Rick Santorum Wants to Fight


According to Rick Santorum we need “strong, principled conservatives” to defend the Republican platform, of which Romney is at the helm, in order to “counterbalance” people like me.

Apparently, small-government constitutionalism founded on sound money, peace and liberty is the opposite of “conservative.” Meanwhile, the “principles” of Romney are political expedience, big government, big business bailouts and perpetual war. Now, one might argue that the platform endorsed by Santorum is one of “taking one for the team.” Support Romney to beat Obama “at all costs” and secure the White House for Republicans. I have two issues with this: First, Santorum is a No Child Left Behind-supporting, Medicare Plan D-voting, big government Republican himself and therefore his preferred platform extends beyond simply endorsing a non-conservative to save the conservative party. To Santorum, conservatism is “restructuring” big-government, not making it smaller. But  even those who disagree with Romney but support him anyway betray conservative values to partisan politics and the “lesser of two evils” con-game: that’s not being a “strong, principled conservative” that’s bowing to expedience.

The Republican party is in desperate need of strong, principled conservatives, and it has them: they are Ron Paul supporters and they are people like me. Do we toe the party line? No. Does that make us less “conservative”? Not when its the party and not us straying from conservative values, it doesn’t. However, if the Republican party continues to alienate and oppose us it won’t have us for much longer and what vestige of conservatism the party still has will be lost to it as more and more concerned Americans identify as independent or vote third-party.

Is There a Doctor in the House?


As my graduation from Franciscan University approaches blogging has been, and will continue to be, scarce so here’s an article reposted from the Daily Paul:

Here is a Facebook commentary from Adrian Murry, a Rick Santorum supporter and Ft. Worth tea party leader, who recently attended a Ron Paul event in Ft. Worth, TX:

…I have spoken before a lot of groups in the last several years as we have all grappled with the seeming dissolution of our country. I have half-jokingly said on many of these occasions that the other side doesn’t really have to defeat us politically, they just have to wait for us all to die off so they can implement their plans. My point has been that the greatest issue facing the conservative cause is a demographical one, a lack of diversity that will shortly render the conservative message irrelevant. Where are the youth? I and others have asked. Where are the people of color? Why doesn’t the conservative message resonate?

The answer to where they are could be found last night at the Will Rogers Auditorium. Often at political events there is a sense of excitement, anticipation, a certain buzz in the audience while waiting for the main event. Excitement, anticipation and buzz are weak and inadequate words to describe the pre-rally crowd last night. Energy is even inadequate. What undulated through the thousands who thronged outside before the doors opened last night was a kinetic power, the power of hope, the power of liberation, the power of anger at a system turned upside down, the power of liberation and, yes, the ultimate and emancipating power of freedom. You had to be there to understand it.

Once inside, for the only time in my politically active life, I was transported to a world I had not seen before. There was enough energy in that room to power a skyscraper. Teenagers, college students, whites, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, middle-aged, elderly, every racial, ethnic, socio-economic, cross cultural ingredient of the American melting pot was there. The auditorium was a cauldron of American citizens who understand and have grasped the true nature of the tyranny which has befallen this nation, a conflagration, if you will, of passion and anger and joy and determination. This is where the fire starts this time. The eruption when Mr. Paul took the stage was deafening…

What exactly is our national security securing? Certainly not our liberty. We have been sacrificing ever larger chucks of our liberty to the gods of security for decades now and in the interests of securing our liberty have given it all away. Go to an airport if you want to witness the loss of liberty in all its glorious humiliation. One wonders if we actually were taken over by another power and our Constitution dismantled what exactly could they do to restrict our movements, monitor our activities and control our actions that would be any worse or oppressive than what our own government is doing right now?

This part of Mr. Paul’s message, if I have interpreted it correctly, is what resonates with me. All the other things pale in contrast to our becoming a nation of slaves.

So what did I come away with last night? It can be captured in one picture. Before Mr. Paul was introduced, part of his family took the stage: his wife, one of his sons, a smattering of cousins, nieces and nephews. That picture tells us all we need to know. They are us. They weren’t pulled from central casting, exquisitely coifed and finely tailored, prepped and ready for the cameras. No. They are a family. They are us….

America is on the brink of flatlining.

Which logically only leads to one question:

Is there a doctor in the house?

Which logically only leads to one answer:

Ron Paul 2012

To The Santorum Supporters


Reposted from the Daily Paul:

TO THE SANTORUM SUPPORTERS:

I would like to take this time to tip my hat and show my appreciation to the Santorum supporters out there. I am a Ron Paul supporter and although we differ on a few issues, I have tremendous respect for you guys and the spirit in which you pursued this campaign. This year should serve as a model for what can be accomplished when the people are passionate about their futures. It is my hope that we can all join together under the banner of Liberty and bring victory and lasting change to our great nation.

Liberty allows us all to find common ground and will bring us together. The concept of Liberty holds value for all beliefs, races, and motivations.

The concept of Liberty means that we can all be free and have equal chance to prosper.

Liberty means that we can worship as we please and be free from government intrusion into our respective religions.

Liberty means that we be secure in our homes and in public from unwarranted searches and harassment. Liberty means we won’t be strip searched for unpaid parking tickets nor does it allow strangers to fondle your loved ones before boarding a plane.

Liberty means that when we go to war, we do it to protect each other and not to further the agenda of those that oppress us. Our service members are there to protect their loved ones, not to be mercenaries for countries that hate us.

Liberty means that we no longer have to fear the government or answer to their mandates. Instead, the government takes a back seat and gives us what we desire most: to be left alone.

Liberty means that our money is not shifting quicksand but instead is solid as a rock. I trade hours of my life for money, hours that I can never get back. When the government taxes us and inflates the currency, they are stealing and devaluing my life. From the moment that we are born, our days are numbered. The time spent away from my family had better be spent in a worthy endeavor. My life’s work is not to pay for foreign aid to Pakistan, not to bailout Wall Street, nor to fund Planned Parenthood.

Liberty means that you won’t be jailed for the color of your skin or the clothes you wear.

Liberty means that everyone has a seat at the table, not just a privileged few. Liberty wields more power than Goldman Sachs.

I am not not gloating, but instead I offer all of you an outstretched hand in friendship. Together, we can change this country and bring joy and stability to our lives, especially if we work together. It is my hope that you good people will see the value in Liberty. Liberty means we can live in peace, love our families, and lead our lives in the fashion that brings us the most fulfillment and happiness.

Please consider supporting Ron Paul. I can promise you that Liberty will bring more to your lives and will never take from you. I can also promise you that once you have had a taste of Liberty, you will never desire to live any other way.

Rick Santorum: Bought and Paid for by AIPAC


While Rick Santorum adheres (mostly) to his Catholic faith in regards to domestic social issues like abortion and traditional marriage (and should be commended for doing so) he has a consistent history of contradicting not only church doctrine in his foreign policy but reality. Richard Silverstein (a pro-Israel Jew, mind you, in case anyone is tempted to call anti-semite) decries Santorum’s political rhetoric concerning Israel a “fairy-tale” pointing out that Santorum’s claims that all the residents of the West Bank are “Israeli”; those who call themselves Palestinian aren’t Palestinians but Israelis, because there is no such thing as Palestinians; and Israel “owns” the West Bank by dint of war and conquest are all views with no basis in reality or US or Israeli policy but purely made-up ideological talking points pulled out of thin air for purely political reasons.

Of course, considering that one of the largest and possibly most influential lobbyist groups in all of American politics is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) I can see why Santorum would go so far as to even defy reality for the sake of appeasing the Israeli establishment. There’s a lot of money at stake here.

I urge you to read Silverstein’s full analysis here.

Attacks on Santorum Family Life Are Appalling


While Rick Santorum receives tremendous criticism in politics I am appalled by the attacks on his personal life. He is a father of eight (one deceased) including his youngest daughter Isabella, who suffers from a serious genetic disorder, and homeschools his children. That is not easy and I say, Rick and Karen Santorum: more power to you. I believe that the way in which Rick and Karen handled the death of their preterm son Gabriel was a very heathly way to cope and truly respected the short life of their son. I believe that their decision to keep their daughter Isabella and to love her anyway, Trisomy 18 and all, should be applauded by everyone. Despite how labor intensive it can be, I’m glad that the Santorums homeschool their children since homeschooling has consistently correlated with more intact families, higher test scores, and higher involvement in the community. I also see nothing wrong with having large families despite claims that having more than two children is “irresponsible.”

So when people like Bill Maher decry Rick Santorum as wanting to homeschool his children because he wants them locked up in his “Christian madrassa” and brainwash them or when Alan Colmes characterizes Santorum’s decision to bring his deceased child home as “crazy” frankly I think that that’s baseless mudslinging and its disgusting.

In case anyone has forgotten, while people are busy bashing the personal life of a father of eight who is engaged in his children’s lives and has been married to his first and only wife for 22 years, Newt Gingrich, serial adulterer, is still running for President.

Rick Santorum: “Vote for Ron Paul – That’s What You Should Do.”


When asked to explain why he voted for Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, and five debt ceiling increases Rick Santorum’s response is to shake his head and sarcastically remark, “vote for Ron Paul – that’s what you should do.”

Now, I understand that Santorum was probably flustered in the face of a heckler raising difficult questions about his voting record but to respond to serious inquiries from a voter with a sarcastic non-answer is disrespectful and unbecoming of a presidential candidate. Regardless of how you feel about Rick Santorum, the American people deserve an explanation as to why they should vote for a man who describes himself as a “conservative heavyweight” but then votes for a big government, welfare state. If the prerequisites for conservatism are out-of-control national debt, socialized medicine and socialized education then I want no part in it.

Remember, this is the same totalitarian federal government that forces our states to provide free healthcare and education to millions of illegal immigrants – in the middle of a recession. While Santorum is against benefits for people who came here illegally and has his own solution to the illegal immigration problem he apparently has no problem with expanding their government-mandated entitlements in the meantime. We deserve an honest answer from Senator Santorum explaining why he believes his big-government voting record is compatible with his claims to being a conservative heavyweight.

Instead, by offering the alternative response that anyone who questions his record should just “vote for Ron Paul,” even sarcastically, suggests that if you oppose programs like No Child Left Behind or Medicare D, or are against increasing our already out-of-control debt you are already doomed and should just vote for some quixotic candidate who the Republican establishment refuses to recognize because any explanation for Santorum’s actions will just be lost on you. You don’t deserve to know why he voted the way he did; you’re job is to fall in line because he says he’s a conservative heavyweight.

Because if you don’t vote for Rick Santorum then <strike>the terrorists</strike> Obama wins. Never mind that Santorum’s voting record is remarkably similar to Obama’s own on everything from entitlement programs like Medicare to federally-controlled education to riotous federal spending habits. Thanks Santorum, maybe I will vote for Ron Paul and, if you want to see an actual reduction in government spending and federal control over every aspect of your life, maybe you should too.

Apologizing for America’s Mistakes is not Un-American


Columnist Gary Younge is spot on when he states that apologizing for America’s mistakes is not un-American. In fact, recognizing and working to rectify America’s shortcomings is precisely the patriotic thing to do. So when President Obama offers apologies to Afghanistan when we burn Korans, or when a U.S. soldier goes on a shooting rampage killing 16 Afghans, in an attempt to defuse escalating violence abroad I say kudos. Why do I say that? Because even though I consider Obama possibly the worst president in American history I’m not a bigot and, therefore, don’t decry the positive actions of my opponents in the name of misplaced tribal loyalties. Unfortunately, those on the right seem more interested in engaging in polarizing rhetoric than in giving credit where credit is due. In Romney’s words:

“Never before in American history has its president gone before so many foreign audiences to apologize for so many American misdeeds, both real and imagined. It is his way of signalling to foreign countries and foreign leaders that their dislike for America is something he understands and that is, at least in part, understandable. There are anti-American fires burning all across the globe; President Obama’s words are like kindling to them.”

Strange words. Am I to believe that it was Obama’s formal apology for the American military’s Koran burning that lead to the subsequent riots and violence and not, perhaps, the Koran burnings themselves? To say nothing of the remarks made by Gingrich and others like him demanding that Afghanistan should be the ones apologizing to us. Remember that, should our military ever accidentally burn a pile of Bibles like they “accidently” burned Korans then its the Christians who owe our government an apology. Ridiculous.

On the same issue of Koran burning Rick Santorum recently argued that Obama’s apology over the US military burning Korans in Afghanistan, showed weakness:

“It suggests that there is somehow blame, this is somehow that we did something wrong in the sense of doing a deliberate act wrong. I think it shows that we are – that I think it shows weakness.”

Even if our military’s Koran burning really was accidental blame still exists. The Koran is sacred to the 1.7 billion Muslims of the world just as the Bible is sacred to Christians and apologizing for their destruction shows integrity not weakness. Some things are more important than cowardly attempts at saving face.