Bigot of the Week Award: January 6, Rick Santorum

6 Jan

Bigot of the Week

Congratulations to Iowa’s Republican caucus voters. They’ve just given momentum and credibility to one of the most bigoted presidential campaigns of all time. Rejected Senator Rick Santorum was already infamous for his rabid anti-gay, anti-woman stands. He made nearly 150 campaign stops in Iowa promising to stick by his history and was rewarded with a virtual tie in Tuesday’s vote. While his campaign is still a long-shot, the boost he received from his last-minute surge has provided Santorum with an ongoing platform for his words of hate. He has argued with college students about marriage equality, continuing his irrational comparisons with polygamy. On the O’Reilly Factor, he managed to surprise even that bastion of illogic with his extreme stand, maintaining that as President he would force a Constitutional “one man, one woman” amendment and then work to ensure that all legally performed marriages between same-sex couples were invalidated. It takes some doing to stand out as the most potentially dangerous in this pack of candidates. Rick Santorum earns yet another BWA by doing his best to prove he’s the one.

Am I the only one wondering what is hiding in his “closet?”

8 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: January 6, Rick Santorum”

  1. James Queale January 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    He is awful! He tried to say the other day that he has barely talked about gay issues. Really?! And then he says that he never said “Black people” when referring to welfare, he said “Blah people.” Again, really?! But his supporters are so stupid and probably buy it. Thankfully like you said, he doesn’t have much of a chance anywhere else. I have even heard people suggest that he should go against Obama because obviously Obama would win. Ah, no, these people have seen the idiots that have gotten elected when others said they were not electable right? *Sigh*

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      Yes, his stupidity and bigotry know no bounds. It is a terribly sad commentary on the United States that so many people supported him, but as you pointed out: “the idiots that have gotten elected when others said they were not electable right.”

  2. Jay January 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Some threats to liberty, such as Santorum’s extreme anti-privacy policy positions, are universal. Plenty of humans enjoy masturbation, oral sex, anal sex, and artificial contraception, all of which Santorum believes ought to be criminalized–even among consenting heterosexual adults in the privacy of their own homes.

    While I concede that a President Santorum would be particularly punitive and cruel to the LGBT community, and to women, and while I acknowledge that threats to those communities are your particular interest, it strikes me as useful to remind people that some policies represent a threat to the liberty of all residents of the United States.

    The defense funding bill that President Obama recently and reluctantly signed, that included provisions for the indefinite detention of American citizens, is a similar case in point: while the immediate targets of those provisions would likely be Muslim, it potentially could be used against anyone. For both philosophical and practical political purposes it makes more sense to frame the issue as a universal threat to everybody freedom than as a particular threat to a minority’s freedom.

    “But what about the poor straight white men? Can’t they be victims too?!” must sound like a painfully ironic refrain to your ears, as you have been victimized repeatedly by members of that group. Still, recognizing and seizing upon opportunities for inclusive rhetoric is the sort of tactic that helps to sway swing voters and build electoral majorities. A few people who are not already in the choir must occasionally read this blog, and reaching out to them with universal language need not represent a pandering compromise of principle.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

      Jay,

      Thank you for doing a marvelous job of underscoring how awful Santorum would be for ALL Americans! Your first paragraph was particularly poignant and, for me, shows how identical Santorum is to the absolutely loony Christine O’Donnell.

  3. nevercontrary January 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Ooh I hope whatever is in his closet comes out. I bet it is so nasty likes have never been heard of before.

  4. nevercontrary January 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/10/opinion/granderson-santorum/index.html?hpt=op_t1
    this article compares our boy rick to a drug dealer.

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