“Honest, Committed, Extremely Conservative, and Passionate” are adjective that I might have used to describe Rick Santorum a week ago. However as Rick has risen in popularity, the media has done a more thorough job in getting background information on Santorum. Now the words we might use to describe him might include “dishonest, corrupt, liar, scoundrel,” and it would seem that only a fool, or another scoundrel (see definition of a “Rogue”) would defend or support anything he says.

Let me be specific.

 

1. ABORTION

The issue of abortion seems to be the single most important issue to Rick Santorum. He feels so strongly about prohibiting abortion, he believes that even in the cases of rape and incest, the victim should regard that “child” as a “gift” and should have the baby.  Santorum has been so extreme in his views about abortion, he has described abortions as a “great moral wrong and believes doctors who provide them should face legal proceedings.”  This extreme position on abortion of Rick Santorum was hard to reconcile with the history of Rick Santorum’s wife who lived with an abortion doctor for a period of five years before she began dating Rick. She reported at that time, to the abortion doctor, Dr. Allen, that Rick was “pro-choice.”  This would be consistent with the report from Hufffington Post yesterday that Rick Santorum was “basically pro-choice until I (Santorum) ran for Congress.”  This report would also be consistent with the decision that Rick Santorum and his wife made to save her life when she had a troubled pregnancy, and the only way to save her life was to terminate the pregnancy.  Although Rick has called the medical justification for an abortion “phony” in the case of other women, but it wasn’t “phony” in the instance of HIS wife.   Thus for Rick Santorum to portray himself as “pro-life” is deceitful, and clearly an attempt to mislead the electorate.

 

2. Conservative Values

Rick Santorum has stated he is a conservative, but in fact, Ron Paul, a Republican has proved that Rick Santorum has not behaved as a fiscal conservative.

 

3. Health Care

Rick Santorum has attacked Obama for his attempt to ensure health care for everyone.  As a Senator, Rick Santorum supported the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit known as Medicare Part D. He voted for the plan and ran television commercials noting that support. In the 2012 election, Senator Santorum was critical of that program. He stated that it was not funded properly as it simply spends whatever seniors need. He stated that his vote for that program was a mistake, but that he voted in favor of the reform because of other portions of the program, and that no other option was on the table. He claimed in a debate that the overall reform program had come in 40% under budget.  Senator Santorum has supported the plan proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan to transition Medicare to a voucher system to allow seniors to purchase health care on the open market. He has stated that this proposed plan is identical to Medicare Advantage, where seniors get resources from the federal government and then go out and make choices on what to purchase. Senator Santorum opposed the 2009-2010 health care reform plan known as Obamacare and supports it’s repeal. He stated that under the plan, Medicare would be cut starting in 2014 and the government would be rationing of care from the top down.  Santorum has indicated that, like Palin, his position is that Obama’s health plan would result in Death Panels.  It didn’t seem to matter to Santorum that “death panels” was voted as the “biggest lie of the year.”

In addition, when Santorum’s child was in need of medical care he suggested that under Obama’s leadership, many underprivileged children would not receive the care they so desperately needed. Santorum said: “Put simply, a patient should be the decision-maker in their care — not a government or bureaucrat.” Yet the truth is that from 2007 through the first half of 2011, Santorum served on the board of directors of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the country’s largest hospital chains. Thus Santorum was one of the very bureaucrats he has criticized. 

4. Birth Control

Santorum has taken the position that use of birth control is improper, and that sex should be for the purpose of procreation only. Forget for a moment the inappropriateness of Rick Santorum telling people when and for what purpose they can have sex, and with whom. Rick’s wife who lived with the abortion doctor wanted to have children, and Dr. Allen had already had children. After five years of living with the Doctor, Mrs. Santorum left Dr. Allen and started seeing Rick in hopes that he would want a family too. Thus, it would be fair to assume that Mrs. Santorum either used birth control for the five years she lived with Dr. Allen, or she had one or more abortions when she got pregnant. Dr. Allen had proved his fertility previously, and Mrs. Santorum has has several children with Rick, so fertility was not her problem.

Sarah Palin came to the defense of Rick Santorum yesterday, suggesting that his reference to Satan, having his sights on the United States, was perfectly appropriate. Instead of focusing the electorate on the political differences between ideologies of the Democratic and Republican parties, or among the different Republican candidates in the primary race, Santorum explained that we are not facing a “political war” but instead a “spiritual war.” Obama is Christian. Santorum is Christian. It is Mitt Romney that has a different religion. Thus the obvious focus of both Santorum and Palin is an attack on Mitt Romney for his religious views, rather than his political views. The reference to Satan would suggest that Mitt Romney, a fellow Republican, is influenced by Satan. Santorum and Palin seem to feel a religious leader is what the U.S. needs to govern our country. For me, I’ll look for a religious leader to lead me in prayer, and a Commander-in-Chief to lead in the war on terror. Satan may be the enemy in church, but Satan isn’t the enemy in Iran. It’s real people committing real acts of terrorism. Last time I checked it wasn’t the Mormons who have committed evil acts in the U.S. It wasn’t a preacher who took out Osama bin Laden, it was a real leader, leading real soldiers, in a real fight; not in prayer.

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