Santorum's Five Most Extremist ThemesFebruary 22, 2012
AGENDA FOR THE DARK AGES : GOP FRONTRUNNER RICK SANTORUM'S 5 MOST EXTREMIST VIEWS
If Santorum gets to bear the standard for the GOP, the party moves even further to the right...Here's a taste of what's on that plate.
It says quite a lot about the state of the Republican Party that the right-wing extremist Rick Santorum --- a politician so despised by his own Pennsylvania constituents that he lost his U.S. Senate seat by an 18-point margin -- is now the front-runner for the GOP nomination by 10 points according to the latest national tracking poll by Gallup.
As increasing numbers of people identify themselves as independent voters -- independent of the major political parties, that is --
the essence of the Republican Party has distilled into a toxic brew of resentment, prejudice, anti-intellectualism, and misogyny.
In truth, the party has been headed this way for a long time, but the election of Barack Obama -- a moderately liberal African American
man with an African-Islamic name -- offered the perfect catalyst for the alchemists of the right to convert their everyday potion of pique into something far more fortified.
Enter Rick Santorum, a presidential candidate regarded as little more than a joke a mere month ago.
Santorum presents himself as everything Obama is not, and represents himself as the opposite of everything those anti-Obama right-wing tropes, the lies both whispered and shouted, purport the President to be.
There are liberals who relish the possibility of a Santorum nomination...at the Daily Kos, founder Marcos Moulitsas is urging liberals to vote for Santorum in open primaries, on the reasonably sound theory that Santorum is too crazy to win the presidency.
Here's a taste of what's on Santorum's plate, ba
1) THE END OF THE SECULAR STATE....Santorum is a big proponent of the religious-right assertion, which he recently reiterated
at the Conservative Political Action Committee, that the rights of American citizens come not from the laws of the U.S. Constitution
or the laws of man, but from God.
2) THE END OF SCIENCE
[While all the Republican candidates] deny the science of climate change, Santorum takes it a step further, claiming not just that
humans make no contribution to changes in the climate, but implicitly arguing that in order to be a great nation, America needs it's
citizens to waste energy, especially through such greenhouse-gas producing products as gasoline-guzzling cars and incandescent
light bulbs. For starters, that will give a rationale for raping the U.S. environment through fracking -- of which he is a big fan,
especially near population centers -- offshore drilling, and plundering the Alaskan wilderness.
3) A RETURN TO PATRIARCHY
The leaders of Rick Santorum's religion -- the Roman Catholic Church -- oppose abortion and birth control, and so does he.
Combined with his opposition to science, the fact-free mind of the GOP front-runner has transformed his personal religious beliefs
to a contention that prenatal screenings of pregnant women and their fetuses are a bad thing, so he wants to end any requirement
on health-insurance companies that they be covered.
4) THE FOSTERING OF IGNORANCE
Although his wife home-schools their own children, Santorum isn't completely against public education... He just wants to starve it.
"Where did they come up that public education and bigger education bureaucracies was the rule in America?
Parents educated their children, because it's their responsibility to educate their children." Which is great for parents who don't
want their kids to learn actual science or facts. (The mind boggles to consider what the Santorum children are learning in science
class at the kitchen table)
5) THE DEMONIZATION OF EVERYBODY BUT WHITE, HETEROSEXUAL, RIGHT-WING MALES
In Rick Santorum's mind, everybody who's not like him is some form of demon, .Obama is like Hitler, gay people are like
beastialists, women who have sex for pleasure are licentious, working mothers take the easy way out, single mothers are
welfare queens, undocumented immigrants are thieves, black people are lazy and Muslims are bloodthirsty infidels.
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