Jan 072012
 

It’s hard to take the name seriously.  Rick Santorum.

Please, Miss Ellie.  Don’t sell the business to Rick Santorum.

It doesn’t work.  No matter what way you say it, he sounds like a character out of Dallas.  Look at that side vein. How could you trust a man who combs his hair like that?

If Rick Santorum gets his filthy paws on mah awl wells,  I’m gonna shoot him down like the skunk he is.

Rick Santorum.  If you made him up no-one would believe you but there he stands in all his judgementalism and smugness.  Get that man a Stetson and a rhinestone shirt.  What a strange land America is.  In Europe, conservative politicians lean towards the right, but when they drift into the sort of swivel-eyed religious ranting characteristic of Santorum, we stop calling them conservatives and start calling them lunatics.  Not so in America, where a presidential candidate can feel comfortable blaming contraception and same-sex marriage for all the country’s problems.

In Santorum’s world, marriage is a privilege, not a right, and its purpose is to produce and raise children.  According to Santorum, sex should be “procreative“.   Logically speaking, that rules out marriage for post-menopausal women, and for men with a low sperm-count.  It also rules out men who have a vasectomy, but of course, given his extreme Catholic views, Santorum would probably regard such men as mortal sinners unfit to be married in any circumstances.

Apart from the recent blasphemous libel debacle, it’s been a long time since we in Ireland endured politicians as limited by ultra-orthodox Catholic opinions as Rick Santorum is, and yet when such people held power, we suffered from the same overbearing sense of moral superiority that the United States has been working itself into for decades as it continually reminds us that it leads the free world, whatever that is.  I suspect that the average Iraqi civilian didn’t feel particularly free as the might of the US military smashed that country to bits in the name of a spurious democracy, but at least Bush was a fake, a cynic, a fraud and we could all see that his veneer of Christianity was nothing more than a sop to the crazies of the Bible Belt.

This fellow Santorum seems to be completely obsessed with sex, and not in a healthy way.  His sexual obsessions resemble much more closely the people he claims are a threat to world peace: fundamentalist Islamic clerics.  He believes there is no such thing as women’s right to control their fertility.  He doesn’t believe that homosexuals should be allowed to serve openly in the military.

He’s pro-life, naturally, just like all presidential candidates must be, but being pro-life isn’t the same as being against killing.  No indeed.  One of the first things President Santorum plans to do is bomb the hell out of the Iranian nuclear facilities, and who knows what else.  Any leader driven by religious certainties instead of rational analysis is a liability and a danger to world peace, such as it is.  It’s hard to see much  difference between the fundamentalism of Santorum and the religious lunacy of Iran’s Ahmedinejad.   If it comes to a fight between the US and Iran, it will be Christian mullah versus Islamic mullah.

Some Democrats take the view that Santorum is an asset to them, dividing the Republicans and robbing their challenge of any credibility while, for the same reasons, many Republicans despair at the shenanigans of the candidates for selection, but it’s not that simple.

Santorum is articulate.  He doesn’t come from the wealthy and privileged background that produced Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.  The only thing all three candidates have in common is a ridiculous name, but that’s nothing unusual in America.  If it comes to a head-to-head with Obama, Santorum will be able to exploit the president’s vulnerabilities by accusing him of being a pampered Liberal, a member of the academic elite and out of touch with the needs of the average Joe.  Santorum comes from a working-class family and he speaks persuasively to the blue-collar constituency.  He’ll tell them, with sincerity, that he doesn’t think they should have to suffer for the wrongdoings of the banks, and that message will resonate, because he really means it.

Obama would wipe the floor with Romney or Gingrich, but maybe not so much with Santorum.

He might be a religious lunatic, but he’s not a fool.  This guy can talk and he understands where his core support lies.

President Ahmedinejad, meet President Ahmedinejad.

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Here’s a few quotes from Rick.

  9 Responses to “Rick Santorum Has Much In Common With Fundamentalist Islam”

Comments (9)
  1.  

    Very good of you not to mention his “Google problem“. I will, instead.

    He also denies equating homosexuality with polygamy and bestiality etc.

    However, Santorum is merely representative of this year’s Republican field for the nomination. Penn Jillette has plenty to say about them all.

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    I could see no reason to mention that since it didn’t originate with the man in question. There’s enough to criticise in his utterances without sinking to that level.

  3.  

    Maureen Dowd in the Times on Monday doesn’t think he stands a chance and neither do I. Google Mitt Romney Gordon Geko and feast your beadies on the picture that emerges. Chilling!

  4.  

    A contest between Gingrich and Obama would be interesting.

    He’s articulate, well-read, and not a complete lunatic. He presents himself well and would probably be a match for Obama in debate.

    Age difference could be a factor, although Gingrich would be about 70 taking office, the same as Reagan was. Obama looks youthful and fit, while Gingrich looks obese, but in a nation of obese people, maybe that isn’t too much of a drawback.

  5.  

    Gingrich would probably be the best debater, but a lot of people don’t trust him at all (including Republicans). He has some very questionable “consulting” gigs in the past, and more skeletons in the closet than a morgue. I don’t think he’s electable.
    Ron Paul is a dark horse with his libertarian platform, though the media seems determined to avoid him.
    With a very compressed primary schedule, the nomination probably goes to Romney with by far the biggest war chest, unless he blows himself up or one of the others can catch fire very quickly.

  6.  

    “A contest between Gingrich and Obama would be interesting.”

    You know what would have been more interesting to me.
    A contest between Herman Cain and Obama, just for the bit of craic like.
    The Daily Show and Colbert aren’t the same since he’s gone.

  7.  

    I feel some powerful man love for John Stewart, and I aint even……

  8.  

    No h. (Jon Stewart)

    I’d say you’d get up on a gust of wind would ya John M.

    I much prefer Colbert myself.
    Mmm.

  9.  

    I knew that and YES, cracked plate, burst mattress, gust of wind, la la la.

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