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Lily Gouin April 19, 2024

Santorum’s views scare U.S. voters

Any of my friends can tell you I am not shy about my political beliefs. I don’t truly fall under the liberal or conservative umbrellas, but I do have very strong feelings about nearly every issue.

I usually try and keep an open mind in regards to the positives about each and every presidential candidate (although I have become supremely disillusioned with the current Republican Party candidates).

But Rick Santorum is making a very strong case as one of the worst major-party presidential candidates of all time. As a firm believer in the Establishment Clause (often erroneously referred to as “separation of church and state”), I tend to be wary of any candidate that the established evangelical base is supporting. Thus begins a wonderful journey, not unlike “Alice in Wonderland,” where we will discover just how deep the rabbit hole and Rick Santorum’s insanity truly go.

The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” When asked about it by George Stephanopolous on Sunday, Santorum responded, “That makes me throw up.” But not before he slandered his case and created a hilarious straw-man argument, making it sound like the Establishment Clause prevents people of faith from being public figures.

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For a man who is of the party attacking Barack Obama for “violating the Constitution,” to say that a part of it he disagrees with makes him “throw up” seems at best hypocritical, at worst downright insane. The man prides himself as a Reagan-esque candidate, the same Ronald Reagan who proclaimed, “church and state are and must remain separate.”

Santorum has not been shy regarding his opinion of Obamacare. He has claimed his presidential campaign was inspired by Obamacare and the fact that it would essentially ration health care based on the usefulness of an individual to the whole of society, rather than caring for every individual. His fear was that under Obamacare, his special needs daughter Bella would therefore be denied coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

He forgets that the health care law expressly forbids insurance companies the right to deny people insurance based on pre-existing conditions. Santorum claims that Obamacare is an egregious violation of Obama’s constitutional abilities as president and that the government has no place regulating health and what goes into the human body (with the obvious exceptions of contraception and abortions for rape victims, clearly those are his business).

Of course, we all know about how Santorum feels regarding how sacred every human is, except for homosexuals. After all, his strategy for winning the Latino vote in the general election, should he win the nomination, was to turn them against the LGBT community.

In an October debate, Santorum answered a question regarding the Latino vote by stating the GOP can appeal to their sense of family and faith and continued on this point by stating how that is “what’s at stake in this country.” Sure, he didn’t expressly state that his plan was to turn the Latino community against the LGBT community, but the veil over the sentiment was as thin as Newt Gingrich’s sense of faith.

Speaking of faith, we’ve all become aware in recent weeks how Santorum feels about making sure that religious liberty in this country stays at the forefront of our values (as long as the religion that is given the liberty is his own) and how wrong it is to impose one religion upon people in this country who don’t share a particular faith.

Especially in the case of rape victims, as mentioned previously, Santorum has made it clear that he would allow for no exceptions for rape victims in his outright ban on abortion, and that rape victims should “make the best of a bad situation” and “accept God’s gift.”

This is totally not a religious statement or the imposition of religious views upon an unwilling participant, definitely not that.

Rick Santorum is so far out of touch with the modern world and the hypocrisy of his statements are truly terrifying.

I can only hope that cooler heads will win out and keep this man out of the White House.

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