Coulter: Santorum Clueless On The Constitution

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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

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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