Rick Santorum

Today I will be reviewing Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania. Personally, I don’t think Santorum has a snowballs chance of even making the primary, but he seems to be a likable guy, and he did place fourth in the Iowa straw poll, so here goes.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is probably the most outspoken Pro-Life candidate, and strongly believes in protecting the life of the unborn. Unless a pregnancy occurs as a result of incest, rape or is an endangerment to the life of the mother. This is actually the standard among most conservatives to the point of almost being moot. I do have some reservations to this stance, specifically allowing abortion in the case of rape. Although it undeservingly impacts the mother (who may not want a child), but I personally do not believe in punishing an unborn child for a crime committed by that child’s father. But this is a discussion for another article.

Santorum’s view on our involvement in Afghanistan is equally strong, and he questions Obama’s motives for the troop withdrawal, and even the withdrawal itself. He believes that we should finish what we have started there. I applaud his strong stand on this, but even I question whether or not we can actually win any sort of conflict in Afghanistan. We have little to no allies there, and of those we do have, I do not believe they are true allies. I will concede that there are some there who do want freedom and democracy, but they are in the minority. With groups such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, I put our chances of successfully overcoming them to be slim to none.

I really like Santorum’s stand on China. He has stated that Obama’s blatant timidity in dealing with China is a way to give in to China’s aggressiveness, and believes that America has a moral obligation to strike out against what he calls China’s “godless socialism.” I agree wholeheartedly. China’s communist regime has a well established history of hatred and animosity towards the United States, as well as an established history of total disregard for both civil and human rights. China is not a country American should be aligned with in any way, shape or form.

Santorum’s stand on same sex marriages is also right in line with many conservatives (myself included), and he believes that those who are advocating for it are simply attempting to force society to accept their behavior. He also opposes adoption by gay couples, and calls the practice against the order of nature. Many conservatives (myself included) believe just as strongly, and Santorum’s beliefs are in line with theirs.
Santorum is also well known for his “Santorum Amendment” into the “No Child Left Behind” act of 2001. In it, Santorum insisted that intelligent design be taught alongside the theory of evolution. Although the amendment was defeated, many conservatives were impressed by it, and it served to constructively add to the debate between creationists and evolutionists.
Santorum also gained points with conservatives by calling into question apologies made by Obama to other countries and their leaders, and saying that Obama’s repeated apologies had served to weaken America in the eyes of the international community. He has openly criticized Obama’s foreign policy as “ill-defined” and cited as examples, Obama’s response to the protests in Iran, Egypt and Libya.
Santorum has recognized that the inroads made by islamic sharia law into American jurisprudence are not much different that other previous ideological threats to America. He also defends the Second Amendment as well as the American citizens right to keep and bear arms.

 

Although Santorum has supported the “Guest Worker Program” for immigrants (with strict limitations), he has also voiced strong views opposing the flood of foreign workers into America, saying that it has caused damage to the nation. He also supported President Bush’s border fence initiative.

 

All in all, I find that I agree quite a bit with Santorum’s views, and I expect many conservatives to as well. That being said, however, whereas I would classify myself as a Reagan conservative (in that I do not favor big government), Rick Santorum would reject that classification, as he does favor big government. Santorum would impose, would have to impose so many new regulations and so many new government entities to enforce those regulations, just so all of his programs and policies could be implemented. Strike one.

 

Strike two, in my opinion, would be that Santorum’s mind does not always keep up with his mouth. Or vice versa. The best example I can offer would be his attempt to draw an analogy with the war in Iraq, with which Santorum clearly flubbed. He said, “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else. It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.” I mean no disrespect, but what the hell was he trying to say? It makes absolutely no sense. Being a fan of Tolkein, and familiar with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I can find no sense whatsoever in his statement. One can probably draw an analogy by viewing the jihadists as the dark forces of Sauron such as the orcs and uru-kai, and the rest of Middle Earth as our world, but in all honesty, Santorum should have taken the time to at least thought about what he was about to say, and his inability to do so indicates to me that he could be prone to making statements (say about Iran, or al qaeda, or whatever) before he even realizes what he has said. This type of emotionalism has no place in the White House, as far as I am concerned.

 

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