RICK SANTORUM FOR PRESIDENT… IN 1480!

By Jack Jodell, Feb. 27, 2012

Rick Santorum, the wretched, reactionary Republican Party’s latest anybody-but-Mitt-Romney flavor of the month, has proven repeatedly he is a dangerous far-right extremist. Voters in the upcoming general election may very well wish to spit him out of the race entirely after his latest series of extreme rants.  This pathetic puppy has taken weird, well out-of-the-mainstream stances on a number of important issues. His racist and narrow-minded rhetoric seems better suited for the 1480 Spanish Inquisition than it does for our 2012 presidential election!  

In 1480 Spain, the Roman Catholic Church was all-powerful, both there and throughout the western world. This was decades before Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation in Germany, which shook Christendom to its very core. Prior to the Reformation, the Church held monarchs and their peoples in tow, threatening them with excommunication and eternal damnation should they fail to follow every papal edict. Thus it was with then-Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I. Anyone not a member of the Church or who threatened its power or influence, such as Jews or Islamists, had to either be converted or they would be destroyed. This prevailing attitude explains how the previous Crusades, as well as a number of anti-Jewish pogroms, came about. 

In 1480, the Ferdinand and Isabella issued orders for an examination, or inquisition, against the Jewish population in Spain, certain members of which were suspected of secretly practicing Judaism while publicly claiming to be Catholics. These allegations had been made beforehand by a Dominican friar to the Queen, and she and the King sought and received permission from the Vatican to perform this activity. If found guilty, these Jews would be forced to leave Spain and would have their property confiscated.

It soon became a witchhunt, with many actual innocent Christians being turned in by their enemies and with numerous incidences of brutal torture, burnings at the stake, and other public executions. At various points, several popes tried to put an end to this brutality, but their efforts were rebuffed by Ferdinand, who boldly rejected them as being an intrusion on his powers as a sovereign monarch. He had effectively used the Church to authorize and legitimize a subsequent blatant attempt to consolidate his grip on power! The fact that Ferdinand’s opportunistic actions involved the persecution of a specific minority within the Spanish population made it even worse. It serves as one of many good reasons why our Founding Fathers wisely pushed for a separation of church and state rather vthan adopting a state religion.

Now, more than 530 years later, we find extremists like Santorum trying to reunite the two. He is attempting to take the modern Catholic Church’s opposition to all forms of contraception (including condoms and birth control pills, neither of which actually kill a living fetus) and try to mold it into a ban on any federal support for contraception. Like many of his rabid right-wing followers, he supports the abolition of Planned Parenthood as a means to stop abortion, even though that organization performs NO abortions itself whatsoever. He is, effectively, telling women and men what they can or cannot do with their own bodies, and is advocating that the federal government be used as a vehicle to do so, So much for “small government conservatism.” In Rick Santorum’s moralistic world, ANY means justify his stated moral goals.

This man is a dangerous, misguided ideologue. He rails against public education, even though it has long been rhe cornerstone of our success as a nation and the great equalizer among various economic and ethnic groups. He has attacked higher learning. He claims to be a Christian, but he rashly advocates military action against Iran and has endorsed the concept of pre-emptive military strikes. He has termed children born from rape “a gift in a very broken way.” On the topic of climate change, he recently said, “the science-accepting crowd has it all wrong…we were put on this earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit and not the Earth’s benefit.” He went on to say that climate change is “an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.” This, of course, is pure paranoid delusion on Santorum’s part. For he is far more apt to “control your life” with his Puritannical moral code than are millions of concerned scientists and responsible government figures who are genuinely worried and fearful about the quality of our air and water.

His stated opinion that the West Bank is “Israeli land” and that there are no Palestinians there is, at best, horribly ignorant, and at worst, recklessly provocative. With the foolish statements he has made and extreme positions he has taken, Rick Santorum does not belong in this current presidential race. Rather, he should take his very outdated ideas and board a time machine to take him back to the Spanish Inquisition in 1480. He would be right at home there, and the people of that era would be very pleased with him as well!

         

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 RICK SANTORUM FOR PRESIDENT… IN 1480!

  1. Santorum never disappoints.

    Just when you think he can’t say anything more stupid, he sticks his foot in “it” again. And this guy is a serious GOP presidential candidate! I am speechless!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Jerry,
      Let’s face it: the guy is a blathering numbskull and his followers are either rabid ideologues and/or outrught low-information idiots.

  2. Oh Jack,
    According to Ricky, don’t you know that life begins at erection?

  3. SR says:

    I did not come here to get into into all of this, but I had to tell you. I love that dog on your avatar. Is he/she yours? God Bless, SR

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks for stopping by, SR. No, but I had a Golden Retriever which looked just like it years ago–they are my favorite breed. BTW, that’s a nice website you have. I love the gentle expression on Mary’s face! 😉

  4. SR says:

    Thank you, I liked the picture of Mary also. Happy Lent to you. God Bless, SR

    • jackjodell53 says:

      God bless you, too, SR. People like you give us Catholics a good name! I don’t engage in much religious discussion, as, like abortion (which I do NOT like), I believe it to be a personal matter and not something to make a lot of noise about. But when I encounter goodness and the joy of life such as you possess, I am moved to comment favorably. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you.

  5. stan chaz says:

    What a circus. Republicans condemn condoms! Republicans praise children of rape as a gift from God. Republicans legislate forced trans-vaginal probes. Republicans hate women (and men) who want to plan their families. What’s next? Republicans mandate missionary-position only? I hate to admit it, but Newt was right. ‘Cause Newt and all his Republican friends SHOULD set up a moon colony…. AND GO THERE! Then, they could tell each other what to do, and how to live, and who to love…. while leaving the REST of us alone, in peace, here on Earth. Newt, I always KNEW that you were a problem-solver. Unfortunately, you and your Republican friends ARE the problem…

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Stan,
      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment, with which I agree entirely. We are definitely on the same wavelength, my good man!

  6. S.W Anderson says:

    A Santorum presidency could bring America its first widespread religious strife. It would probably also cause a backlash that would make it hard for Protestant fundamentalists, at least outside the South, and conservative Catholics, to get elected to high office for a very long time.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      S.W.,
      I would regard those as excellent observations. The last thing we need is an all-ot “holy war” in this country. That is why Rapture Rick is a destructive candidate who MUST NOT get elected!

  7. Tom Harper says:

    In some perverse way, I hope Santorum gets the nomination. That should make Obama’s re-election a shoe-in. Santorum couldn’t possibly get elected. Could he???

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Tom,
      After the election of W, I learned to never say never. I do agree that Obama would most likely stomp on Santorum, and the GOP as a whole, if Raptire Rick got the nomination. Though greatly educated, it is abundantly clear that Rapture Rick learned very little of value in college, and that stands in stark contrast with Obama, who obviously learned a great deal. With the exception of his command of English, Santorum appears to have picked up little else from college, and I fail to see how he qualified for his degrees.

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