Just how radical is Rick Santorum? Yes, it is very frustrating that the media will ask this about Rick when they completely ignored any sign of Obama’s radicalism or the radicalism of many of the Democrats in Congress. But that is what separates conservatives from liberals. Conservatives don’t seem to actually want a candidate who appears too radical. We have this unhealthy fear of independents and moderates.
Not so with Obama. Obama has no fear of those middle of the road voters as demonstrated by his decision to force religious institutions to to pay for abortions. In fact, it’s been a long three years so many might not remember that one of the first things Obama did in office was reverse the United States’ Mexico City policy making it so that our tax dollars are going to pay for abortions overseas. Obama’s latest budget is textbook tax and spend liberalism. Instead of funding our military, Obama’s budget cuts funding for our troops and adds funding to buy off radical Islamic groups in the middle east.
Is Rick Santorum as radical as advertised in comparison? There is no question that Santorum is a very conservative Christian. There is no question about whether he has been paying attention in church for the last 20 years. Santorum may or may not use contraception, but would he really ban it? One thing is for sure, he wouldn’t make catholic charities and institutions pay for it.
There is a candid interview circulating liberal circles because of some things Santorum says about his social conservative values. In the interview he also talks about the limited size of the Federal government, but most liberal bloggers are ignoring that part. Santorum also talks about moving more funding to the states and decentralizing of the government.
Santorum is not nearly as radical as Obama because Santorum does not believe the government is the answer to everything. However, Santorum does have an unhealthy view of the government’s role in encouraging the traditional family. Santorum would do what every politician before him and likely every politician after him would do and would use the tax code to encourage the traditional family and the bully pulpit to keep the national conversation going on the way a family should be. Basically that puts Santorum in the same class as every politician except Ron Paul and Rand Paul. But don’t expect a flat tax from Santorum.
Part of Santorum’s problem is that his bully pulpit is easily mistaken for gestapo type policy advocacy where government officials would enter people’s homes and steal their condoms lest they have sex with their spouse for any reason other than procreation. Let’s get real. Santorum is not Obama. I doubt he will have websites where you can report your friends who disagree with him.
Santorum may make it easier for states to ban abortion. Since when is that not a plus for conservatives? Oh yeah, since we became scared of the moderates and independents. Just a refresher for my conservative friends, abortion can be the brutal, torturous death of a human being. Best case scenario, it is the end of a human life.
I don’t agree with Santorum on some social issues. The question is, when Santorum talks about what he believes, is he saying what he will do as President or simply what he believes to be true? Obama doesn’t say what he believes on the campaign trail, then he forces his beliefs on the country. Santorum needs to be clearer about what he will implement as President. In this interview he says many things that liberals have jumped on, but at 24:04 Santorum gives a key response to the question of what his ideas about education would look like on the federal level.
“It wouldn’t happen on the federal level.”
He needs to say that more.
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