Santorum talks health care, energy, debt to more than 600 at Belmont event

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:08am

Even though Sen. Rick Santorum was 45 minutes late to his rally at Belmont University's Curb Event Center after a long day on the campaign trail, the state's Republican primary frontrunner delivered a nearly hour-long speech to a group of more than 600 people.

Santorum touched on a variety of topics including health care, energy and the national debt. But he kept coming back to a main principle: the power and size of government.

"We're in a time right now where that flame is flickering because people are doubting whether it’s best now for us to be free or whether it’s better to be ruled," Santorum said.

"We were a country that, like any other country, was built from the bottom up. Built with communities relying on each other. Government was inconsequential. That's how America transformed the world."

The former Pennsylvania senator said that a perceived "income inequality" created by his proposed plan of less government is a "not a bad thing."

"Look here in Nashville. Why? Because there are amazing talents in this town that soar … and they are richly rewarded," Santorum said. "There are those who work just as hard, but they don't succeed for one reason or another … . You know what? That's OK. That's the way it works, as long as both have the freedom to pursue those dreams."

Unlike fellow candidate Newt Gingrich, who held a public rally at the State Capitol on Monday, Santorum acknowledged his opponents in the tight race.

"If you look at this race, it comes down to that fundamental issue. … I've been someone who's been out there on the edge looking at how we can empower you," Santorum said. "I provided contrasts of someone who doesn't believe in government control, but believes in freedom."

Santorum's speech also had its share of detractors. People with signs supporting Ron Paul and Gov. Mitt Romney showed up. A staffer with Santorum's campaign, accompanied by Metro police officers and Belmont event staff, warned protesters about holding up their signs.

Santorum didn't address the controversial comments he made regarding higher education, calling President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that every American should pursue college education.

He did, however, encourage students to cast their votes on Super Tuesday, March 6, and Election Day.

"As young people with your futures ahead of you … the education and opportunities. Why would you settle for an America that doesn't believe in you?" Santorum said.

"If Barack Obama is re-elected, this country will foundationally change and once freedom is lost, never in the history of the world has it been regained."

Santorum attended a fundraiser hosted by Lee Beaman and visited Knoxville earlier in the day. Tomorrow, he has campaign stops in Washington state.

26 Comments on this post:

By: athyrio on 3/1/12 at 7:57

"If Barack Obama is re-elected, this country will foundationally change and once freedom is lost, never in the history of the world has it been regained."

Really? Not in 1776? Not in France a few years later? Not in the states of the former Soviet Union? It's obvious that dude can't read.

By: Mike Burch on 3/1/12 at 8:32

The majority of Santorum’s supporters are Bible-believing Protestants. But I wonder how many of them understand that according to Santorum they are in league with the Devil because they have sex for intimacy and pleasure, rather than for purely procreational purposes? Yes, Santorum really is that irrational, and due to what seems to be some sort of exotic obsessive-compulsive disorder, he can’t stop talking about sex, contraception and religion, even though doing so will surely cost him any chance at the presidency. Why? Because American women will not allow him to return them to the Dark Ages.

Santorum is a cult of one in American politics. But the political figure he most closely resembles is Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini: a rigid moralist with prehistoric views about women and sex whose puritanical regime dismantled family planning centers and ordered health care professionals not to advocate contraception. Sound familiar?

Yes, Santorum really does want to ban contraceptives. He admits it himself: "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is ... the dangers of contraception ... It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is [sic] counter to how things are supposed to be." In other words, Americans should breed mindlessly like rabbits, leaving how many babies they have up to chance, or give up sex altogether. Why? Because Rick Santorum knows the mind of God.

Incredibly, Santorum also believes that our government has the right to monitor what we do in bed. In an interview with the Associated Press, he opined that the "right to privacy ... doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution."

Santorum obviously can’t help himself. He babbles compulsively in public about Satan, “spiritual warfare” (obviously to be led by him) and states having the right to ban contraceptives, which would force sexually active American women to remain continually pregnant until they reach menopause. But how many of those women will vote for him in the general election, once they understand that his worldview is that of a medieval inquisitor?

Unlike JFK, who in a 1960 speech firmly advocated separation of church and state, Santorum clearly wants his chosen religion to dictate morality to the masses. In fact, he recently said that Kennedy’s speech made him want to “throw up.”

Yes, Santorum is honest, but then most KKK members are honest about their disdain for people with darker skin. Santorum has similar disdain for “liberals,” by which he doesn’t mean just gays, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists, but millions of married and faithful Protestants as well (and probably most Catholics to boot, since most of them now use contraceptives and have sex as they please).

Santorum would be Church Lady hilarious if he wasn’t two steps from the White House. Now we know how free-thinking Iranians felt when they realized Khomeini might actually rise to power in Iran.

It is truly ironic for so many American Protestants to support Santorum when in a 2008 speech delivered at Ave Maria college, he said that “mainstream, mainline” Protestantism has been seduced by the “Father of Lies” to such an extent that Protestants are no longer Christians but have fallen prey to “vanity” and “pride” (both hallmarks of the Devil).

Like the Ayatollah Khomeini, Rick Santorum calls mainstream America the “Great Satan.”

By: govskeptic on 3/1/12 at 9:10

Mr. Burch I can't help but wonder how much you are being paid by
an unannounced source for your writings for the re-election effort.
While Mr. Santorum is not my candidate in this primary the above
remarks are about as much half-truths in every paragraph as I have
read in any publication this cycle. Santorum & KKK, Santorum & the
Ayatollah, Santorum & the Devil, your sources for all this crap must
come from your own self-divinity and troubled mind! What a mission.

While Mr. Santorum is likely not to be the nominee, we can all expect
whoever is will receive even more half-truths if even that!

By: Left-of-Local on 3/1/12 at 9:34

THANK YOU, BURCH. Well put. Most of us don't doubt the source, as it is the drivel that comes out of Santorum's own mouth.

Santorum is a disgusting an scary theocratic nut. And the respect I had been gaining for Belmont just slipped a bit by hosting him.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Santorum

By: HamBoneHamBone on 3/1/12 at 9:46

By pushing this clown along, Republicans are making fools of themselves.

All of the flies attracted to the dung of Santorum's nutty rhetoric pale in comparison to the strategic necessity of winning 270 electoral votes in order to become President of the United States. And Santorum mathematically has no chance when you factor in the impact of moderate voters in the key swing states and the results of public opinion polls related to his extreme positions. He is, in the simplest of terms (which he of course could appreciate), a NO-HOPER.

The longer Santorum and Romney slug it out, the nastier it will get, and the more the independents will be inclined to turn away from whoever the Republican nominee is. Coming to Nashville was about one thing, and Santorum blew it by going after Obama. He needed to go after Romney, and hard. There's no way Obama wins this state, so the Republican nominee will be the de facto recipient of Tennessee's electoral votes. All going after Obama does is whip up the evangelical frenzy, and they will vote for Romney if they must. Santorum should have known this. It doesn't need to be he who wins for Republicans to be satisfied -- it just needs to be a Republican.

By: TRHJR on 3/1/12 at 10:25

bone and burch what left -wing Muslin hole did you two crawl out of ... obama is the most guttless wonder and a coward and that desribes the both of you ....

By: LizzyD on 3/1/12 at 10:26

Yes, Mike Burch. Good job. Your only error is the statement that Santorum is a cult of one. He is not. He is a Dominionist, a large cult now pervasive among the Protestant fundamentalist churches, and apparently also among some of the more fundie Vatican followers.

http://thecrowncollege.com/whatwebelieve/

This is where Santorum made his Knoxville speech yesterday. They cheered him.

http://www.opusdei.us/art.php?p=47608

This is is the current Pope's declaration related to "big famlies."

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 10:54

Obama just apologized for venereal warts worldwide. Then, he promised to have US corporations fund treatment.

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 10:56

Obama just apologized for all episodes of Andy Griffith and Mayberry RFD. He said the episodes were insensitive, and urged the world to watch the Kardashians.

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 11:00

Obama just apologized that Arabic is not the official language of the White House. However, he promised that he will be a better Muslim next term and will agree to euthanize all Christians.

Reports say that Obama and top Iranian leaders were recently spotted giggling in a Washington tattoo parlor while having the 1st Amendment inked on their rears in Arabic.

By: TRHJR on 3/1/12 at 11:10

yea lizzyd get your coat hanger out and strat killn some more babies .....

By: gdiafante on 3/1/12 at 12:53

Obama should apologize the world that in the 21st century, this country still produces morons like Jughead and TRHJR.

By: global_citizen on 3/1/12 at 1:20

goveskeptic, I'm curious what your screenname on FreeRepublic.com is.

In my experience, without variance, only the paranoid far right lunatics who hang out on the echo chamber known as Free Republic have this belief that anyone who doesn't believe like they do must obviously be a paid stooge of the ... Communists/ACLU/George Soros/NARAL/Barack Obama/Gay Agenda/China, etc. etc.

By: Nitzche on 3/1/12 at 1:25

I am intimidated with all the smart people here.....how do you all deal with all the stupid people you come into contact with daily?

By: TRHJR on 3/1/12 at 1:51

your right gdif but i would rather be a moron that hate-filled radical left wing commie .... such as you .... I rather be dead than red ....

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 2:17

Obama just apologized for Black History Month. Upon reelection, he will combine it with a month long celebration of Shariah Law. His fellow church members are ecstatic.

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 2:21

Obama just apologized to Muslims worldwide for allowing Jews to vote for him. He promised that after Barbara Streisand votes for him in 2012, he will euthanize all Jews in America. That is, after all Christians are imprisoned and mutilated.

By: Jughead on 3/1/12 at 2:23

Obama just apologized to Rev Jeremiah Wrong for distancing himself from him in 2008. Upon reelection, Obama will disclose that he and Rev. Wrong regularly touch themselves while admiring a picture of Osama Bin Laden.

By: yucchhii on 3/1/12 at 2:35

yucchhii If ANYONE believes the BS that comes out of ANY politicians mouth..that is republicans OR democrats...then I'll bet you read AND believe the supermarket tabloids too. What do democrats have in common with republicans? Give up? They are "ALL" BS ARTISTS...They will "ALL" try to BS you!!! That is a FACT!!! If ANY of the politicians were to REALLY give a dam about the USA, then WHY HAVE THEY NOT FIXED THIS COUNTRY YET IN STEAD OF MAKING IT WORSE??? NONE of them have done that!!! The USA is already half way down the drain!!!

By: T-BONE on 3/2/12 at 9:14

SANCTUM SANTORUM 2012 starring in "RETURN TO THE DARK AGES"
Sent by GOD and approved by the POPE!

By: Mike Burch on 3/2/12 at 12:35

govskeptic,

I am merely pointing out what Santorum says himself. He is an unabashed evangelist of right-wing Roman Catholic beliefs. Those beliefs include:

The Roman Catholic Church is the only true church, which means Protestants are not really Christians.

The use of contraceptives is a "sin."

Sex is only morally justified when married couples are trying to make babies, which means most Protestants are "sinners" because they often have sex for purposes of intimacy and pleasure.

Santorum clearly thinks "mainstream, mainline" Protestantism has been deluded by
Satan. He said this himself in a 2008 speech to Ave Maria College.

Don't shoot the messenger.

By: Mike Burch on 3/2/12 at 12:45

To all Santorum fans and defenders,

The guy has the same beliefs as the Ayatollah Khomeini, who dismantled family planning centers, opposed contraception, and called American the Great Satan.

Santorum also believes that mainstream America is the Great Satan, because most Protestants have sex as they please and use contraceptives.

In their irrational fear and hatred of President Obama, conservative Christians are trying to elect someone who called them Devil Worshipers in public.

Santorum recently said that the idea of separation of church and state made him want to "throw up." He's a theocrat with the same beliefs as Iran's autocratic clerics.

It is truly amusing to hear conservatives bash President Obama, when their darling, Rick Santorum, would send their wives and daughters back to the Dark Ages of Holy Wars, Inquisitions and women and girls being burned as "witches."

Granted, the men are too blind with irrational fears to see the truth, but what about the women? Will they vote for their worst enemy?

The nation's salvation will no doubt come when American women vote for President Obama because male conservatives are such morons they don't know better than to go after the Pill.

By: pswindle on 3/2/12 at 3:40

Has anyone noticed Mitt Rommey? He walks, talks and gestures very feminine like.
Just saying!

By: T-BONE on 3/2/12 at 5:01

All right! I've had enough of this disgusting SANTORUM FREAK! I think some Catholic Priest "Altered" this "boy" (if you know what I mean, they are quite good at that!) and he is "venting his anger" in the opposite direction because he is a coward! I think that this UnAmerican/anti American Santorum (a first generation American) should "pack it up" and go back to "Old World" Italy! That way he could be closer to that spooky old POPE and the Vatican Crew!" He would fit right in! (If you know what I mean)!

By: govskeptic on 3/3/12 at 9:12

pswindle it might be interesting see how you walk, we know how you type!

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 7:17

"your right gdif but i would rather be a moron that hate-filled radical left wing commie .... such as you .... I rather be dead than red ...."

Again, this time in English. Thanks.