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The People versus Rick Santorum (Part II)

In March of 2012, I wrote a brief article about then-Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.  Predictably, his lofty political aspirations fizzled in large part thanks to his complete lack of charisma, morals, and possibly most offensive, his collection of hideous sweaters.  But here we are more than three years later and good ‘ol Ricky has announced his intentions to run for President in 2016.  Considering that he has not made any significant changes to his political ideology, or the goals he hopes to accomplish if elected, I’ve decided to give second life to this piece.

“Like most sensible Americans, I can’t help but wonder how Rick Santorum got this far.  His presidential candidacy started shakily enough; he was coming off the heels of a dramatic senate race loss, and was polling in the low single digits up until the Iowa caucuses.  However, as of May 28, Rick Santorum will have earned two victories to close out Super Tuesday.  Santorum’s success has left me wondering two questions: how did this happen – and more importantly, how can we stop it?

In mid-to-late 2011, when the GOP Presidential campaign first got underway, it was inconceivable that the former senator would ever break into the upper echelon of the political discussion.  After all, this was a man who brought home his dead fetus and made his family sleep with it.  He is the same man who also aspires to nullify existing gay marriages.  Like many of his fellow right wing stooges, he is fervently pro-Israel.  And like his fellow GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, Santorum wants nothing more than to blow Iran off the planet.  An unapologetic bigot and war monger, Santorum has managed to succeed in spite of his views – views which stand in stark contrast to that of the average American.

If you believe in the existence of an oligarchical New World Order, who secretly shape the world by picking the winners and losers, then the ascent of Rick Santorum can easily be explained as an attempt to guarantee the success of the Obama administration through 2016.  Surely a man so polarizing could not possibly be embraced by the public at large.  And yet Santorum continues to rise despite gleefully antagonizing homosexual Americans and members of the Islamic faith.  But he is not contented by merely dividing independents and democrats; Santorum’s storied position on gun control has also given many right wing supporters headaches.

The most disturbing criticism of Rick Santorum however, can also be levied against his fellow presidential hopefuls, including incumbent Barack H. Obama.  Like President Obama and his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, a Santorum presidency would see the continuation of positivism as the order of the day.  In the book, The Constitution in Exile, Judge Andrew Napolitano describes positivism as drawing morality from legislation; meaning that morality and justice are affected by way of passing laws.  A particular law or action are in fact moral and just because the State deems it to be.  In essence, rights are granted to the people by the state.  The opposing philosophy, natural law – a principal upon which this country was founded – states that all people have unalienable rights.  Because we are born with these rights, under no circumstance can they be taken away – especially through legislation.  The morality of our rights and freedoms are unquestionable; they are innate and inherently good.

Rick Santorum is an unapologetic positivist.  He hopes to achieve his particular ideology through federal legislation.  Under a Santorum presidency, laws based on his values regarding issues such as homosexuality, gay marriage, and abortion would be forced on the public.  Much like his opponent, Barack Obama, Rick Santorum does not respect our rights and hopes to model the United States after his particular vision.

To our countries credit, many independents, democrats, and even some republicans challenge the incompetency of politicians such as Santorum.  They realize that he is a bigot, an idiot, and an opportunist.   Unfortunately, it seems that those are the only qualifications necessary in becoming a successful member of the GOP in recent times.  Thankfully, Santorum’s ability to offend intellectuality everywhere may prove his undoing.  His inability to attract a constituency outside of bigots and party cheerleaders will make it difficult for him to beat out more moderate candidates.  Or perhaps this New World Order will find a more obedient puppet.”

Post-script – The political climate has changed quite dramatically since 2012.  I find it highly unlikely that Santorum will be able to replicate the (relative) success of his initial Presidential run.  Americans are quantitatively more hostile to the kind of political divisiveness that Ricky traffics in.  Santorum, a dyed-in-the-wool Statist , is not going to win support given the current upheaval over the NSA spying programs, the militarization of law enforcement, and the continual cycle of scandal plaguing many high-ranking Washington players.  In fact, I predict that he flops much earlier in the race than he did previously.  It is in the spirit of exposing such dangerous political ideologues that I re-post this article.  Thanks for reading.

 

 

Photo Source: AP/Charlie Riedel

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