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Coulter: Santorum Clueless On The Constitution

March 2, 2012 by  

Coulter: Santorum Clueless On The Constitution

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter penned an article earlier this week assailing Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum over his disdain for State’s rights.

Coulter, in her piece, points out that many of the issues Santorum braces his campaign with are ones that would be better suited for someone running for a gubernatorial position to take on, “family oriented matters about which the federal government can, and should, do very little.”

Coulter writes:

States could outlaw purple hats or Gummi bears under our Constitution!

State constitutions, laws, judicial rulings or the people themselves, voting democratically, tend to prevent such silly state bans from arising. But the Constitution written by James Madison, et al, does not prevent a state’s elected representatives from enacting them.

The Constitution mostly places limits on what the federal government can do. Only in a few instances does it restrict what states can do.

A state cannot, for example, infringe on the people’s right to bear arms or to engage in the free exercise of religion. A state can’t send a senator to the U.S. Congress if he is under 30 years old. But with rare exceptions, the Constitution leaves states free to govern themselves as they see fit.

In New York City, they can have live sex clubs and abortion on demand, but no salt or smoking sections. In Tennessee, they can ban abortion, but have salt, creches and 80 mph highways. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

And yet when Santorum tried to explain why states could ban contraception to Bill O’Reilly back in January, not once did he use the words “Constitution,” “constitutionally,” “federalism,” their synonyms or derivatives. Lawyers who are well familiar with the Constitution had no idea what Santorum was talking about.

The columnist then deducts that Santorum has little to no understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

Coulter’s piece backs up what GOP candidate Ron Paul has been saying about Santorum throughout the campaign: He is a fake, big government “conservative” using hot-button social issues that the Federal government has no business addressing to bolster support from social conservatives and the religious right.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://MSN beckerb50@msn.com

    Bob:

    In your “Aticle Tools”, previously, there was a “Print this Post” Choice that is no longer there. Is there any intention of returning it??

  • Deerinwater

    Rick Santorum is a clown , a very immature man and not very well educated on many levels. How he has manage to get as far as he has is suspect.

    • CJ

      That doesn’t remove the fact the others act just as immaturely on other issues. Pandering to an audience is equally as bothersome. There is no good choice in politics, just elimination of the worst ones, leaving the least bad as ‘winner.’ We can not fix our problem with only bad parts to choose from, it will only continue.

  • TIME

    Wow, the pot calling the kettle black. Now hows that for crazy?

  • eddie47d

    The scorpion queen speaketh and were suppose to drop everything and listen. Coulter is another Republican hack who keeps stroking her self importance.

    • CJ

      With liberalist attack comments like yours, she will always have a job, and an audience. You give her a target.

    • eddie47d

      She deliberately makes Herself a target. Haven’t you figured out these talking heads yet? They crave the notoriety or shock value.

      • Janice Sherman

        Santorum says what he believes as the truth and for some people, the truth hurts. He can please some of the people some of the time and not all of the people all the time.
        Get over it and Vote for Rick Santorum for the truth, even if it hurts! Go Rick!

      • ChristyK

        Vote Rick Santorum if you want perpetual war and want every aspect of your life controlled according to Rick’s personal oppinion. He is only about control. If you, however, want a Constitutional Republic (as intended by our founders) and care about freedom, Vote Ron Paul.

    • Duane

      And your libtard blondies on msnbc don’t think their crap don’t stink?? I don’t have much use for Ann Colture but I have much less use for libtard comments from the likes of you.

      • Eric Bischoff

        If they’re libtards then is she’s a cuntservative or CONservant or repuke. Is that how we should always talk to each other? Is that what people in the world mean when they say ugly americans? Have we lost all decency? Can’t we be civil in our different viewpoints?

        I am just asking!

  • s c

    ‘E,’ your programming still works. How is it that ANY woman in America who claims to be anything BUT a brain-farting utopian can’t have any credibility? ‘E’ and his handful of useful idiot bunkies have no credibility, and their programming overrides any common sense they ever had. You’ll get a better conversation from an old parrot.
    Coulter is entitled to her opinions. 99.9% of all utopians can’t pour whiz out of a boot – even with help. Coulter gets paid for her opinions. Losers who show up here get paid by the DNC, but those recipients are still LOSERS. Apples and oranges, and LOSERS who have to screech because their political gods demand it. Stick your “credibility,” LOSERS.

    • eddie47d

      …..and the clone of Coulter shows up looking for her 15 minutes of daily fame. No surprise there so get over yourself SC. Which meat market pays you to chop liver?

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Eddie resents anyone stealing his thunder. Question is; where’s your thunder, eddie? Speaking of meat shops; which one chopped you, into liver?

      • eddie47d

        It sure isn’t you Jay..bird sh*t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

    Rick Santorum is a political opportunist with no real principles other than advancing his career and gaining power. He is a protege of one of the most odious political hacks to represent PA in Congress since Thaddeus Stevens, Arlen Specter. Like Specter, Rick is for big government & caters to the big money special interests, like the Israel-first lobby and the Federal Reserve banksters, and has no real regard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Santorum often speaks of his immigrant grandfather when discussing how much he loves immigration, but forgets to mention the fact that his grandfather was a communist. He never explains why more “legal” immigration is desirable at a time of plummeting living standards, high unemployment and bankrupt social services funds, school districts, and hospitals. America is at a serious cross roads. We will either elect a true Constitutionalist or we will elect another CFR globalist. It is either Ron Paul or the continuation of the destructive policies of the past decades under the leadership of a big government, big spending administration and it matters very little what party it is-the only difference is in the rhetoric.

    • http://gravatar.com/snibbodmot snibbodmot

      BINGO!

    • wayne pinch

      I agree! Ron paul will not be elected. Next boat for austrailia leaves after the election.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

        Bon voyage, Wayne, but se sure to leave your guns here because they are illegal in socialist Australia.

  • http://yahoo.com Eddie B

    Coulter is clueless on Santorum!

  • roger gunderson

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who has a well established record of following the the rules of the constitution. 75% of people are ignorant voters. They vote for the best looking guy with the most hair and don’t have a clue what he stands for. Blacks vote for black.

    • catfish

      Old Ron can get you prescriptions you don’t need and fail to secure america from Ohomo’s terrorist family. What a joke.

    • Proteus

      Strange you should mention “Ron Paul is the only candidate who has a well established record of following the the rules of the constitution.” One of his constant talking points is that he wants to ELIMINATE five ‘unconstitutional’ Executive Departments, including the Commerce Department. In fact, the word “Department” only occures three times in the entire Constitution, and nowhere in the Constitution is any Department named.

      Article I, Section 8 (The Enumerated Powers):
      “To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States, or in any DEPARTMENT or officer thereof.” (also called ‘The Elastic Clause’)

      Article II, Section 2 (President’s Job Description):
      “The President shall be commander in chief of the army and navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices; and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

      “He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the supreme court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: But the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS.”

      The Cabinet of the United States is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States, which are generally the heads of the federal executive departments. The existence of the Cabinet dates back to the first American President, George Washington, who appointed a Cabinet of four people (Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton; Secretary of War Henry Knox; and Attorney General Edmund Randolph) to advise and assist him in his duties. Cabinet officers are nominated by the President and then presented to the United States Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. If approved, they are sworn in and begin their duties. Aside from the Attorney General, and previously, the Postmaster General, they all receive the title Secretary. Members of the Cabinet serve at the pleasure of the President, which means the President may remove them at will.

      There is no explicit definition of the term “Cabinet” in either the United States Code or the Code of Federal Regulations. However, there are occasional references to “cabinet-level officers” or “secretaries”, which when viewed in their context, do refer to the heads of the “executive departments” as listed in 5 U.S.C. § 101.

      Also, in Article I, Section 8 (The Enumerated Powers), the Constitution DEMANDS Congress do several things, among them:
      (para.1) . . . lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts (TREASURY) . . .
      (para.1) . . . provide for the common defense (DEFENSE) . . .
      (para.1) . . . provide for the . . . general welfare (INTERIOR AND OTHERS) . . .
      (para.2) To borrow money on the credit of the United States (TREASURY)
      (para.3) To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states (COMMERCE) . . .
      (para.5) To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, (TREASURY) . . .
      (para.5) . . . and fix the standard of weights and measures (COMMERCE)
      (para.6) To provide for the punishment of conterfeiting the securities and current coin of the Untied States (TREASURY/JUSTICE/secret service)
      (para.7) To establish post offices and post roads (POSTMASTER GENERAL/TRANSPORTATION)
      (para.8) To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries (COMMERCE/patent office/copyrights)

      So for Mr. Paul to define five Executive Departments as ‘unconstitutional’, he would have to define ALL Executive Departments as ‘unconstitutional’. Apparently, Mr. Paul has either never read the Constitution, or has badly misinterpreted it, at least pertaining to what Congress is supposed to do. Nor does he appear to have ever read Title 5, Part 101 of the United States Code, which ‘lists’ the executive departments (but does not define them).

      I have not been paid by the Obama Administration, the Democratic Party, nor any other entity or organization. My thoughts are entirely mine, and only mine. Quotes are from THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES (my copy was printed by “The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation”, but you can easily find your own copy in the back of any American History textbook, Civics textbook or numerous sources online).

      • TML

        “Strange you should mention “Ron Paul is the only candidate who has a well established record of following the the rules of the constitution.” One of his constant talking points is that he wants to ELIMINATE five ‘unconstitutional’ Executive Departments”

        Your entire argument is based incorrectly on Ron Paul saying that these 5 agencies are “unconstitutional”, to which he did NOT say. You really should do more research on Ron Paul. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/

    • http://www.facebook.com/Branded969 Vic Bailey

      Ron Paul is the ONLY one that makes any sense, He has predicted just about what’s going to happen to us if we didn’t change policies, and many of them have already happened and some more are comming, SHORTLY! I don’t agree with his idea about repealing the death sentance and that solitary confinement is too harsh, because I believe that we let out way too many people that CAN’T function in a soceity like ours. That it’s hard to get 3rd world people to assimulate into our soceity, they don’t think at all like us! It takes generations for them to change their morals and values! Semper Fi.

  • Thor

    ‘The columnist then deducts that Santorum has little to no understanding of the U.S. Constitution.’

    To ‘deduct’ is to reduce or detract from. A ‘deduction’ is something used to reduce taxes. Perhaps Coulter is attempting to ‘deduct’ Santorum from the race…but shouldn’t it be ‘deduces’ in this context?….just saying.

  • Gary T

    I would like to know why the Republican bigwigs are pushing Romney for president and trashing Santorum. As for Coulter- she is no longer a conservative and from what I see or hear it’s doubtful that she was ever one. I know she’s lost all credibility with me.

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Sweet Ann has been shilling for “Obomney” for quite some time now. I suppose you can take Ann out of liberal New England, but you can’t take the liberal New England out of Ann.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      Ann is a neocon journalist with a good mind and sharp wit who is in the biz of selling books. She has many good conservative principles but she knows what side of the slice the butter is on, and understands how clueless her “conservative” audience really is.
      She is capable of throwing some raw meat to the real patriots while never violating the line of truth which would cause her to be cast into the outer darkness occupied by those who
      have crossed over into media persona non grata status for having opinions outside of the acceptable limits of public discourse set by those kosher kommissars of korectness who control all media except for the i-net & SW radio.
      The reflub party consists of a high percentage of good but ignorant patriots in the grass roots led by CFR globalists and Zionists at the top who control the money.
      Ann’s primary commitment is to remaining in a prominent media position within the acceptable limits of mainstream kosher konservative restrictions. Maybe when she reaches the age of Lou Dobbs & Pat Buchanan she will be more outspoken in defense of true Constitutional principles.

  • catfish

    Coulter has been sucking on Romney ever since Christie turned her down. That just goes to show what people consider her opinion to be worth. A lot of us will not let any media chose who our candidate will be. FOX is losing it listener base daily and she is just one of the root causes.

  • RichF

    Well said ANN, as a so called “BABY BOOMER”, I have been hammered when I have conducted serveries by asking questions on the basics of the US Constitution. Such as “does the US Constitution provide protection of 1 person from another?”

    My favorite question is “what differentiates a Floridian from a Montanan?” (asking both Floridians and Montanans) (Works for any State in the US)

    Sad to say no one seams to know anymore !!!

    • wayne pinch

      Colter has jumped the shark! Santorum is as close to a constitutional candidate as we are going to see (accept paul). Fox has joined the progressives, the only voice we have is mark levin!

  • Collin

    I used to admire Ann, I have three of her books and love that she researches them so thoroughly….but, after telling us last year that Romney was a ‘loser’ and the GOP ‘establishment’ candidate…she now supports him. I agreed with her last year…still do believe that Romney is a sure loser…he’s too much like Obama to offer much of anything different. Obamacare….the No.1 issue to beat Obama can’t be used by Romney…he designed it before Obama adopted it!!! I believe Newt or Rick can and would win if they got the nomination but I see NO WAY for Romney could win. Its should tell you aot that the Democrats WANT Romney as the candidate.

    • Wendell

      Sooo, if the dumocrats want Romney as the republican candidate to run against oslama why did they get 100,000 democratic union members to come out and vote for santorum in the Michigan primary. Makes ya kind think about who they really want oslama to run against.

      • Eric Bischoff

        RepugniCants

  • jopa

    I was wondering what sc does for a living.She gets paid by the DNC for some reason.

    • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

      The fact that you can use a computer, is a wonder, jopa. If you could only put it to good use…that, would be wonderful!

  • J.M.R

    SANTORUM IS A JOKE just a white obumbo

  • chuckb

    having been a republican all my life and very conservative, this republican nominating process leaves me shaking my head, where and how did they come up with these people,. romney, santorum, i’m about to switch parties and i refuse to vote for either these two clowns. it infuriates me that the party can support people like romney and it disappoints me that ann coulter, who i respected as highly inteliigent could show her support for this clown. something is very wrong here and i believe the republicans are shipping us down the river. i would vote for newt gingrich, he is the only person running that could beat barry or should i say the bolshevik party.. barry is not the dominating figure, it’s the media and the big money behind the iron curtain that we must contend with. the republican party is interested in one thing only, get the senate and keep the congress under control, they want the money, . that goes to show they are just as bad as the bolsheviks. we need a new party and now. adios ann coulter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      Yes, we desperately need a new party, but Americans are just SO stupid. Romney signaled that he would not support Ron Paul if he got the nomination by stating that his father, fmr. gov. Geo Romney “walked out of the convention in ’64 when Goldwater got the nomination” because Goldwater was not sufficiently in favor of “civil rights” for blacks. Instead, the Rockefeller wing of the GOP turned it’s back on a solid constitutional, free market conservative with a respected reputation for integrity who was a member of the NAACP, and allowed the top white supremacist in Congress, LBJ, a man known to be of the most corrupt caliber morally, to become President. The Rockefeller wing, now euphemistically known as “neocons”, was responsible for more lasting destruction to this nation than Wilson, Truman, FDR, and Carter combined by putting the criminal Johnson into the White House . Thank the Romneys and Rockefellers for the Viet Nam war, the immigration act of ’65, the Fortas & Marshall appointments, welfare, affirmative action, and the gun control act of ’68 for starters. These same people are ready to deliver the nation to the Dems for a second term rather than allow the American people a chance to elect a man of genuine integrity who will significantly cut spending & taxes, end the Fed, and stop the endless wars for Israel, oil, & opium. Ann doesn’t really love Romney, she is not that stupid. She sees that he is moving to the top, and her career and DC social life depend on having powerful friends. To a person with her ego, it is no fun being a marginalized pariah. Principles mean very little in Washington & NY. She took a good lesson from Helen Thomas, who was smart to wait until she was 90 to begin telling the truth.

      • 2WarAbnVet

        Barry, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The “Establishment Republicans” of today are the lineal descendants of the Rockefeller Republicans. These the “go-along-get-along” Republicans have put personal power ahead of principles. Romney is just the man to continue the RINO policies that have helped erode the Constitution and our liberties.

      • Rick

        Barry are you that ignorant? No one let LBJ be president unless you count Lee Harvey Oswald. His session to the white house was part of the constitution. The american people elected him Vice President. ANd I know it considered blasphem, but thank Kennedy he got us into that mess. And, if you remember the Democrats were the ones in charge during most of the 60′s. In the 60′s Rommey’s father was the governor of Michigan, and he suck at it. Every President since Truman has pissed away power and presteige was earned at such a high cost during WWII. We the people need to have the authority to remove an elected or appointed official in office reguarless of what office this includes the Pres and federal judges. We also need to override the supreme court if they make decisions that are absolutely wrong. For example, not upholding the constitution like the second amendment. Or, Calling interupting a funeral for a fallen soldier a free speach. If it were a family member of mine My freedom of expression would include beat the hell out of all them. r them over riding a vote of the people. Instead of crying about the past let us figure out how to make it right going foreward.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

          No ignorance on my part, Rickie boy. You demonstrate the depth of your intelligence by stating that the patsy, Oswald put LBJ in office, presumably working alone, when it is very clear that the hit was a massive conspiracy by powerful insiders who were never brought to justice. American patriots do not cry over history as you say, but we have learned from history. We saw the globalist kosher konservatives in the GOP turn their backs on Goldwater so Johnson could get re-elected in ’64, and we saw the fuss they put up trying to stop Reagan, then observed that they got their man, Bush, to be VP against the will of the grass roots. Reagan’s sell out to the Rockefeller money faction cursed America with 3 Bush terms which resulted in the election of some of the most odious Dem administrations since LBJ and wars more costly even than his Viet Nam disaster. The neocon warmongering wing used their money power to force McCain in fours ago with disastrous results. It is time for Americans who value their freedom to reject these liberal, globalist party hacks and their paid shills in the media including Coulter & all of Romney and Gadiesh’s shills on Clear Channel talk radio. Americans are tired of sold out globalist CFR shills working for the criminal banksters who are bankrupting our treasury, flooding the country with drugs & illegal aliens, wrecking our dollar, and destroying what remains of our Constitutional freedoms & privacy.

  • Noni

    Santorum against Obama will lose. Period. Santorum blindly follows the left bait that aids them portray him as the mythical character the left claims to fear – the guy who sends church shanghai groups to force liberals to church. This obfuscates the gross negligence and depraved indifference of the Obama administration in sending our economy off the cliff into oblivion and making us a third world country whose natural resources, agricultural products, and WATER will be sent to China to pay our impossible debt. Chinese mothers will tell their children at dinner, “Eat your (American) food – there are people starving in America.”

  • Brainiac

    The blonde bimbo speaks. Now Limbaugh and O’Reilly have a mouth for the night.

  • Eric Bischoff

    Losers all of them

  • jopa

    Jay birdsh-t, That was funny LOL.

  • http://r3voluti0n.com Jason

    Ron Paul 2012! Champion of the Constitution!

    • wayne pinch

      The only one

  • Guydogbob

    Why is AC feeding the democrats trash to use in November 2012?

  • Liberterian

    This time Ann Coulter is absolutely correct. Santorum seeks to make the federal governement an intrusive, overeaching tool to weaken and defy the constitution and give us a theolocratic form of govenment. He either pretends to or doesn’t know what the constitution is about. The constitution gives us our rights and the right to defend it with the second amendment from bad minded politicians.
    Ron Paul is the constitutionalist and seeks to protect our rights as sovereign citizens in a sovereign nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003526419876 KC Ted

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=124773187650228
    (view-able only by facebook members, signed in) Here is the text:

    History of Santorum and Inconsistencies

    Texas Congressman Ron Paul released a hard-hitting ad against former Senator Rick Santorum. The ad, entitled “Betrayal”, exposes Santorum’s record of hypocrisy, duplicity and corruption. But is the ad fair?

    Rick Santorum is only doing well because he is perceived to be deeply committed to family and social values. He is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and abortion. He wears his religious beliefs on his sleeves.

    Many fall for his pious act – but remember, Santorum is a sly lawyer-turned-politician-turned-lobbyist. Don’t let the sweater vests fool you. Santorum played the people of Iowa like a harp, and to some extent, the social conservatives in other caucuses and primaries.

    If Santorum is going to claim to be a champion of values, we need to look not only at what he says, but what he has done. And fortunately, Rick Santorum has left us with a voluminous record of big-government hypocrisy and outright corruption to sift through. Before making your decision about Rick Santorum, take a minute to learn the facts. There’s more to being a “values” candidate than simply bashing gays all the time. Personal ethics matter. And in that department, Santorum comes up short.

    Who is Richard John Santorum? He is fifty-four years old and was born in Winchester, Virginia. He grew up in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. His father, Aldo, was an Italian immigrant. His mother’s lineage is half-Italian, half-Irish. As a high school student, Santorum’s nickname was “Rooster” because of his tendency to get riled up. He earned a degree in political science and later practiced law in Pittsburgh.

    Santorum was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 at age 32. He strongly criticized his opponent for living outside of his own congressional district for much of the year. Later, Santorum rode the wave of voter discontentment during the 1994 Republican Takeover to win a seat in the US Senate.

    Santorum became involved in a scandal later known as the “K Street Project”. Lobbying firms were pressured to hire high ranking Republican lawmakers and to grant GOP lobbyists with access to influential decision makers. Led by Congressman Tom Delay, now a convicted felon, the Project had associations with lobbyists including Jack Abramoff. Santorum played the role of Senate liaison to the K Street Project. He soaked up the Washington lobbyist culture. The connections made by Santorum landed him high-paying lobbying opportunities after he lost his seat in the senate.

    Santorum was reelected for a second term in 2000.

    Senator Santorum cosponsored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act with Democrat Senator John Kerry. The legislation would impose on business owners the requirement that they accommodate the religious practices of their employees. It is Santorum’s belief that if companies don’t cater to their employees sundry faith observances then they should be compelled by law to change their business practices. Government is Santorum’s solution to social and business problems.

    Santorum built a reputation of being partisan, confrontational and divisive. His short-tempered behavior has been observed in recent Republican debates, earning him the unflattering nickname, “Scrappy Doo” – after the hot-headed cartoon pup whose temper frequently gets him into confrontations that require others to rescue him.

    While in office, Santorum voted to spend taxpayer money to fight AIDS globally, to help underprivileged children in third world countries, to pay off debts owed to the US by other nations and to combat political instability in Sudan. He voted to increase welfare programs such as Healthy Start. Such social-welfare spending projects are not typically associated with the concept of Republican conservatism.

    In 2001, Santorum created a charitable foundation. This organization, Operation Good Neighbor Foundation, gave out nearly $474,000 to community groups in its first few years. Sounds great, right? The problem is that it had actually raised over a million dollars in that time. The remaining half million dollars was paid out to as salaries and consulting fees to lobbyists and fundraisers connected to Santorum’s campaign. Only 36% of the money raised by the foundation actually made it to those it was designed to help.

    Similar discrepancies can be found in a political action committee formed by Santorum. It was supposed to be raising money to help fellow Republican candidates. However, only 18% of the funds went to those candidates. Much of the remaining money was used to furnish Santorum with a lavish lifestyle. Reports also show dozens of trips to fast food joints, supermarkets, Starbucks and other everyday expenses that had little to nothing to do with the original intent of the funds raised.

    Rick Santorum claims to be a fiscal conservative, yet voted five times to raise the debt ceiling – adding trillions to the federal deficit. He also strongly supported the largest hike in welfare entitlement spending in history (prior to Obamacare) – Medicaid Part D. This was George W. Bush’s free prescription medicine program, virtually socializing the pharmaceutical industry. Santorum gleefully voted to enrich the industry he had received so many campaign contributions from. In fact, Santorum was such a favorite of GlaxoSmithKline that, following the loss of his senate seat, executives wrote, “The defeat of [Santorum] creates a big hole we need to fill.” The leaked memo is evidence that unprincipled politicians, like Santorum, can still be bought and sold in the USA.

    Continuing the subject of corruption, retail giant Wal-Mart lined Santorum’s pockets with campaign cash – giving him $10,000 in one month alone. In return, Wal-Mart received votes in-kind from Santorum on issues relating to overtime, minimum wages, tort reform, charitable giving credits, etc.

    In his current campaign for president, Santorum has compared himself to Ronald Reagan. Yet, Reagan himself campaigned in 1980 on a platform that included abolishing the recently created Department of Education. Santorum, on the other hand, voted and strongly supported legislation that doubled the size of the DOE, including the introduction of Ted Kennedy’s infamous “No Child Left Behind”.

    Santorum proposed amending No Child Left Behind to include the requirement that “intelligent design” be taught in classrooms. In 2002, Santorum wrote in a Washington Times article, “intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes.” However, in 2005 Santorum said on National Public Radio, “I’m not comfortable with intelligent design being taught in the science classroom.” Santorum, like Mitt Romney, changes his position to suit his audience. Some may call this “politicking”. Others call it “lying”.

    When the Associated Press asked Santorum, a Catholic, to comment on his views regarding child sex abuse by Catholic priests, he responded that the priests were engaging in homosexuality. He went on to compare homosexuality to pedophilia, incest and sex with dogs. The latter comment drew this response from the AP reporter interviewing Santorum. He said, “I’m sorry. I didn’t think I was going to talk about ‘man on dog’ with a United States senator. It’s sort of freaking me out.” As well it should. Santorum is on record many times explaining that what happens in an individual’s bedroom is the business of the entire community and that private, consensual sex should be a matter of government regulation.

    One result of Santorum’s anti-gay remarks was a campaign to humiliate the Senator. In 2003, sex columnist Dan Savage launched an internet campaign to promote the new usage of the word “santorum” as a particularly vulgar sexual definition. The connection of the Senator’s name with this new definition on internet search engines is commonly referred to as the “Google problem.”

    On the campaign trail, Santorum is frequently asked about his belief in the right to privacy. His position is that no such right exists under the Constitution. He said, “…this right to privacy doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution.”

    It is because of this belief, in part, that Santorum is comfortable supporting legislation that imposes his own values on everyone else. For example, Santorum supports the prohibition of contraception – a position he was recently challenged on during an appearance on the O’Reilly Factor.

    Santorum has a record of exercising punitive control over citizens through the strong arm of government. As Hurricane Katrina approached, the tax funded National Weather Service gave evacuation warnings. Santorum proposed that those people who chose not to follow the recommendation to leave their homes should be penalized for refusing to obey government warnings.

    Santorum’s interest in weather services wasn’t limited to penalizing Americans who didn’t obey the federal weatherman. Just two days before he introduced a bill that benefited private weather services, he was paid thousands of dollars from… a private weather service.

    Among other legislative favors, Santorum was given six thousand dollars from Miller Brewing just half a year after Santorum introduced legislation to cut taxes on large brewing companies. He received three thousand dollars from US Tobacco Corp. the day after he voted against a tobacco regulation bill. The list of favors to his campaign contributors goes on and on. Taking money from corporations and then voting for legislation that favors them is called corruption.

    In 2006, Santorum was named the “Most Corrupt Politician” by a political watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that Santorum took the most cash from corporate lobbyists of any other politician in Washington, adding that Santorum “has a black belt in hypocrisy” (10/22/2006).

    Santorum was, and is, a strong supporter of the neoconservative “War on Terror.” He proposed sanctions for Syria. In 2005, Santorum sponsored a bill aimed at overthrowing the government of Iran, called the Iran Freedom and Support Act. As part of his opposition to Iran, Santorum recommended that America fight for “a strong Lebanon, a strong Israel and a strong Iraq.” These pro-zionist positions are unconstitutional and are not in the best interests of our national security.

    Santorum supported the invasion of Iraq. In 2006, he announced that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq – a claim later proven false.

    Accusations of corruption and scandal plagued Santorum while in office. One issue that led to charges of hypocrisy against Santorum was the fact that he and his family moved to Virginia while he was a Senator, spending less than a month a year residing in the state from which he was elected. His former criticisms of his first congressional opponent had come back to haunt him. This permitted him to maintain residency in Pennsylvania so he could keep running for his existing senate seat without having to actually live in Pennsylvania. It’s kind of like Hillary Clinton moving to New York and putting on a Yankees cap to be able to snatch a senate seat.

    Additionally, while living in Virginia, Santorum kept his five children enrolled in an expensive Pennsylvania “cyber school”, expecting the local district to pay the tuition costs. This benefit to Santorum cost the Pennsylvania school district $73,000. The district sued Santorum to reimburse $67,000 because his residency status disqualified him for their educational services. Santorum capitalized on the controversy to champion himself as a family man. He ran campaign ads featuring his son saying, “My dad’s opponents have criticized him for moving us to Washington so we could be with him more.” Some would argue that a true family man would not exploit his own child for political advantage.

    Santorum made headlines when he stopped in to visit Terri Shiavo, who, in 2005, lay on her deathbed in Tampa, FL. Shiavo was the figure at the center of the national right-to-die debate. It turns out that Santorum already had other business in Tampa. The real reason for his visit was to collect a quarter of a million dollars in money raised for him by the executives of Outback Steakhouse. Oddly enough, Santorum strongly agreed with Outback execs that the federal minimum wage should not be increased. The Senator returned home on a Wal-Mart corporate jet.

    In 2006, Santorum faced difficulties in his quest for a third term. Corruption allegations dogged him everywhere he went. He trailed his Democrat opponent by double digits for most of the campaign. To try to siphon votes away from Santorum’s opponent, many of his supporters helped finance a Green Party candidate. There were suspicions that Santorum’s campaign may have violated some federal election laws. Ultimately, the Green Party candidate was denied access to the ballot and Santorum lost his seat in the Senate. The Democrat won with 59% of the vote to Santorum’s 41%. It was the biggest margin of loss for an incumbent Republican senator in US history.

    Also contributing to Santorum’s loss was an erosion of his base of supporters over his decision to endorse his liberal Republican colleague, Arlen Specter, over social and fiscal conservative Congressman Pat Toomey in a senate race. Santorum’s ease in walking away from his alleged social values was unforgivable to many Pennsylvanians. It is speculated that Santorum was repaying a favor to Specter for having provided Santorum with important political staff during his first Senate race. It is also speculated that Santorum’s allegiance to social values is partly a political ploy to maintain the support of social conservatives.

    Following his departure from the Senate, Santorum joined a Washington DC “think tank”, earning a quarter of a million dollars. He also became a Fox News contributor. He quickly found other employment as a lobbyist for various industries, earning him over a million dollars in 2010 alone.

    Santorum considered running for president in 2008, but instead chose to support Mitt Romney. In 2011, he announced his own candidacy for the presidency. He remained in single digits until a last minute surge prior to the Iowa Caucuses. Now that he is under the spotlight, Santorum is beginning to stumble.

    In New Hampshire, Santorum made a statement about giving money to “black” people that drew accusations of racism. In an interview, Santorum said that what sounded like the word “black” was actually an accidental mumble. He said that he doesn’t even refer to that demographic as “black”, but as “African Americans”. However, by the end of the interview, Santorum had used the term “black” three more times, not once having used the phrase “African Americans” in his dialogue.

    This incident is reminiscent of a 2011 slip-up in which Santorum implied that President Barack Obama should be pro-life because he is black. Santorum said, “The question is… is that human life a person under the constitution? And Barack Obama says ‘no’. Well, if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.”

    It seems that Rick Santorum is truly a mix of values. There are those values of which he speaks – and then there are those of which he lives. Facts can be pesky things. Let’s just hope that the people of America care enough to learn them before casting another vote for Slick Rick, aka “Scrappy Doo” Santorum. His own behaviors prove him to be a corrupt, big-government puppet whose strings are pulled by the highest bidder. He has demonstrated a pattern of dishonesty and oppressive aggression when granted power. The truth speaks for itself.

    This is the corrupt politician that Ron Paul rightly accuses of Betrayal – “a serial hypocrite who can’t be trusted.” “A Fake”

  • Janice Sherman

    So what is wrong with wearing your religion on your sleeve and at least he is straight and does not pretend EVERYTHING IS OK. like some candidates do.
    He is truthful and some people do not want to hear the truth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      Santorum claims to be Catholic but also has a RABBI, so which is he? Will he put America first or Israel first? Will he put Americans first or Jewish banksters first like Obama? Jesus was a peace maker but Santorum promises another war.
      He is not straight, but is a protege’ of Arlen Specter’s and has voted with the liberals too many times for Christian conservatives to be able to trust him!

      • Janice Sherman

        Sometimes you have to have a War to have Peace. In the Bible it says we will always have wars.
        Jesus is his Rabbi.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

          Jesus said “blessed are the peacemakers”, not blessed are the war mongers, and He stated that a tree is known by it’s fruit. The fruit that comes from Santorum is lies, double talk and sell-outs. Like the Christ-hating Jews, Santorum is a liar, a hypocrite and a viper. He could not get re-elected in his own state and he can’t win against Romney now or against Obama in November.

  • Janice Sherrman

    God is not against all war. If you don’t believe that, then check out: Samuel 15:2, Joshua 4:13 and Revelations 19:11-21 (Destruction of Pagan Nations).
    Christians should not desire war, but are Christians to oppose the government God has placed in authority over them?
    Rick Santorum hits it right on the mark in many issues especially the abortion issues and gay marriage issues.
    Also he may have been born in Winchester, Va. but he is mostly a Pennsylvanian in my book. He went to one of the best schools and Penn State., That should account for something. They don’t turn out any dummies. He speaks the truth and some people just can’t handle the truth.
    Pray for peace!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      Santorum was born in VA, and lives with his family in VA while falsely representing himself as a PA resident. He has lied and flipped too many times. His stand against abortion & gay marriage(which I agree with 100%) are simply campaign rhetoric in an attempt to fool voters in the religious right. He is a protege of the moderate ultra-Zionist turn coat Specter who is pro-choice, and sided with Specter against conservative Pat Toomey. His playing to the religious right and extreme support for Israeli racism & hegemony, and warfare in support of it may help with fund raising but will marginalize him and prevent his success in the vote against Obama. His pandering to labor will not pull significant numbers away from the Dem party. The public is weary of a constant state of warfare while our own borders remain unguarded and the battles on abortion & homosexuals are as long lost as the issues of school prayer, gerrymandered “voting rights” districts & forced integration. The majority of the American voters have moved on from these issues & accepted the secular evil of this era. The majority of voters do not agree with his love of more immigration at a time of out of control unemployment & crime rates and overloaded social services budgets, bankrupted hospitals & overcrowded schools. Speaking of schools, Santorum voted for Ted Kennedy’s disastrous $75 billion federal public school take-over and voted to fund Planned Parenthood to the horror of conservatives & moderates whose vote he is seeking.
      Even many on the far right realize that moral issues should be decided at the state level, not dictated by Washington. Rick is out of step with Americans on the right and with the independents required to win against Obama. He is a big government moderate & has the same credibility problem that has hobbled Gingrich.

  • Janice Sherman

    So, now we know all the things that Rick has done during his time in the Senate that are bothering you. Just keep digging up all the dirt you can on him. Never mind all the good he wants to do for people. Never mind all the good he has done. Be negative.
    But at least he did something that people can criticize. He has made mistakes and we can tear him down for it ,but we did not know what Obama did before he ran. Now look at the USA.
    “You can make some of the people happy some of the time but not all the people happy all the time.”
    I think he deserves a chance, like a lot of other people think. Or he would not be doing as well as he is doing this far.
    And he did live as a child in Butler, Pennsylvania. That counts for something.
    GO RICK! BEAT OBAMA!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      OK, so you do not care about the truth regarding Santorum. I do not want to confuse you with the facts since your mind is made up. I would suggest that you put your money where your mouth is and send him a big donation, and while you are wasting your money send Ron Paul a big donation, too. At least he is consistent, has character, and understands the Constitution.
      Personally, I have been witness for too long to the consequences of ignoring character & past performance, & simply believing the rhetoric. BTW, you betray a serious lack of moral discernment if you think that these issues that the public is now learning about make no difference when deciding if Santorum is fit to hold the office. Where he was born or where he once lived does not count for anything if he has lied about where he lived while holding a PA Senate seat. The man is a serial liar, and If that is not an issue with you, just support Obama. Rick is not going to be President, he is simply campaigning to be VP, and taking a big expensive ego trip on other people’s money. You are a case in point of why the nation is in the mess it is in and why the GOP is a losing party. Lack of wisdom & lack of discernment is what has gotten the nation to the present situation. Santorum is a wolf in sheeps clothing like Gingrich, and the voters would rather have a consistent moderate that a fair waether “conservative”.

  • JANICE SHERMAN

    OK. I RESPECT YOUR OPINION ON THE CANDIDATES. YOU MUST HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK ON THEM. WE HAVE NOT HEARD THE END ON THE ABORTION ISSUE.
    ALSO IT IS A SHAME THAT THE MORE MONEY YOU HAVE FOR CAMPAIGNING THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES ARE FOR WINNING.
    I AM JUST AN AVERAGE CITIZEN WANTING A CANDIDATE THAT HAS SOME DECENCY IN MAKING USA A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
    I THINK RICK WOULD MAKE A BETTER PRESIDENT IF WE GO INTO THE INEVITABLE WAR COMING SOON.
    NO, I HAVE NOT CHANGED MY MIND.
    AND UNDER OBAMA:
    AS THE SONG GOES :
    SIXTEEN TON AND WHAT DO I GET
    ANOTHER DAY OLDER AND DEEPER IN DEBT
    ST. PETER DON’T YOU CALL ME
    CAUSE I CAN’T GO
    I OWE MY SOUL TO THE COMPANY STORE (GOVERNMENT TAXES)
    GO RICK!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      War is never inevitable unless this nation is invaded. We have not gone to war over N Korea’s nukes or over Pakistan’s nukes, and only an insane war monger would propose war over Iran’s nukes. Are you going to naively fall for the next false flag CIA engineered terrorist act, and give the government carte blanche to steal more of our freedom and start another costly war?
      You remind me of the silly Christians who believed GWB was a decent man.

  • Janice Sherman

    You just got too insanely hot-headed for me to listen to any more of your comments on the candidates.’
    Also it shows that you are prejudice against Christians and the Republican Party. So I will
    not comment on any more of your posts.
    Hostility will not change my mind.
    GO RICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1502569282 Barry Hackney

      Another small mind slams shut as the Republic dies…

      Barry Hackney
      proud Christian conservative

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