Category Archives: Rick Santorum

And down goes Ricky

I’m actually gonna miss that guy.

“We made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said at a press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.

Santorum did not endorse Romney in making his announcement Tuesday, though he did vow to fight to defeat President Obama and help Republicans win the Senate in the fall. 

In a statement, Romney called Santorum “an able and worthy competitor” and congratulated his often-bitter rival for his campaign.

Now that’s interesting. Usually right now would be the perfect time to say something along the lines of “and although I’m no longer in the running, that just means we all need to get behind Romney” or “it was a good run, but now is the time to unite as a party”. Not endorsing the inevitable nominee is, well, it’s the exact thing that killed Santorum in the primary: no clue how to be a politician.

No word on whether or not pictures were taken of his children crying.

Santorum aaaaaaaalmost calls Obama a “nigger”.

Y’all remember how charitable I was last time around. Uh, yeah. I don’t know what else he could have been trying to say here. Listened about 10 times. I got no clue.

Seriously, if anyone has a guess, let me know.

Side note: ol’ Hanlon has new employment that’s making it MUCH harder to keep updates as flowing as before, but I’m not gonna let this site fall dormant! Just gonna be a bit until things settle and I can really start pounding on the updates.

Santorum saying that Obama is better than Romney

Even the primaries with Republicans are ugly as hell.

“You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there,” said Santorum. “If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future.”

That Etch-a-Sketch line is going to really tank Mittens. But what really baffles me is how poorly planned out these kinds of attacks are. Railing into each other in the primary season makes the general election (when the party has to unite behind a single candidate) rather peculiar. After spending a year or so calling each other the most god-awful things imaginable, suddenly they’re all teammates? I don’t see it.

QotD

Pastor Dennis Terry introducing Rick Santorum.

“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation…There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words.. Listen to me, If you don’t love America, If you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say – GET OUT. We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God’s son Jesus Christ.”

If you swapped out “Jesus” for “Mohammad” and “God” for “Allah”, this wouldn’t look at all out of place in a Taliban introduction.

Rick Santorum 2012: if you don’t worship Christ, you aren’t welcome in America.

QotD

Rick Santorum, showing an absolutely amazing understanding of biology.

“The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is,” he said.

I’m in awe. Ever had a moment where someone says something so incredibly stupid that it’s hard to even know how to correct it? This is one of those times.

I mean, he’s right. Plants are cool with carbon dioxide in the same way that people are cool with oxygen. Ignoring what happens when the gas balance goes way off in either direction (spend a day breathing pure oxygen and see how that goes), I guess what he’s saying is that it’s okay if all the people on Earth die for the benefit of plants? Maybe Rick Santorum is the most pro-environment candidate of all!

Santorum vows to nullify gay marriages if elected

I’d like to point out that this is, in a nutshell, why I despise Rick Santorum.

See, not only is he talking about religious tenets being made law, but he’s also advocating using the federal government to override what multiple states have decided. He doesn’t believe in getting the government out of anyone’s life. He believes in invading private lives to a far greater extent than any Democrat will advocate.

Santorum “apologizes” over his comments re: JFK’s speech

I put that in quotes, because it comes with an outright lie wrapped in with it.

“I’m not a theocrat,” he replied. “I’m not someone who has any evidence anywhere that I’ve ever imposed my values. I have values; I articulate those — as I encourage everybody else to do and respect everybody else’s opinion and difference of opinion.” Tolerance, he added, is what America is all about. Meanwhile, he argued, President Barack Obama is the one who is “imposing his view on people of faith.”

See, what Obama is saying is that your religious beliefs should not be imposed upon others. Let me revisit a quote of his:

Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God’s will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.

And that’s it in a nutshell. The United States is not a non-religious country, it’s not an atheist country nor do I really expect or desire it to ever be so. What I do hope is for it to remain secular, and that simply means that you can have all the religion you want in your life, but don’t force it upon me. If your argument for this or that legislation cannot be justified beyond your holy book, then you have to concede that it’s not something that ought to be put in the books.

I could spend days combing through Santorum’s statements about abortion, gay marriage, contraception, public prayer and the like, but the point that we all know is that he is a man who wants to legislate from faith, not use his faith as inspiration to draw universal values. Obama is a man of faith, but one who understands that not everyone shares it. Santorum is a man of faith who wants to force it upon everyone else.

Also worth noting that he pulled that Republican trope of apologizing for what he said without taking back the sentiment expressed in it. Sort of saying, “I’m sorry I said that out loud.” What’s nice is that with the delegates going strongly Romney, I might be able to start complaining about him rather than Ricky, and I’d be far less bothered with that.