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Republican Ron Hill | “Taliban Rick” Santorum Sinks to New Low in Questioning Obama’s Faith

This is a guest post feature by a Republican Party member, Ron Hill, from his site republicans4freedom. As Ron states, he is “For the rational wing of the Republican party,” and expresses his frustration with the hijacking occurring within his party. Here he expresses many of the same concerns as I do in addition to many other Democrats and Liberals alike for the lack of common sense shown by Santorum. If the GOP as a whole would come to their senses and have the same beliefs as Ron Hill expresses here, then our country would have no choice but to move forward and grow strong once again. I absolutely love his closing sentence and is very refreshing to hear this from a GOP’er. I just subscribed to his site because I already respect what he has to say and am anxious to read more.

Take it away Ron….

“The whole purpose of this blog is to point out the extremism that has become popular in my party. My hope is that rational conservatives will then work to help bring the GOP back to the common-sense middle. The truth is that our party has gone off the deep end. It’s as if we’re watching the slow, painful death of a major political party. First it was Sarah Palin who couldn’t name one major newspaper she read, much less string together two logical sentences. Then came Christine O’Donnell who spoke out against masturbation and dabbled in witchcraft. About the same time we had Sharon Angle who suggested that armed insurrection was a possibility in opposing the policies of elected democrats. Then we had Michele Bachmann, whose only redeeming quality was making Sarah Palin look informed and thoughtful by way of comparison. Ms. Bachmann brought along her not-at-all gay husband, an unlicensed psychologist with a degree from an unaccredited on-line school. Their family business was found to be practicing the widely discredited and scientifically unsound “ex-gay” therapy. Both Bachmann’s apparently believe Jesus is too busy not curing the gays to bother with minor matters like ending war, African famine, Asian epidemics, or Americans murdering one another in large numbers. Most recently we were treated to Newt Gingrich, the thrice-divorced serial adulterer who – ironically – was the darling of the “family values” crowd. Among other extreme views, Mr. Gingrich seemed to imply that America should bring back child labor.

“The GOP race just keeps getting more and more bizarre.

“I expected some nutty statements from Rick Santorum, but his recent attack on Obama for not sharing true ”biblical values” went beyond the scope of decency ; it was appalling. As they would say in the South – where we reserve the “t-word” for only the most serious of offenses – it was Tacky.

“It’s beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate to question the Christian faith of his opponent based merely on a difference in theology.

“If I sound harsh on a Republican – it’s only because I expect better from the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Goldwater. The nation as well as the GOP deserve better; the consequences of an intellectually stagnant and moribund Republican party are simply too awful.

“But the truth is the GOP is intellectually stagnant. To disagree with the dominant GOP zeitgeist is tantamount to heresy. Everyone must toe the hard-right line of religious conservatives who ignore not only science but obvious realities. As a result American republicans have ceded leadership of the conservative movement to Canada and Britain where the conservative movement isn’t so weighted down with anti-science religious fanaticism.

“It’s pretty amazing that Rick Santorum claims the mantle of Christianity while advocating against medical care for the poor, and while having no problem with middle class Americans losing everything and being forced into bankruptcy because they happen to have the bad luck of experiencing a serious medical problem.

“According to Rick Santorum’s “biblical values” it’s ok to cut taxes on the wealthy while slashing health care for the poor. Jesus never said anything about the poor or the sick, did he?

“According to Rick Santorum’s “biblical values” we should oppose science-based health care education in favor of “abstinence only” education. However, as both the preponderance of scientific research and the experience of the socially conservative “Bible Belt” states show; Mr. Santorum’s policies would not only deny fact-based instruction, but would increase out-of-wedlock teenage pregnancies, would increase the abortion rate, increase poverty, increase “shotgun” marriages (and then increase the divorce rate), and increase the incidents of HIV, hepatitis C and other STD’s.

“And this is a “good” Christian policy?

“There are Republicans (and Christians) who support science-based comprehensive sex education — programs that encourage abstinence until marriage but also includes information on reducing unwanted pregnancies and how to reduce the risk of STD’s. There are Republicans who support a reasonable safety net for the poorest among us and the chronically mentally ill. There are Republicans who support government and faith-based efforts to reduce the rate of violence in our society and who support teaching non-violence in every level of schooling and in every lesson — not just as a Christian principle but also as a principle of enlightened societies.

“We had 300 murders in my city last year – but Mr. Santorum see’s his Christian duty not to work to teach and promote non-violence but to oppose loving, peaceful American couples who simply want the same legal rights as other Americans.

“Ironically, by opposing gay marriage equality, Mr. Santorum opposes the one thing that would encourage greater monogamy in the glbt community, that would help reduce the incidence of Hepatitis C, HIV and other STD’s; that would promote stable, committed relationships (which is certainly a worthwhile goal of society whether one agrees with homosexuality or not), and which would provide greater stability for children being raised by a glbt couple. These are all good goals for society and government.

“It’s dangerous for any one party or politician to believe their values are those of God. Doing so suggest a dangerous arrogance and promotes an “us against them” mentality that divides Americans and pits one group of citizens against another. This is no way to lead a pluralistic society.

“The GOP can do better, and America requires better. I’ve been a conservative all my life, but would have no choice but to vote for President Obama if Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee. Privately, many Republicans tell me the same thing.

“For the rational wing of the Republican party”

Ron Hill


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16 Comments »

  1. In a perfect world, the leaders of the GOP would call out Santorum and tell him to knock off the lies, bullshit, and other crap…Since we don’t live in a perfect world, nothing will be said, and it will be business as usual.

    It is truly sad that let a shit head like him run for president, when the people in PA threw his ass out of office, for being an asshole, and ethics violations…

    • Yes, it is sad. But it is definitely refreshing to see Ron write this post – that he, as well as other Repub’s, will not vote for Santorum but rather vote for Obama. And I don’t mean this in a way that “yay… he’s voting Obama” but more because he’s voting wisely. I don’t understand why anyone would vote purely for their party if it meant bringing someone into office that is not fit for office, nor will act in our best interests. I would never vote for a Democratic POTUS if I didn’t feel he/she was capable of the job, and a GOP was.

  2. I spent far too much of my day reading news articles from across the globe, particularly looking for views on the US elections. I was not surprised to read most nations are laughing at the United States for the views of the GOP, particularly those of Rick Santorum. Even the most watered down tenants of Santorum’s campaign proved too extreme, even for those in other nations. We are a joke to the rest of the world, and these individuals don’t even realize why the world is laughing at them.

    You can read my analysis on my site, if you so choose.

    • I most absolutely will! I have an inbox full. Yesterday I spent most of the day and early evening cleaning the house I just moved out of. So today, I was have been exhausted. The MS and cleaning combo just took it out of me. I’ve been kinda “dinking” around on the internet, napped, and now in the process of unpacking the last of my stuff. I promised myself I wouldn’t do anything else on the internet (expect check stats and comments) until I was finished. Then I can sit down and and catch up on all the new posts and not feel guilty.

      Yeah, I haven’t look extensively, but have several internet friends throughout the world, and that’s what they’re telling me. The the “almighty” US is now a big joke with the GOP candidates, the bickering, etc. Many countries are more supportive of Obama than we are. And many people outside the US hate him, too. But overall, our reputation is going down the toilet and the whole lot of gov’t officials need to grow up real fast – from all parties.

      • I actually put in a phone call to my old friends in my old neighborhood in Brussels. I told them what I was working on and they started laughing hysterically that I was taking Santorum seriously as a human being, forget a politician. They told me, between bouts of laughter, that if someone came forward in Belgium with the ideas that Santorum has presented, they would be placed in a mental health facility. Yet, here we are in America, with people seriously speculating that he could, potentially, be the next President of the United States.

        It’s so sad when even my old friends tell me what I already knew, but the people who live around me cannot see it for what it is….. the ramblings of a crazy person.

        And you’ve definitely got two story posts and a non-story related email in your inbox from me today.

        • Awesome! Thanks! I saw some sitting in there. Basically, when I take a break from the unpacking, I go to my inbox, check comments, and check out the new posts on photo sites. Those are quick views, so helps me keep my inbox down. Then, when I’m done and ready to sit for a while in front of the computer, that’s when I pull up the sites where I want to take the time to read. And yours are amongst that…. unless I get distracted and really want to post something – which is not uncommon. I catch wind of something in the news, and just “have” to post. Heehee… I so love blogging. But I do always read everything in my inbox. That’s why I sub, to read, laugh, comment, etc. WordPress is the bomb and so glad I discovered it, AND the community! I rarely ever go to main stream media now unless I’m researching. They are the ones who, for the most part, are either at whatever it may be, or have the interview connections. Sigh… I wish I did. I’d love to be able to do direct journalism. Okay… sweaters to unpack, few more boxes in the van (cleaning supplies from yesterday) and I think I’m done! Yay!!! I hate moving! I’d rather have a root canal. Well… maybe not.

        • Oh, and it does not surprise me one least little iota that your Brussels friends are laughing at Santorum. I am just utterly and completely shell-shocked that people – especially women – follow this weak excuse for a human being.

    • So would I. So would I. It would actually be a joy for everyone to work together if all GOP’s and Dem’s would have this attitude. Just think how much further our country would be now. Unemployment would be dropping more rapidly, banking fraud would be handled more aggressively, taxes would be adjusted more accordingly, and our tax dollars would be lesser spent on war and more for social services (soc security, VA benefits, etc). If everyone worked together for a common goal, SO much could be done!

      Hey, Ron Hill… if you read this… wanna run for the Republican Candidacy? Do they allow write-in’s for the candidacy? Shoot, I’m a registered Dem, can’t do a write in anyway. But I sure can get the word out on the internet… 😀

  3. Ron closed by answering my question: If Santorum somehow becomes the GOP nominee, will rational Republicans vote for Obama? I hope most Republicans think like Ron. But I’m afraid many will vote for “any Republican” rather than vote for a Democrat. Or they just won’t vote at all. I hope that will be enough to get Obama re-elected.

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