Rick Santorum is a true believer and is so far to the right that he has fallen off the map of reality. At every level of basic humanity he is a profoundly flawed and damaged human being and is wrong on pretty much every issue. At first, he was largely viewed as a simpleton on the margins, but now that he has a shot at the GOP nomination, his backward views, ugly bigotry, religious extremism, and sexual hangups have been thrust into the public arena.
On ABC’s This Week the candidate said today that President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech calling for the separation of church and state made him want to “throw up.” According to today’s ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos:
“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?” Santorum said.
“That makes me throw up and it should make every American who is seen from the president, someone who is now trying to tell people of faith that you will do what the government says, we are going to impose our values on you, not that you can’t come to the public square and argue against it, but now we’re going to turn around and say we’re going to impose our values from the government on people of faith, which of course is the next logical step when people of faith, at least according to John Kennedy, have no role in the public square,” he said.
Santorum also said he does not believe in an America where the separation of church and state is “absolute.”
“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country,” said Santorum. “This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960,” he said.
Santorum also tried to foment working class resentment and played the “elitism” card by calling Barack Obama a “snob” for having the audacity of wanting young people to have a college education so they can graduate with higher-paying jobs. According to the Los Angeles Times:
Appearing at a campaign stop in Troy, Mich., Santorum — his voice thick with derision — said on Saturday: “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard everyday and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor that [tries] to indoctrinate them.”
If this weren’t bad enough, Santorum said that President Obama was wrong to apologize for America mistakenly burning Korans in Afghanistan:
“There was nothing deliberately done wrong here. This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake, ” said Santorum. “Say it’s unfortunate…but to apologize for something that was not an intentional act is something that the president of the United States in my opinion should not have done.”
We must also add that Rick’s wife, Karen Santorum claimed that God wanted her creepy Opus Dei loving husband to be President:
“I personally think this is God’s will. I think He has us on a path, and I do think there’s a lot more happening than what we’re seeing. Personally I mean I think Rick’s a great guy, and he’s really smart and everything. But I think a lot more is happening than what we can actually see. It’s completely a spiritual thing. This is God’s will.”
Now we know Rick Santorum’s vision of himself and for America: The former senator is a man with troubling delusions of grandeur and a God complex, who believes that it is America’s role to be arrogant and unreasonable to other nations, disrespectful of the religion of others, and at home we should become a land of Christian Sharia — with no separation of church and state –little education and issues like birth control and gay rights should be returned to their proper place in the 1950’s.
One wonders what radical and ridiculous drivel will drip out of his mouth this week.