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Rick Santorum

September 12, 2011 by  

Rick Santorum

Education: B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, MBA from University of Pittsburg, J.D. from Dickinson School of Law.

Professional: Lawyer with the firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.

Family: Married with seven children.

Political: U.S. House of Representatives 1991-1995. U.S. Senate 1995-2007.

Age: 53

State of residence: Pennsylvania

Campaign website: http://www.ricksantorum.com/

Talking to POLITICO in a pre-debate interview last Wednesday, Santorum said he has a consistent record of conservatism. He’s never been a Democrat, even when it would have been easier, and he never was for things while running for office in a liberal State that he’s no longer for now that he’s running for a national seat.

Santorum must have a poor memory. Unfortunately for him, not all of us do.

In 2004, Santorum joined George W. Bush and did all he could to help liberal incumbent RINO Senator Arlen Specter defeat up-and-coming challenger Pat Toomey. Santorum, who claims to be pro-life, backed a pro-choice Senator that was in line to chair the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over abortion law.

It’s natural for a Senator to help the sitting Senator of his State with re-election if they are from the same party. But Santorum didn’t just endorse him. He went to mat for him, cutting television ads, hosting fundraisers and jetting around the State to save Specter’s bacon. Specter beat Toomey by a mere 17,000 votes, then repaid Bush and Santorum by skipping a Bush campaign event with Vice President Dick Cheney. His supporters even went so far as to put out yard signs with the words “Kerry/Specter.” Then Specter became a Democrat.

Specter’s switch gave Obama 60 Senate votes: enough to cram Obamacare down our throats. So, in effect, Santorum is as responsible for the passage of Obamacare as Obama himself.

Santorum is no small-government Republican either. He championed No Child Left Behind and joined Bush in pushing through a new entitlement, the Medicare prescription drug bill. As Jack Hunter of The American Conservative writes, Santorum represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party today.

“As grassroots conservatives are now rediscovering and again embracing the limited government philosophy of [Barry] Goldwater and [Ronald] Reagan via the Tea Party, Santorum’s Jurassic Park GOP comes across as more out of step than ever,” Hunter writes. “As a pre-emptive 2012 political strike, Santorum now laughably describes himself as being ‘Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.’ RedState.com’s Ben Domenech has zero tolerance for such revisionist history: ‘Does Rick Santorum have any clue what the Tea Party movement stands for? Is he being purposefully obtuse here? Doesn’t he realize that the big government solutions he advocated for in his book are exactly the reason so many Tea Partiers today don’t call themselves Republicans anymore?’”

He’s certainly no Constitutionalist, as this rant from the Ames Straw Poll debate shows. He believes it’s the Federal government’s job to legislate morality.

On foreign policy, Santorum is keen on the Middle East wars and nation building. In the August Iowa debate, he and Ron Paul argued over America’s policy toward Iran.

On Iran, Santorum said, the country was “under a mullahcracy that tramples the rights of women, tramples the rights of gays,” and other groups.

As TPM says, “This was an interesting position for a candidate who has denounced gay rights activists for using the courts to create a ‘super-right’ to ‘sexual liberty,’” which he has said trumps the religious freedoms of conservative Christians such as himself.

Santorum is a clown. He’s a big-government guy living in a world looking for a smaller, less-intrusive government. And he’s doing it while claiming the moral high ground as he lies his way along.

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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