Profile of an Ignoramus: Rick Santorum

23 08 2007

This will be a semi-regular feature at Fear of Ignorance – every now and then I’ll gather more information than you wanted to know about someone I find particularly offensive.  No, I’m not going to include the good with the bad, that would be no fun.  Besides, these will be cases where I’m pretty sure that the bad outweighs the good anyway.

Today’s subject:  Rick Santorum.  Following are some of the things that Rick Santorum have said and done that make him a giant prick.

From Wikipedia:

Illegal Immigration:

He supports the construction of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border, an increase in the number of border patrol agents on the border, and the stationing of National Guard troops along the border. He also believes that illegal immigrants should be deported immediately when they commit crimes, and that illegal immigrants should not receive benefits from the government. Finally, the former senator believes that English should be established as the national language in the United States.

 Evolution:

In 2001, Santorum tried unsuccessfully to insert language which came to be known as the “Santorum Amendment” into the No Child Left Behind bill that sought to promote the teaching of intelligent design while questioning the academic standing of evolution in public schools.

The Weather:

On April 14, 2005, Santorum introduced the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005 to “clarify the duties and responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service(NWS), and for other purposes”.[26]This legislation, if enacted, would prohibit the NWS from publishing weather data to the public when private-sector entities, such as AccuWeather, a company based in Santorum’s home state, perform the same function commercially. Accuweather employees have contributed at least $5500 to Santorum since 1999, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Behind Closed Doors:

Santorum has frequently stated that he does not believe a “right to privacy” exists under the Constitution, even within marriage; he has been especially critical of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which held that the Constitution guaranteed the aforementioned right, and on that basis, overturned a law prohibiting the sale and use of contraceptives.

Iran:

In 2005, Santorum sponsored the Iran Freedom and Support Act, which appropriated $10 million aimed at regime change in Iran. The Act passed with overwhelming support. However, Santorum nevertheless voted against the Lautenberg amendment which would have closed the loophole which allows companies like Halliburtonto do business with Iran through their foreign affiliates.

What his Colleges Think of Him:

Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, after sharing the floor with Santorum for the first three weeks of his first term in the Senate, remarked, “Santorum — That’s Latin for asshole”.

Homosexuals:

In the interview by Associated Press reporter Lara Lakes Jordan, when asked for his position on the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, Santorum said that the scandal involved priests and post-pubescent men in “a basic homosexual relationship” (not child sexual abuse), which led the interviewer to ask if homosexuality should be outlawed.

Santorum then brought up the then-pending U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, which challenged a Texas sodomy law, and went on to declare that:

  • he didn’t have a problem with homosexuals, but “a problem with homosexual acts”
  • the right to privacy “doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution
  • and that sodomy laws properly exist to prevent acts which “undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family”

When Jordan asked “Okay, without being too gory or graphic, so if somebody is homosexual, you would argue that they should not have sex?” Santorum’s response concluded:

“In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.”

(At this point, Jordan commented, “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,” coining a phrase widely used in connection with this incident.)

In the original version of the AP story, Santorum was quoted as saying:

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

His initial statement in the unedited interview did not include the insert “[gay]”. It also included additional remarks criticizing “homosexual acts”:

“Whether it’s polygamy, whether it’s adultery, whether it’s sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family.”

Jordan was forced to produce a recording of the interview, after allegations of bias were leveled against her because she is married to a Democratic strategist.

After the remarks were made, Dan Savage, a widely syndicated sex columnist for the Seattle alternative weekly The Strangerwho was offended by Santorum’s remarks, retaliated by hosting a contest in his Savage Lovecolumn for his readers to create an alternate definition for “santorum” to be disseminated into common usage. The definition that won associated the senator’s last name with anal sex: “santorum” was defined as “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” Savage’s new definition for the senator shortly thereafter became the top hit in a Google search for “Santorum.”

Santorum wrote, “It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning “private” moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”

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5 responses

23 08 2007
Stephen

The most startling thing in this whole litany is that he brought his dead baby home and let his other children hold him. When I was young, we had to go to the other side of the railroad tracks to find a dead baby to poke with a stick.

“Here kids! Here’s a dead baby!”
“But dad, dead babies aren’t much fun!”

23 08 2007
ianheath653

As a resident of James Carville’s “Alabama in the middle” part of Pennsylvania, words can’t express how glad I am that we saner residents finally managed to throw that guy out last November.

23 08 2007
Mitchell

and congradulations ianhearth653! they’re deffinitly in order.

And I didn’t think hospitals generally allowed that type of thing. ‘gee thanks for all your help doc, oh, and can I keep the fetus?’

16 07 2008
ServusLucis

Thanks for posting. [Question for you below, Stephen] My wife and I have also lost two children to miscarriage, and people we trust in the OB/GYN field have said that it is a good thing to name the baby – it helps with the grieving process. I agree that bringing a dead baby home is not a common thing, but perhaps if we look at it from the perspective of the other children: they knew their mother was expecting a baby, and they likely prayed for the baby every evening. Perhaps they spoke to it or sang to it (science shows that children in the womb can hear and recognize voices -not sure which week in the womb that happens – though I do know that the baby’s heart starts beating within 14 days after conception). Some people feel that talking to a baby in the womb is odd (my wife always felt funny, like she was talking to her belly), but I always liked to do it. It has happened many times that if a father sings or talks to the baby in the womb, that when the child is born and is crying in the delivery room, no one can console the baby, and then the father holds the child and hums or sings to it, and the baby calms right down (ask any delivery nurse – many of them are brought to tears when they see how the child recognizes the father’s voice, sometimes through a lullaby he had sung while the baby was in the womb). Back to the Santorum’s older children – I suppose that they had bonded with their little brother across those 17 weeks or so that they knew of him, so having the opportunity to hold him, even briefly, could have been very consoling. I am not a health professional, but it seems like it could have been a good thing. I hope all is well for you. Stephen, not sure what you meant by poking dead babies on the other side of the tracks. Were they human babies?

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