Saturday, December 31, 2011

Maybe Rick Santorum will be the Next President?

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The trouble with my uncle, Rick Santorum
By John Garver
Published: Jan/03/2012
If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum. America is based on a strong belief in individual liberty. My uncle’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working.
It is not the government’s job to dictate to individuals how they must live. The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberty. My Uncle Rick cannot fathom a society in which people cooperate and work with each other freely. When Republicans were spending so much money under President Bush, my uncle was right there along with them as a senator. The reason we have so much debt is not only because of Democrats, but also because of big-spending Republicans like my Uncle Rick.
It is because of this inability of status quo politicians to recognize the importance of our individual liberties that I have been drawn to Ron Paul. Unlike my uncle, he does not believe that the American people are incapable of forming decisions. He believes that an individual is more powerful than any group (a notion our founding fathers also believed in).
Another important reason I support Ron Paul is his position on foreign policy. He is the only candidate willing to bring our troops home, not only from the Middle East, but from around the world.
Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate trying to win the election for a reason other than simply winning the election.
This year, I’ll vote for an honest change in our government. I’ll vote for real hope. I’ll vote for a real leader. This year, I will vote for Ron Paul.
John Garver is a 19-year-old student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. John is a strong supporter of Ron Paul despite his love for family member Rick Santorum.
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Rick Santorum Lashes Out at Ron Paul
Days before the Iowa caucus, Sen. Rick Santorum, third place in new poll, lashes out at Rep. Ron Paul
by Mariya Karimjee, GlobalPost
December 29, 2011
http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/rick-santorum-lashes-out-at-ron-paul/Content?oid=2572300
Hours after a new poll placed Rick Santorum in third place in Iowa, the GOP presidential hopeful was speaking to a crowd of supporters in Cedar Rapids when he let loose on Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
“Ron Paul says he’s going to eliminate five departments. Ron Paul passed one bill in 20 years. What give[s] you the idea that he can eliminate anything? I mean, he has absolutely no track record of building any kind of coalition to get anything done anywhere,” Santorum said, ABC News reported. “I understand the appeal that Ron Paul has: it’s simple, it’s short — but there’s no track record there.”
This wasn't the only problem Santorum had with Paul.
“I mean he’s out in the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic Party. Don’t laugh!” Santorum said to the crowd. ABC News reported that the crowd immediately got quiet. “That’s where he is. He may be left of Dennis Kucinich, okay? So that’s where he is. This country is not going to elect Dennis Kucinich to be President of the United States. I don’t care how much government he wants to cut.
Just a day earlier, a CNN-Time poll showed that Santorum was in third place, beating Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann.
Santorum found an opportunity in Gingrich's decline, the LA Times reported.
"We'll turn this country around and Iowa will be the spark that did it," he told the crowd.
Santorum isn't the only presidential candidate attacking his competition.
Earlier Thursday, Rick Perry released an ad that criticizes Congress heavily, CBS News reported. While he never explicitly states that the ad is an attack on his competition, which includes several members of Congress, his communications director, Ray Sullivan, removes all ambiguity in a press release about the ad:
Senator Santorum, Congressmen Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have long backed congressional earmarks and pork. Expecting them to overhaul Washington is asking a fox to guard the henhouse. Rick Perry never served in Washington and has strongest, most credible plan to overhaul Washington by creating a part-time Congress and cutting their pay, staff, and meeting time in half.
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Rick Santorum’s 12 Most Offensive Statements
By Igor Volsky
Jun 6, 2011
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/06/06/237112/rick-santorums-top-12-most-offensive-statements/
This morning, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R) announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “We are ready to announce that we are going to be in this race and we’re in it to win.” But Santorum — who is possibly most famous for his “Google problem” — may have an uphill climb to the nomination. He currently polls in the single digits in the early primary states and has a long history of making offensive statements about gay people, African Americans, women, and Muslims. Below is a short recap of his record:
Gays:
1. “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….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.” [4/2003]
2. “Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?” [5/22/2008]
3. On repeal of DADT: “I’m worried when many people will stand up and say, ‘well whatever the Generals want.’ I’m not too sure that we haven’t indoctrinated the Officer Corps in this country that they can actually see straight to make the right decisions.” [2/20/2010]
4. On gay adoption: “A lesbian woman came up to me and said, ‘why are you denying me my right?’ I said, ‘well, because it’s not a right.’ It’s a privilege that society recognizes because society sees intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship.” [5/3/2011]
5. On teaching history of gay Americans: “I certainly would not approve of [a bill moving through the California legislature compels the state to add gay history to the state education curriculum], but there’s a logical consequence to the courts injecting themselves in creating rights and people attaching their legislative ideas to those rights that in some respects could logically flow from that. So I’m not surprised.” [5/10/2011]
Race:
6. “I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people’.” [1/19/2011]
7. “Marriage is an institution that’s a bridge too far for too many African-American women and is not desirable among African-American males….I think [Obama] has to realize that flying to New York is…self-indulgent. Go down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot, and a beer.” [6/2/2009]
Women:
8. “In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to….The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness“. ['It Takes A Family,' 7/6/2005]
Islam:
9. Santorum responded to the Pentagon’s decision rescind its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at the upcoming National Day over his statement that Islam is “evil” by saying that Graham’s comment was “a reasonable statement at the time.” [3/23/2010]
10. “I think the Democrats are actually worried [Obama] may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims.” [3/23/2010]
11. “The creeping Sharia throughout Europe and here in this country and in Canada. The Islamization of Europe that is already on the way and will visit these shores not too soon is a concern for us and something that we need to identify and we need to talk about and we need to fight with every ounce of our being“. [2/28/2009]
12. “Now we have the Attorney General confirming to Osama bin Laden just bide your time and the effeminate and pampered Americans will cower away.” [2/28/2009]
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Rick Santorum
AKA Richard John Santorum
Born: 10-May-1958
Birthplace: Winchester, VA
Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Pennsylvania, 1995-2007
In his short career as a lawyer before going into politics, Rick Santorum's most notable client was the World Wrestling Entertainment, then called the World Wrestling Federation. He worked to shield WWE from federal regulations on the use of steroids, arguing that since wrestling was not a sport the rules should not apply. Santorum ran for Congress in 1990, four years after getting his law degree, running ads criticizing the incumbent for representing Pennsylvania while owning a house in Virginia and living there most of the year. By law, of course, legislators must live in the location they represent, but Virginia is within easy driving distance of Washington DC while Pennsylvania is two hours further north on the highway. Santorum won the election, and held his seat in the House for two terms before being elected to the Senate in 1994.
In two terms in the Senate, he became best known for his stalwart stand against gay rights and, more broadly, gayness in general, although Santorum prefers the words 'homosexual' or 'sodomites'. In a 2003 interview he likened sodomy to adultery, polygamy, and incest as "antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family". He has compared the idea of homosexual marriage to "man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be," and said, "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."
These and other anti-gay statements infuriated sex columnist Dan Savage, who held a contest in 2003 asking readers to suggest degrading meanings for Santorum's name. The winning entry defined santorum as "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex," and even years later an on-line search for "Santorum" yields information about anal sex before any results mentioning the former Senator. Santorum, an announced candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012, has referred to this as his "Google problem."
Deeply concerned about sexual acts between consenting adults, Santorum has argued that the government can regulate private consensual sexual acts, and he has specifically complained that the 1966 Supreme Court decision in Griswold v Connecticut, which established Americans' right to privacy, was wrong. The Griswold case was not about gay rights, but overturned state laws prohibiting the use of contraceptives, so Santorum's argument against Griswold amounts to an argument against legalized contraceptives.
In a 2002 article about the controversy over Catholic priests molesting young children, Santorum wrote, "It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning 'private' moral matters such as alternative lifestyles." In Washington, he led a weekly devotions session for other Catholics in Congress, but Democrats were not allowed to attend. In 2001, he tried to attach an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act that would have mandated that public schools teach "intelligent design" alongside evolution.
Santorum always opposed abortion, although he preferred to use the word 'infanticide', and his arguments seemed to be very deeply felt. When his wife miscarried in 1996, they named the dead fetus Gabriel after the Biblical archangel, and presented its lifeless body to his family. Their children, including three kids under seven, spent several hours cuddling and kissing Gabriel, singing lullabies in his ear, because Santorum wanted them to "absorb and understand that they had a brother." Santorum's wife wrote a book of Letters to Gabriel, a collection of prayers and anti-abortion arguments, including a stirring call for Gabriel's support of anti-abortion legislation, and Santorum read from the book in debate on the Senate floor.
In 2005, Santorum proposed legislation that would have blocked the National Weather Service from providing information about weather to the general public. His intent was apparently to help AccuWeather, a Pennsylvania firm, drive viewers to their web pages and away from the Weather Service's site. The legislation did not pass, but later that year when New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Santorum said that the National Weather Service had given "no warning, or not sufficient warning in my opinion" about the storm's path. In reality, the Weather Service had issued loud and accurate warnings days in advance about what was to come from Katrina.
Santorum once said that "the ultimate homeland security issue" is making sure sodomites and homosexuals cannot marry each other. As communist North Korea announced its nuclear weapons program, Santorum said that Iran was a bigger nuclear threat, because Korean dictator Kim Jong Il "doesn't want to die; he wants to watch NBA basketball". Santorum used the auspices of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to explain the Iraq war: "As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else. It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States."
Numerous times, Santorum has claimed that Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, alluding to small quantities of decades-old chemical weapons which were found during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and announced at that time with little fanfare. After a Defense Department spokesman flatly told Fox News that these vastly degraded weapons, left over from Iraq's 1980s war against Iran, were "not the WMDs for which this country went to war", Santorum replied that he would "wait and see what the actual Defense Department formally says".
Early in the George W. Bush administration, along with Dick Armey, Tom DeLay, and Grover Norquist, Santorum was at the center of the Republicans' tactic of pressuring lobbying firms to hire only Republicans. At regularly scheduled once-weekly meetings held since Republicans took Congress and in 1994, Santorum and other leading Republicans were provided with a list of job openings at lobbying companies, and literally told the lobbyists who to hire -- always well-connected Republicans. It was called the "K Street Project" because most lobbying firms have offices on Washington's K Street, but the system backfired when the lobbyists' "freeze-out" of Democrats became so successful that all the legislators on the take from crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff were Republicans. When the arrangement was first reported in 2006, Santorum denied it was true and claimed to not even know Abramoff. When it was proven that Abramoff had been involved, Santorum announced that the "K Street" meetings had been ended. Months later it was reported that the meetings between lobbyists and Republicans were still being held at the same time, place, and day, once weekly. In 2006, the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Santorum one of the twenty most corrupt US legislators.
He lost his Senate seat to Bob Casey, Jr. in 2006, losing 41% to 59%, and in an ironic finale to his public career, a major issue in the campaign was that Santorum was living in a house he owned in Virginia -- not in Pennsylvania. Further, he had taken a second mortgage on his Virginia home from a private bank that serves only "affluent investors and institutions", a bank which requires that borrowers have assets far in excess of anything Santorum reported in his public financial disclosure reports.
Father: (psychologist)
Mother: (nurse)
Sister: (older)
Brother: Dan Santorum (younger)
Wife: Karen Garver (former nurse, m. 1990, 7 children)
Daughter: Elizabeth Anne Santorum
Son: Richard John Santorum, Jr.
Son: Daniel James Santorum
Son: Gabriel Michael Santorum (d. 11-Oct-1996, prematurely after 20 weeks in utero)
Daughter: Sarah Maria Santorum
Son: Peter Kenneth Santorum
Son: Patrick Francis Santorum
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