Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rick Santorum Would Be Creepiest GOP Candidate Since 2008

“It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog.”

Rick Santorum is one weird dude.  ThinkProgress provides some of the supporting evidence. 

He is obsessed with and afraid of same-sex relationships.  He believes they “destabilize” society, and has "frequently compared [them] to inanimate objects like trees, basketballs, beer, and paper towels and even tried to blame the economic crisis on gay people.  He sees gay marriage as a threat:  ''It threatens my marriage. It threatens all marriages."

When he thinks about gays in the military, he thinks about them taking showers.  Thus, he defended his support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by arguing "that gay soldiers would disrupt the military because 'they’re in close quarters, they live with people, they obviously shower with people.'”

It isn't exclusively homosexual relationships that he worries about.  In his view, states should  "outlaw birth control, insisting that 'it’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.'”  Hmmm.

When it comes to abortion, Santorum is against exceptions even in life-threatening situations, calling an exception for the health of the mother "phony."

And then there's race.  Talking about abortion, again, Santorum said he was surprised that President Obama didn’t know when life began — given that he is African American:
He can’t answer that simple question, which is not a debatable question. I don’t think you’ll find a biologist in the world who would say that is not a human life. The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the constitution? Barack Obama says no, well if that human life is not a person then…I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.
And at a recent campaign stop he criticized government benefits programs for helping African Americans, stating that he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

He also wants to cut the food stamp program arguing that the nation's obesity rates make the program unnecessary:  “If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?”

 Until his recent rise (I don't want to say "surge"), Rick Santorum has not been taken very seriously as a candidate and thus, his views have not be subject to much scrutiny by the mainstream media.  The question is will his strange obsessions, bizarre statements and his desire to turn us into a White Christian Nation finally be, shall we say, exposed?

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