Rick Santorum

Few politicians are as qualified as Rick Santorum for a spot in Know Your Foe. (Ahh, who am I kidding? Most of the G.O.P. belongs here.) Let’s find out about this great foe of all humanity, shall we?

Rick and Bush, sitting in a tree

Representing the otherwise fine state of Pennsylvania, Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, and then elected to the Senate in 1994 and re-elected in 2000. He is a — wait for it — Republican! Who would have guessed that’s he’s a member of the G.O.P. (God’s Own Party)?

He is up for re-election in November 2006. I don’t know which of us Godless liberals sacrificed the chicken, but the ritual worked. Santorum’s seat is in jeopardy. He might actually get booted out of the Senate! The latest poll I was able to find online is from June 22 (I’m writing this on July 16). It shows state Treasurer Bob Casey ahead by a whopping 18 points!

He’s the #3 ranked Republican in the Senate, holding the chairmanship of the Senate Republican Conference. Wikipedia lists his other jobs:

In addition, Santorum serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee; the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and the Senate Finance Committee, of which he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy.

He is one of the more extreme Christians in the Senate. Interestingly, he is Roman Catholic, which once again demonstrates that Protestant fundies don’t have a monopoly on hate. He is a good Catholic, having six children! He obviously follows the doctrine immortalized in The Meaning of Life:

Every sperm is sacred.
Every sperm is great.
If a sperm is wasted,
God gets quite irate.

One thing I don’t want to make light of, though, is the unhappy incident of Gabriel, their son who was born prematurely and lived only two hours. However, to quote Wikipedia:

[T]he couple brought the deceased infant home from the hospital and introduced the dead child to their living children as “your brother Gabriel” and slept with the body overnight before returning him to the hospital.

I’m sorry. That’s just creepy.

A Few Positions (none of them doggy style)

Santorum is an opponent of the separation of church and state, and he is a strong proponent of weakening the academic standards in the schools. In 2001, he tried to insert what became known as the “Santorum Amendment” into the No Child Left Behind Act. The amendment would have forced the schools to teach falsehoods about the fact of evolution, instead claiming that its credibility is in dispute (it’s not, of course). The amendment would have also forced the schools to teach what is laughingly referred to as “intelligent design” (ID), a thoroughly-discredited fantasy that is really just a stealth technique to insert religion into the classroom.

He has since backpedalled on supporting the teaching of ID (Idiot’s Delusion) in the classroom, but apparently only because he thinks that Dover, PA was not a good test case (or maybe he’s flip-flopping in the political wind). He has never repudiated his anti-evolution statements.

Wikipedia also gives us this insight into the distorted views of this loony:

Santorum has frequently stated that he does not believe a “right to privacy” exists under the Constitution, even within marriage; he has been especially critical of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which held that the Constitution guaranteed the aforementioned right, and on that basis, overturned a law prohibiting the sale and use of contraceptives.

That’s right. Every sperm is sacred.

Yuck! There’s Santorum All Over the Sheets!

Order yours today!

Speaking of sperm, I’m always amazed by how obsessed fundies are about sex, especially some of the more fringeworthy aspects. Senator Purity was embroiled in a famous controversy over statements he made in April of 2003. To quote Rotten:

In April 2003, Republican senator Rick Santorum made some asinine comments in defense of laws banning gay sex. While this in itself may seem unremarkable, many people were amazed at how much detail he went into.

. . . [R]eaders of Dan Savage’s syndicated sex column Savage Love feared the ensuing scandal would soon be flushed away and forgotten. Acting on the suggestion of a reader, Savage issued this challenge: “There’s no better way to memorialize the Santorum scandal than by attaching his name to a sex act that would make his big, white teeth fall out of his big, empty head.”

So, Dan Savage and his creative and degenerate readers came up with the following definition:

SANTORUM san-TOR-um n. A frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.

Well, thank you for that. That’s an image I never had before, and now I will never be able to purge it from my brain.

Die for Your Country, or . . .

Among the many asinine things this moron has said is this (as reported by Santorum Exposed):

Santorum: “And yet we have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a [Re-elect Santorum] bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?“ (emphasis ours)

That’s right, folks. Your placing a Re-elect Santorum sticker on your car is the moral equivalent of dying for your country! Your sacrifice of 20 square inches of bumper is the same as our soldiers’ sacrifice of their lives in Iraq!

What a sanctimonious pinhead.

Santorum: That’s Latin for Asshole

Counterpunch has a superb article by Jeffrey St. Clair about Santorum. Here are a few choice highlights:

Rick Santorum had only been in the senate for a few weeks when Bob Kerrey, then Senator from Nebraska, pegged him. “Santorum, that’s Latin for asshole.”

. . . Such a stew of sleazy self-righteousness and audacious stupidity has not been seen in the senate since the days of Steve Symms, the celebrated moron from Idaho. In 1998, investigative reporter Ken Silverstein fingered Santorum as the dumbest member of congress in a story for The Progressive. Considering the competition, that’s an achievement of considerable distinction.

Maybe that’s why he and George W. Bush are such good friends.

While in serving in the House, Santorum was asked by a reporter to explain why his record on environmental policy was so dreadful. Santorum replied by observing that the environment was of little consequence in God’s grand plan. “Nowhere in the Bible does it say that America will be here 100 years from now.” The reference was to the Rapture, which apparently is impending.

America isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Bible! I know that’s hard for most fundies to believe, since they’re all convinced that the United States is God’s Chosen Country. (It used to be the Israelites, but that was before Jesus came down from heaven and told everybody to sit tight for 1700 years for the replacement Chosen Country to arrive.)

This is one of the many destructive effects of electing fundies. They’re convinced that the Rapture is imminent, so there’s no reason to protect the environment, preserve Social Security, balance the federal budget, or do any other sort of planning beyond a few more years. It’s just a waste of time!

Fundies like Santorum may be hoping that the Rapture will take them away soon. I’m hoping for a raptor to take them away soon. Sadly, my hope is no more likely.

The Counterpunch article also makes the same observation that I have made numerous times previously:

Like most religious zealots, Santorum is obsessed not just with homosexuals but with visualizing the postures and physical mechanics of homosexual love.

Is it the stifling oppression of fundamentalism that causes people like this to fixate on sex? Or is it their fixation on sex that causes them to run to fundamentalism for some sort of protection from their dark desires?

Either way, the end result is an unnatural fascination with sexuality, which they then project onto society. They take it upon themselves to stamp out what they see as sex everywhere, as if by doing so, they can somehow stamp out the dark yearnings that hide within themselves and threaten to escape at any moment.

The article reminds us that Santorum does not believe that you have a right to privacy. This is a very important point to remember. You have no right to privacy, according to Santorum.

This one belief is what he and other fundies use to justify their intrusion into your private life. Whom you choose to love, your choice of contraception, your choice to end your own life, your control over your own body, and countless other very personal things are not your business. They are the exclusive domain of the government.

Counterpunch continues:

Santorum, the Mullah Omar of Pennsylvania, is a ridiculous spectacle but he can’t be taken lightly. He is the slick-haired darling of the neo-cons, an obedient automaton that feverishly promotes their wildest fantasies without hesitation.

If you live in Pennsylvania, you know what you have to do this November.

A Few Random Examples of His Fine Leadership

He recently claimed that we had found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, even though these weapons dated to before the first Gulf War and had degraded beyond the point of usability. They were not the WMDs that were our alleged motivation for invading Iraq.

He is always trumpeting his strong Christian beliefs. He is also strongly anti-immigrant. As the Philadelphia Daily News recently pointed out, his xenophobia is contrary to Biblical teaching:

The Bible is unabashedly pro-immigrant. The argument is simple: You were immigrants in Egypt, and you didn’t like being mistreated, so now that you have your own country, you should treat immigrants compassionately.

He represents Pennsylvania, but he doesn’t live in that state!

He claims that “Europe is dying” because not enough Europeans go to church. They’re also being overrun by immigrants (he seems to be as fixated on immigrants as he is on bizarre sex acts).

He’s a big proponent of the ludicrous flag-burning amendment. With all of the problems this country is facing, he’s wasting time on that?

He wants a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Somehow what other people do in their lives is his concern. Maybe he just doesn’t want people to get the santorum all over the sheets.

He wants a constitutional amendment to ban abortion.

He’s opposed to stem cell research. Apparently the suffering of real live people is irrelevant compared to the “rights” of an already-aborted mass of cells that was only a few weeks past conception and had no brain, let alone brain activity. Oh, that’s right. He has a kinship with things that have no brain activity.

He was one of the key players in the federal government’s unconstitutional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. Again, the brain-dead have to stick together.

His book, It Takes a Family, is apparently so bad that even Christianity Today panned it!

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Santorum in their list of the 13 Most Corrupt in Congress (along with Bill Frist, Roy Blunt, Conrad Burns, Bob Ney, Tom Feeney, Richard W. Pombo, Maxine Waters, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, William J. Jefferson, Charles H. Taylor, Marilyn N. Musgrave, and Rick Renzi.)

MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann named Santorum the “Worst Person in the World”.

On the Issues has a good summary of his record. Some of the lowlights:

  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating an anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

What a wonderful person.

References and Links

In addition to the links within this article, I would like to specifically mention the following:

Much of this article was derived from information posted at Santorum Exposed.

I also found these Wikipedia articles useful:

Here are a few other sites that I found useful but didn’t have room to put into the main article:

  • [Four dead links removed]
  • NNDB
  • And don’t forget all of the excellent sites that I link to in the main text.

2 Responses to “Rick Santorum”

  1. Brian Says:

    All I can say is that I hope he stays in the GOP race for the nomination as long as possible. There must have been a newspaper somewhere in America that ran the headline, “Romney Squeezes Out Santorum” this morning. Dan Savage has done the country a wonderful service in creating the former senator’s “Google problem”.

  2. Jeff Says:

    He is one of the more extreme Christians in the Senate. Interestingly, he is Roman Catholic, which once again demonstrates that Protestant fundies don’t have a monopoly on hate.

    It also demonstrates they’re more than willing to compromise their religious convictions in favor of attaining their political goals.

    When a Jew or Catholic is willing to vote their way — all of a sudden, his religion isn’t so bad.