have his happy everlasting life with Jesus and Michelle Bachmann.

Now, it’s time to shed some light on the next potential all-controlling theocrat. It’s time for us to understand why Rick Santorum would be an even more dangerous president than would Perry. It’s time to ask whether the fabric of American society could survive the onslaught of a hyper-theocratic, homophobic, anti-intellectual nut.

I actually think we could survive; but only because we have 2 other government branches that could potentially still give a damn about liberty, compassion, acceptance, diversity, and human rights. Now, you know I have to think that Santorum is dangerous when I’m even willing to accept the remote possibility that Congress and the Court could mitigate his utter devotion to radical Christian hegemony. Well… I do. I do think he is the most dangerous of the remaining candidates. To understand why, lets’ look at what he has said along with my (admittedly biased) interpretation of what those statements mean.

He does not care about alleviating suffering because he views it as positive: “Suffering, if you’re a Christian, suffering is a part of life. And it’s not a bad thing, it is an essential thing in life … There are all different ways to suffer. One way to suffer is through lack of food and shelter and there’s another way to suffer which is lack of dignity and hope and there’s all sorts of ways that people suffer and it’s not just tangible, it’s also intangible and we have to consider both.”

He is blatantly intolerant of anyone who questions his version of Christianity: “The American Left hates Christendom. They hate Western civilization.”

He thinks that he can rewrite the well established, undisputed history of violence by Christians against Jews and Muslims throughout the Crusades. Even the Catholic Church, that carried out the Crusades, does not deny their religiously motivated violence!: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical.”

He approves of government intervention into personal lives: “The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.”

He approves of government intervention into our personal cultural decisions: “They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture”.

He is an anti-intellectual creationist: “What we should be teaching are the problems and holes and I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution.”

He cares nothing about the stewardship of the planet: “Drill everywhere… There is no such thing as global warming.”

He approves of government prohibiting contraception and, thus, laws based on a religious groups belief system: “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. 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. ”

He thinks that the cause of all of America’s financial problems is abortion: “The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.”

He is homophobic: “I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.”

He is homophobic again: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] 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.”

And… did I mention… He is homophobic?: (Well okay… only if you think that comparing homosexuality to homeland security is a bigoted analogy [you decide]) “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, here’s the deal:

If we elect Rick Santorum to the office of the President, we will have put the least rational, most radical, theocrat in American Presidential history into the driver’s seat for a country in turmoil. He will be against everything the Left stands for, most of the things the Right stands for, and anything that does not comport with his singularly fanatical brand of widespread government interference into our lives.

There may well be people in this country who want America to be the Christian version of an undemocratic, fascist, theocracy. I am not one of them and, frankly, I think that very few people are. But, what voters need to understand is this: If your answer to the question “Who do you want for President?” is “Rick Santorum” then you have effectively endorsed someone who want’s exactly that. It is anti-American, anti-liberal, anti-democratic, anti-rational, racist, homophobic, anti-constitutional, and closed-minded.

All of those are the exact opposite of the traits that made America great and we can’t afford to let it continue.

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