Why Rick Santorum is Bad for Everyone

My political affiliations are no secret. I am a bleeding heart liberal. I try not to vote along party lines, but I have yet to encounter a situation where I don’t fall to the left of the issue. I voted for President Obama in 2008 and I will be voting for him again in November proudly. I believe that he has done the best possible job a man could do inheriting the mess our country and economy was in and the pile of worthless Republican assholes in Congress.

See, I can censor myself.

But I’ll also be completely honest with you, I don’t really dislike Mitt Romney. He and I don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue, but he doesn’t scare me. I don’t foresee the downfall of civilization should he win office. As much as the GOP hates it, Romney is actually kind of socially moderate and if I can’t have socially liberal, I’ll take that as the next best option.

Especially when the other contender is Rick Santorum. I don’t believe you can even call him conservative because I think that is an insult to conservatives everywhere. I believe he’s running on the Closed Minded platform. I do not exaggerate one little bit when I say that this man scares me to my very core.

Rick Santorum is opposed to all birth control, well, except natural family planning, which by the way, is totally a form of birth control. The whole point is to allow you to have sex without getting pregnant if you don’t want to, which spoiler alert! is exactly what birth control does. Just because this kind can’t be purchased, swallowed or donned, does not mean it’s not birth control. Though with 8 children, I think Rick and his wife might be doing it wrong, I’m just saying.

He has recently spoken out as being against pre-natal testing because though it can save the lives of children and mothers, it could also cause some mothers to have an abortion. Which when the alternative is a diagnosis that is incompatible with life, or a condition where a child will suffer horribly for several years before dying a painful death, is actually not the worst case scenario, it turns out. Or it isn’t for normal people, I guess. Because Rick Santorum would rather save the life of a child who literally has no chance at life, he would rather deprive testing that could detect treatable defects than risk a woman deciding to spare a child with a severe birth defect a life filled with pain and disease. What a freaking saint he is. Someone canonize him already.

He is opposed to gay marriage, and has even been quoted as saying that it would make the country fail. He says this on religious principals, which is so funny, because I’m fairly sure that Jesus was actually much more in favor of loving your neighbor instead of bad mouthing them and saying that they would cause the downfall of a country. Frankly, Mr. Santorum, I’m pretty sure your sad closed mind is much more likely to make this country fail.

Oh and this just in, he’s also opposed to separation of church and state, except when discussing the Obama administration’s requirement that insurance provide birth control for employees of Catholic institutions, in which case he is a firm believe that government should stay out of religion. And he gets bonus points for repeatedly misquoting JFK, who, another spoiler alert! was also Catholic, a fact I’m fairly sure completely escapes our friend Rick.

I just cannot wrap my head around how he is still a contender. How anyone could, in good conscience, think that this man would lead our country in the right direction. I guess unless you believe backwards is a good way to go, in which case, you got the right guy.

America, I implore you, stop this crazy train now. Don’t let Rick Santorum have even the tiniest of chances of running our country into the ground, of forcing religion down the throats of people who have no desire to have it. Don’t let him take away prenatal testing or decide when and how women should be able to choose to have families or dictate whose marriages are acceptable and whose aren’t.

Please. We can do better than this. We have to do better than this.

22 Responses to “Why Rick Santorum is Bad for Everyone”

  • Beth:

    Oh, but see, there’s a small part of me that’s going “go on, Rick; keep running.” The longer he stays in, the better it is for Obama. Seriously, the longer Romney is stuck dealing with Santorum and Gingrich, the better.

    The one that gets me is that Santorum has talked about his winning record. Well, as long as you don’t count that last senate race. He freaks me out, but shining light on the crazy is a good thing. Reminds me of Bill Nelson (D-FL) and his last senate race. He was able to run the most positive campaign I’ve ever seen simply because his opponent was Katherine Harris :). She managed to sling mud on herself all by herself.

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    Katie Reply:

    @Beth, And I see that, but I just cannot trust America to not vote for him if he ends up the Republican nominee. People vote strongly with party lines and that could be catastrophic.

    At this point, the fact that Mitt Romney has to do anything besides stand aside and let Santorum kill his own campaign is amazing to me.

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  • I’m honestly just shocked that a person like him actually exists in the world. Like, I’m about 95% certain if he made it to the end and became our president he’d just turn and say “actually guys, I’m super-liberal. just kidding about all that stuff. let’s fix this country now!” Maybe my hopes are up, I don’t know. I’m just shocked such a close-minded ridiculous human being could possibly exist on the same planet as the rest of us.

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  • all I can say is that he scares the hell out of me…

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  • Editdebs:

    Amen, sister.

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  • Jen:

    I find it terrifying that the more asinine his comments are (as you’ve detailed above) and the more that’s revealed of him and his views, the more popular he seems to become. I’m afraid this could be a reflection of a maybe not-so-hidden section of our society who agree that women’s rights should go back to the dark ages.

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  • You missed a gem – pregnancy that is the result of a rape is a gift. That is not a typo. It’s a G-I-F-T that women should not have any choice about accepting because duh, God gave it to you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAZ5oNQqRl8

    I like at the end how he states that the LAW dictates that capital punishment should not be used if there is not certainty of guilt. Do you think he does not know that women can choose to get a safe abortion because it’s a LAW?!

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  • Elise:

    Makes you nostalgic for the days of George W.’s presidency, doesn’t it?

    I remember a discussion we had in a Health Law class about how Conservatives may chip away at abortion laws but will never actually get Roe v. Wade overturned because it’s the singular issue that motivates the conservative base. Santorum is literally too conservative for the Republicans. They want to get someone elected, bottom line.

    I used to like Mitt, I thought he did a good job as Governor here and wish he would just own his decisions and policies. It would be nice to hear him stand up and say that yes, Massachussets did enact universal health care, something had to be done and it was a new idea to try. He’s totally not getting credit for being open to new ideas, for listening to his constituents, for being flexible and responsive, I can’t figure out why he thinks hiding in a corner with bible is going to inspire people.

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  • I personally liked how he said that Obama was a snob for wanting every child to be able to go to college. WTF?

    Now, I am definitely NOT super far left as things typically go (not that I’m Republican either), but holy shit this guy is completely insane. Personally I plan to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, but if this nutjob somehow gets the Republican sponsorship then I’ll change my vote to Obama to do whatever I can to defeat him. Either that or we are moving to Australia.

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    Displaced Reply:

    @lonek8, Come on down! Here in Australia if you like a candidate, who might not actually have a chance of winning, you can still show your support by numbering the candidates ie — Gary Johnson 1, Barack Obama 2, Religious Nutjob 3. This would mean that if your first choice was the lowest in the initial count then your vote would go to your second choice. If the US had this system of preferential voting Gore would not have been assassinated by Ralph Nader in 2000.

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    Jamie Reply:

    @Displaced, We do have that type of voting in certain municipalities. I am from the Bay Area (CA) and Oakland has it, which is why they have nut-job Jean Quan as their Mayor. No one understood the process so just voted for their favorite candidate three times. That worked really well huh? We have it in San Francisco now too. Last year was the first election cycle with it, it is called Ranked Choice Voting (here anyway) and after the Jean Quan debacle, it worked pretty well in SF.

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  • DCRunner:

    Amen! (haha) While Richard Cohen is sometimes a nut-job, I think you’ll appreciate this opinion piece he wrote about Santorum in the Washington Post yesterday: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/enough-of-rick-santorums-sermons/2012/02/27/gIQAvUKieR_story.html

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  • It just dawned on me, Santorum’s Insanity Tour is fully sanctioned by the GOP. They WANT him spouting off and crazy making.

    This way, once the Mormon gets the nomination, his religion will more than likely be a non-issue as people will be breathing a sigh of relief at not having to worry about the religious zealot. Without the Santorum Insanity Tour, people would be focused on the crazier aspects of the Mormon religion, wondering if Romney will take orders from the President of the Church, etc…

    Santorum is not only splooge (ala Dan Savage), he’s a stooge to boot.

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  • Maria:

    The only reason he doesn’t terrify me is because I do believe that America is smart enough to not make him the president. And if by some shocking chance they do, I hear the cool place to head to is Australia…

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    Katie Reply:

    @Maria, Noted!

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  • I just… can’t…. stop overusing punctuation, apparently. But seriously, this is simply ridiculous. I’ll be on the Plane to Australia with the rest of you ladies if someone like him ever wins the Presidency.

    Aside: While I was over in Ireland on my honeymoon, one of the older gentlemen that we were enjoying a pint with turned to us and said “So, why is your country fascinated with that Palin character? She’s right daft, that one.” What he must be thinking of us now…

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  • I wonder if the presidential security budget runs to the expense of guarding 8 (EIGHT) children? The bloke is a whack-a-doodle and with luck those who vote in November will see and understand that!

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  • *weeps with joy over this post* Preach, sister.

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  • Melissa:

    While I feel Obama is one of the worst disasters to ever happen to our country, I don’t want to see Santorum as President. He is toooo out there. I’m not crazy about Romney and I keep wondering, “Is this the best we can do?” As a Republican (they are allowed here, right? ) it’s incredibly frustrating.

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    GreenInOC Reply:

    @Melissa, I found it sad that John Huntsman did not emerge as a more viable candidate. He was reasonable, moderate and considerate. I guess he had no chance. What do you think of Ron Paul? It’s interesting that our country is in serious economic trouble that has been brewing for decades and yet we are instead talking about vaginas.

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    Melissa Reply:

    @GreenInOC,

    I do like a lot of Ron Paul’s ideas. I wonder why he is not more popular. What do you think?
    My thought on the whole testing issue is that it should be between a woman and her doctor. Because I was “advanced maternal age” (a whopping 36) when I had my son, I did some screening for birth defects. Two of the tests indicated my son may have Down’s syndrome. I ended up doing an amnio, not because I was considering abortion, but because I wanted to know if my child would need extra medical care before he was born so I could be prepared. Blessedly, the amnio showed he was healthy. But if I had to wait and wonder over half the pregnancy I think I would have gone insane. The stress would have been bad for both of us. Now while I don’t think abortion should be common or used as birth control, I certainly could not judge a woman for deciding she could not handle a child with severe health problems. Judging is for God and not for me (even when I have a hard time not being judgmental).

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    Kayte Reply:

    I agree with you 100%. As a Libertarian, I believe a moderate Republican like Romney would be a much better choice than Obama. This country can’t take 4 more years of his presidency…although he would be a great guy to hang out with.

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