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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rick Santorum and Social Conservatism

There's all kind of talk everywhere - both right and left - of how bad Rick Santorum would be as a candidate. Why does everyone in power hate him? He's socially conservative and blatantly religious. This is my opinion, mind you, though others have hinted at the same thing. The left mocks him for saying things like protecting traditional families is the best way to protect societal and economic decay. Even though the facts (unreported by news media) are on his side. The right says he's 'unelectable.' They have no proof, but they hate the man because he won't shut up about the social issues which they consider to be losing issues. Even Ron Paul has jumped on that boat.
The interesting thing to me is that while liberal politicians and their accomplices the news media have long sought for discussion of religious beliefs to become taboo (politically incorrect), the GOP establishment has bought this premise hook line and sinker. Since when is it incorrect to talk about one's beliefs, particularly when they're shared by a majority of Americans? Since the liberals told us that other people are 'offended'by it, that's when. Which is also pretty ridiculous, if you think about it. I may not share the same exact beliefs as Muslims, Jews, some Christians, or atheists, but all religions I know of preach tolerace (excepting radical Islam, which is in a different boat) and not offense. (Aside: the Southern Baptists and their like need to work on tolerance for gays, I freely admit.) The premise that people are offended is just another one sold by the left, is all I'm saying. Of course there are plenty of people ought there who might be easily offended at a wide range of things, but these people do not constitute a majority.

Think about it: does Rick Santorum 'offend' you personally? Or do you just twinge because he's politically incorrect? What do we care for political incorrectness? We're not happy with politicians right now. Why on earth would we buy their premise that being PC matters to anyone except them - who we don't like anyway!

I am not endorsing Rick Santorum, as a clarification. I still like Mitt Romney and would be happy with either one as the nominee. I still think either one of them could easily beat Obama if he plays his cards right. I merely caution my audience not to believe for a moment that all this anti-Rick Santorum media attention is going to matter to people who value character over political correct-ness. And these people seem to be in the majority from what I can tell about polls on religiosity, personal beliefs against abortion, and social issues in general. The fact that the ruling class on both sides attack Rick Santorum so heartily is a good sign that he's the sort of man we'd really want as president of the United States.

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