Friday, March 2, 2012

Santorum

Rick Santorum is a deeply troubled and misguided man. Here's the three things you need to know:

1. He wants to overturn Griswold v. Connecticut (which stopped states from banning contraception). Therefore, it follows that he wants our government to ban contraception. He has made it clear that his beliefs regarding contraception are based on religious teachings. Thus, Rick Santorum wants to enact laws explicitly based on religious doctrine. He also decries Islam and, more specifically, Sharia law as terribly oppressive and constricting. He denounces religious law, but he also supports it. Hypocrite.

2. He thinks that colleges are "indoctrination mills" and that Obama is a "snob" for boldly setting forth the goal that every American go to college. It's funny how the facts (http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/press/cost04/EducationPays2004.pdf) tend to make Santorum look like a fool.

3. He likens Obama and his opponents (progressives in general) to Hitler and Satan. I do not believe that he is using inflammatory rhetoric for the sake of being elected, rather, he truly believes that liberals are influenced by Satan. When one believes fellow Americans are evil incarnate, compromise becomes impossible, and oppression becomes likely. If he were elected, scary things could happen to liberals. 

I have nothing against informed, principled conservativism. Rick Santorum is not a conservative, he's an insular thinker with a world view that would be laughed out of even the 20th century. He shouldn't have a pulpit in the 21st.

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