Who Is This Guy? Shining The Spotlight On Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum
 
To his credit Rick Santorum doesn’t leave anything to doubt regarding his views, at least when considering moral issues. His rigidly conservative views on major moral hot points certainly charges up  most likewise minded conservative members of the Republican Party.
 
Rick Santorum’s latest surge in the GOP Primary election demonstrates both how much the Republican Party in general is not sold on Mitt Romney and also how disjointed the GOP looks at the moment. While it is almost certain Mitt Romney would lose to Barack Obama in the general election, it is even more certain that Rick Santorum wouldn’t stand a chance.
 
On abortion Rick Santorum is totally out of touch with mainstream America. He has expressed, without wavering, that abortion should be illegal under all circumstances. This includes rape and incest.
 
Regarding gay rights, Rick Santorum does not support gay marriage or civil unions for homosexuals. He also does not support their habits in the bedroom. He opposes gays serving in the military. Santorum maintains, however, that he has nothing against gay people personally.
 
Santorum’s comparison of homosexuality to pedophilia also does not sit well with most Americans. He clearly represents the views of like-minded conservatives who fear that homosexuality is a direct attack against Christian values. Those who hold with Rick Santorum’s views do so in spite of the fact that no evidence exists that homosexuality has any negative affect on society. There is just nothing to demonstrate a danger to America.
 
Moving on to equality between men and women, Rick Santorum believes women should not have the responsibilities associated with serving on the front lines in military service. Women should also consider their traditional roles as mother’s who stay home and take care of the children as more important than getting ahead in the professional arena, according to Santorum.
 
Rick Santorum seems to have some trouble with how he presents his arguments, especially with regard to a specific audience. In Detroit this past Thursday (February 16th) Santorum praised income inequality. He stated that he hoped income inequality would always exist in America. To be fair, Rick Santorum was not praising the fact that people suffer in poverty. He believes that a free market creates opportunities for people to be richly rewarded for their hard efforts. Simply stating that he hopes income inequality always exists, however, is not the best way to present the argument. Detroit is a city plagued by poverty and blight. The people of Detroit are very aware of income inequality and have been living the “hopes” of Rick Santorum for many years now.
 
Putting aside moral issues, Santorum doesn’t fair too well as a conservative voter on the fiscal front. Fellow GOP candidate Ron Paul has routinely taken Rick Santorum to task for his “liberal” voting record while serving in the US Congress.
 
Santorum has voted in favor of raising the national debt ceiling five times while serving in the US Senate. He also voted for No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a law that dramatically increased federal oversight of public schools along with federal spending. His voting record just doesn’t support his contemporary rhetoric that home schooling is good and the government should get out of the education business.
 
Rick Santorum has also played the earmark spending game. Earmark spending is where politicians slap provisions into a Bill prior to a general vote. These provisions usually include special spending programs for a specific district. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a spending watchdog group, points out that Rick Santorum got about $1 billion worth of taxpayer dollars for his district while serving in the US Senate and House of Representatives.
 
It is unlikely Rick Santorum’s current surge in GOP Primary voting will continue. Republicans aren’t really satisfied with any of their choices during this presidential election year. Mitt Romney will still be the likely candidate. Rick Santorum represents the current level of frustration among Republican voters that better alternatives simply do not exist.