By Jack Jodell, Feb. 9. 2012

Self-appointed moralist Rick “Man-On-Dog” Santorum, the extremely socially-conservative “alternative” to Mitt Romney for this summer’s Republican presidential nomination, shocked the nation by beating Romney in three states Romney had actually won in 2008. He actually even pushed Romney to third place in the Minnesota GOP caucus vote, and soundly defeated him in Missouri as well as edging him more narrowly in Colorado. He achieved these victories with a shoestring budget, simply by making numerous public appearances in each state (as opposed to sinking millions into expensive TV ads as both Romney and NUT Gingrich had done previously).

Santorum’s victories underscore not only how tepid Republican support is for Romney, but also how extremely far-right the GOP has become. For Santorum is what once would have been referred to as an eccentric crackpot extremist, with social views well divorced from the mainstream of American politics. Proof of this lies in the 18-point thumping the then-incumbent Santorum got in his unsuccessful bid for a third-term in his last Pennsylvania senate race. Just as a reminder, he has advanced a lot of strange ideas and quotes over the years. He has declared his belief that nowhere in the Constitution is the right to personal privacy granted. He has labeled contraception “a danger” to the country. In South Carolina last year, he proclaimed,  “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.” This would be laughable if he weren’t dead serious about it. As any lamebrain with even the slightest knowledge of history knows, the Crusades were acts of aggression undertaken for profit and plunder by corrupt popes in the pre-reformation Christian church. They helped create a rift between Christians and Islam which exists to this very day.

But it is on the subject of homosexuals and gay rights that Santorum has displayed his  bigotedness and severe homophobia. Again, he has demonstrated his extreme views in several quotes. Rather than taking a live-and-let-live approach to homosexuality, as most of the electorate has now done, he has taken a strong stance against gay marriage and gay rights in general. “Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?” he has said. His ignorance in this area is apalling. This has gone on for years. In a 2003 AP interview, Santorum said, “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. … That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.” This statement is every bit as far-fetched as anything the crazy Michele Bachmann has ever said. Both she AND Santorum, narrow-minded fools they are, seem to be obsessed with the idea of gay sex. This holier-than-thou attitude only sits well with an ever-shrinking number of American voters. She, of course, has already departed from the race. When will Santorum follow suit? 

Unfortunately, that may be quite a while. For, in spite of his gargantuan SuperPAC and vast personal wealth, Mitt Romney has failed to garner enough conservative support to seal the deal with the far-right reactionary base of his party. Until he does, this race will go on and on and on, and kooks like NUT Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Santorum will continue to divide that wretched party and may well hand the election back  to the President in the process. We could do worse, since none of these GOP knuckleheads is worthy of the office anyway, but it will be nauseating to see Gingrich and Santorum both trying to play the populist card in reaching out phonily to midwestern American workers. For all of these wedge-driving fools are members of, and will only really cater to, the uppermost 1% of the income scale!

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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14 Responses to MAN-ON-DOG BITES MITT!

  1. Santorum is a dangerous and crazy nutcase. But ironically, in one of the earlier GOP debates he made one of the most intelligent observations I’ve ever heard in a modern presidential debate. He pointed out (correctly) that the U.S. now lags many European nations in social mobility (a little-known fact that has staggering implications for the whole concept of how Americans view our “anyone can be rich through hard work” society). I had read about this before I heard Santorum mention it and I was stunned that he brought it up. It was a particularly odd topic to mention at a GOP debate, (where candidates are usually only allowed to rave about how great America is and and how we “lead” the world in all respects).
    Briefly, I wondered if Santorum was actually a bit smarter than he gets credit for. But now, I realize that it was all just a fluke and that even a broken clock can be correct twice a day. Santorum is nothing more than a moron and a Santorum presidency would be a horror-fest that would make us nostalgic for the Bush years.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Those are excellent observations on your part and I agree completely. When Santorum made that comment, he was undoubtedly attempting the trick working Americans into thinking he really cared, which he doesn’t. If he DID care about them, he wouldn’t be a dyed in the wool reactionary who constantly puts twisted ideology well in front of the common good.

  2. JollyRoger says:

    The Rushpubliscum rank and file have sent a pretty strong message about Willard several times now. Let’s face it; voting for Newt and Rapture Rick is about like grasping the grass as you fall in the stone quarry.

  3. Darlene says:

    Remember, that only Republicans are voting in this election. I think the rational Republicans sat this one out as they don’t like any of the candidates and the outcomes reflect the Tea Party mentality as they are the ones fired up to vote. In a general election. Santorum would probably only garner 20% of the vote. At least I hope that is true.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      I think you’re onto something there. That is why I remain reasonably optimistic about our chances overall this fall. Idiots like Scott Walker have succeeded in firing up the base of both unions and the Occupy protesters, as well a the 99%, and that does NOT bode well for the Republicans!

  4. Tom Harper says:

    “Santorum is what once would have been referred to as an eccentric crackpot extremist.”

    He still is. The only trouble is, there are a lot more voters in that same category than there used to be. But still not enough to elect a wacko like Santorum — we hope!

  5. Stimpson says:

    Saying contraception is “a danger” to America – that’s the Santorumism I find most bizarre. He’s a nutcase, as you say.

    On a somewhat related topic, have you seen Bill Moyers’ calm, rational dismantling of Gingrich’s demonization of Saul Alinsky? It’s perfect.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thank you so much for sharing that OUTSTANDING link, Stimpson! Bill Moyers, just like Saul Alinsky, represents what is good about this country, and I am delighted that he took the time and effort to set the record straight on Mr. Alinsky!

  6. Bad enough that Santorum is a sanctimonious know-it-all with aspirations of imposing theocracy on a big, diverse and free society. What makes him really dangerous is his ignorance and incredibly shallow intellect.

    “. . . I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?”

    I question whether someone who would spout that embarrassingly illiogical claptrap to an audience can read and comprehend the Constitution and International Declaration of Human Rights, which says, in part:

    “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

    • jackjodell53 says:

      I agree with you. I think this cocky fool lives in a delusional world of his very own where no difference from him or his opinion is allowed.

  7. Max's Dad says:

    When a stain like Santorum gets loose like he did in Minnesota it just tells me most normal Minnesotans thought the idea of caucusing with a bunch of Ron Paultards and Santorums was a close second to sitting at home and watching Biggest Loser or something. Who would want to spend time in a room with that bunch? Not me.
    Anyway, I read in Rolling Stone about what’s going on in Anoka with the student suicides. Bachmann must be proud of her old high school. The sad part is she probably is. Keep hammering them, Jack!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks, Max’s Dad!
      Yeah, rumor has it the reasons for the suicides were that they all learned Bachmann was their representative. It shows how screwed up Minnesota Republicans are, though, that they overwhelmingly voted for Rapture Rick and Paultard. Utterly pathetic!

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