Rick Santorum Wins Three Primaries – NYTimes.com


The Loyal Opposition - From the Desk of Andrew Rosenthal

 

February 8, 2012

Finally Hearing from the Republican Core

By DAVID FIRESTONE

Rick Santorum speaks to supporters at his primary night rally at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri, February 7, 2012.Sarah Conard/Reuters

Rick Santorum speaks to supporters at his primary night rally at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri, February 7, 2012.

 

Rick Santorum’s three primary victories last night were the first ones in this campaign season that made some sense. At last, conservative voters united behind a candidate who actually resembles the Republican Party that Americans have come to know in the last three years.

The party that so despises government that it repeatedly tried to shut it down last year in Congress – or ruin its credit rating – is not truly represented by Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. Mr. Gingrich might enjoy closing Washington’s doors out of a sense of pique or domination, but both men are far too invested in the city’s power structure to shut it down out of a sense of belief.

Mr. Santorum is the only one of the three who can actually appear heartfelt when asserting, as he did today on Morning Joe, that “the central issue of the day is government oppressing and taking away our economic freedoms.” For him, as for the true believers who now dominate his party, this isn’t just a cynically crowd-pleasing line at a debate; he actually subscribes to the notion that the federal government is stalking its own citizens and mugging them of free choice, and he has for years.

It was all there in his victory speech last night in a suburb of St. Louis, which was structured in the classic paranoid style. Whether it is health care, the bank bailouts, or the environment, he said, an elitist President Obama deliberately ignored the American people and imposed an oppressive mandate that impoverished the country of its liberty.

“We have a president of the United States,” he said, “who’s someone who believes he knows better, that we need to accumulate more power in Washington, D.C., for the elite in our country, to be able to govern you because you are incapable of liberty, that you are incapable of freedom. That’s what this president believes.”

What counts when delivering this kind of nonsense, of course, is whether you can appear to share the same bone-chilling fear of government held by so many of the Republican voters in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. Mr. Santorum, unlike his rivals, clearly does. And he is the best in the field at suggesting that government authority is particularly noxious because it dares to replace religious authority.

“When the government gives you rights, unlike when God gives you rights, the government can take them away,” he said. “When government gives you rights, the government can tell you how to exercise those rights.”

But when the Catholic Church tells its tens of thousands of employees that they do not have the right to easy access to birth control, that is simply religious liberty, in his view. The church stands for freedom of conscience, he said, while Mr. Obama, in requiring access to contraceptives, “would roll over that and impose his secular values on the people of this country.”

Churches telling people how to live: liberty. Government disagreeing: oppression. Like his followers, Mr. Santorum sees no contradiction there.

Mr. Santorum still lacks Mr. Romney’s money and organization, but his fervency may at least have pushed aside one of the two conservative poseurs, Newt Gingrich. He deserves to become a real threat to Mr. Romney, because he better represents the extreme strain of his party that every day alienates a few more Americans who see some value in the collective effort known as government.

 Rick Santorum Wins Three Primaries – NYTimes.com.

, , , , , , ,

  1. Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

SATIRE NATION

Off the charts...

Thoughtfully Prepping

My Scribblings about Prepping and Survivalism

Derek's Blog

Personal Blog about nothing

Zany Zach's Blog

Amateur blog for mostly Film/CD/Book/TV reviews .........

The Better Man Project

A man in progress. One day at a time.

Don Charisma

because anything is possible with Charisma

∙ tenderheartmusings ∙

we were born naked onto the page of existence; with nothing but the pen of our soul to write ourselves into eternal ecstasy ~ DreamingBear Baraka Kanaan

The Wine Wankers

Smile :) You’re at the best wine blog ever! Scroll down to read our fun stories, and join our journey as we fight through the wine jargon in search of a good glass of wine. Wine blogs; the best place to read about wine online! We're rated as one of the most infuential wine people on the net by Klout and Kred. Contact: winewankers@hotmail.com

Good Time Stories

Inspiring and Heartwarming Stories

musings from a musical mind

60's flowerchild,herbalist,dreamer, seeker of truth

retireediary

The Diary of a Retiree

AirportsMadeSimple

Your Interactive Travel Magazine~Showcasing a Variety of Authors

oasisbidari

A fine WordPress.com site

NoWorksSalvationApocalypseNow

Finishing Lifes Race Strong

Deep Shit Media

Alternative Sovereign Communications

38 Years

Perspective from the middle ages of life

Bookgirl

A great WordPress.com site

Chastisement 2013

Watch and Be Ready

Direct From The Street - Stuff We And People Share

Photos, Videos, Articles - Business, Social Media, Marketing, Entertainment, Fashion, Sports, Life

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 364 other followers

%d bloggers like this: