Burch: Rick Santorum — choirboy or inquisitor?

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Today many Tennessee conservatives are cheering Rick Santorum’s victories in three Republican primaries: Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. But I wonder how many Tennesseans will continue to applaud when they finally realize that Santorum has the puritanical beliefs and tyrannical attitude of a medieval inquisitor?

Santorum looks like a freshly scrubbed choirboy, but appearances can be deceiving. If he becomes president and his words are any indication of his future actions (as words usually are), Santorum will actively legislate against not only all forms of abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, but also against all or most forms of contraception as well as perhaps even the “naughtier” forms of sex.

Santorum is so far right that he makes Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush look like flaming liberals. After all, they never suggested that the government should pry into our sex lives or deny us the right to buy and use contraceptives. But Santorum has repeatedly made it clear that he not only subscribes to “be fruitful and multiply” but also to the Roman Catholic dogma that sex is only morally justifiable when procreation is the goal.

Does it matter what presidents believe? Yes, it does. Andrew Jackson was a white supremacist who despised Native Americans. When he became president, he acted on his beliefs and forced innocents to walk the Trail of Tears. Richard Nixon was a paranoiac who thought everyone was out to “get” him, so he used government agencies to spy on his political opponents and engineered the Watergate break-in. Thus, beliefs obviously do matter.

Perhaps the best way to determine what Santorum would do as president is to examine what he’s said.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Santorum opined that mutually consenting adults do not have a right to privacy in bed, saying, "[The] right to privacy ... doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution." He also compared homosexuality with “man on child” and “man on dog,” causing the interviewer to say that Santorum was “freaking” her out. He furthermore said, “ ... [if] you have the right to consensual [gay] sex ... then you have the right to ... adultery.” But of course most Americans think their sex lives are their own business and don’t want the government dictating what they can do in bed.

Santorum wants to ban contraceptives: "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 have sex in the missionary position and breed like rabbits, or give up sex altogether.

After the South Carolina primary, Santorum said “Game on! ... Thank God for those [Americans] who cling to their guns and their Bibles.”

Santorum again: "The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical ... What I'm talking about is onward American soldiers. What we're talking about are core American values." But during the Crusades the Catholic church’s armies invaded the Middle East and massacred multitudes of Jews and Muslims. How, exactly, does murdering people of different races and creeds reflect “American values”?

Echoing Newt Gingrich, Santorum recently denied the human rights of millions of completely innocent Palestinian women and children, saying: “There is no ‘Palestinian.’ ” This is the type of racist “thinking” that led to 9/11 and two decade-long wars.

Santorum is a cult of one in American politics, and a man so far removed from American ideals of personal freedom and individual conscience that he has no business trying to mind ours. He would turn Americans into serfs subject to medieval beliefs and continue our headlong rush toward World War III.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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105 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 11:00

How many Communist worship in a Mosque?

By: Mike Burch on 2/10/12 at 11:03

Radix,

I quoted what Santorum said himself ... how is that lying?

The guy wants to make sure that you don't have any sort of sex that he doesn't approve of, and that all the women in your family have as many babies as possible, for the glory of God and country.

If you simply read what he's said himself, over and over again, this is obvious. He's been brainwashed by his Roman Catholic upbringing to believe that human beings do not have the right to have sex for pleasure, or to use birth control.

This is no lie, and if you asked him, he would confirm that these are his personal beliefs.

Mike

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 11:05

Captain Nemo said

"How many Communist worship in a Mosque?"

Is this like, How many Santorums does it take to screw in a light bulb?

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 11:08

By the way, the answer is none. Apparently Santorums don't screw unless it's for procreation.... so when the bulb goes out you just sit in the dark.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 11:13

You have made me curious and I'm just wondering, Captain Nemo: What does your fingernails taste like?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 11:13

Something to think about chief.

Muslims clash with China police who destroyed mosque
Monday, 02 January 2012

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/01/02/185912.html

By: Mike Burch on 2/10/12 at 11:15

Yogi,

I think we have had American politicians who have been far better than average, even though none of them were perfect.

Lincoln was a compassionate man who hated the cruelty of slavery and wanted to preserve the Union.

JFK was obviously a patriot, and he and his brothers helped turn the tide of government-abetted racism.

Bill Clinton was a compassionate, intelligent man with very good powers of reason. Newt Gingrich has said that Clinton was so persuasive that he had to "de-tox" after meeting with him.

I don't agree with everything Ronald Reagan said and did, but he kept us out of major ground wars and helped bring the Cold War to an end. He seemed like an honest, compassionate man, and he was a damn good writer and a lot smarter than most people think.

I think Barack Obama is an intelligent man with many good goals. I don't like his reliance on military solutions, but he's not a warmonger like the far-right Republicans.

No one is perfect and the job is complex and demanding. But I think we have had presidents we can be proud of. If we as a nation demand peace, rather than war, with our votes, we can influence politicians to "get with the program."

So I think it is very important that we see the very clear difference between the Republican and Democratic parties today. I think we need to put extreme pressure on Republicans to give up warmongering and social/economic injustices. The best way to do that is to stop voting for them until the party abandons its current madness.

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 11:16

yogiman said

"You have made me curious and I'm just wondering, Captain Nemo: What does your fingernails taste like?"

Watch out Cap'n.... a proposition might be next.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 11:17

The deep thoughts of yogi

Do stairs go up or down?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 11:20

Old yogi can't help but to name call in some fashion.

By: Mike Burch on 2/10/12 at 11:25

brrrrk,

Having been brainwashed as a child, I hate to see the same things happening to millions of American children. The process is pretty simple, but terrifying:

Tell children that they'll suffer in hell for all eternity unless they believe and do as they're told

Fill their highly impressionable minds with things that make no sense: God loves you and wants you to believe in him, but he'll never bother to speak to you personally. Still, if you don't believe in him, you'll go to hell. Heterosexuals can have all their sins forgiven, but homosexuals can't. God is a racist who "gave" all Palestine to the ancient Hebrews, even though the Bible clearly says that they took the land by slaughtering or enslaving innocent women and children. Now, the US has to support Israel's brutal system of apartheid, ethic cleansing and slow genocide, so that Jesus can show up at that last minute to help the rich oppressors destroy their victims.

Then we wonder why we have constant wars and trillions of dollars in debt. It all begins with what Christian parents do to their own children. Having been one of those children, I know how much fear and despair is required, and what a harrowing ordeal it is to escape the Cult of Hell.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 11:30

Mike,

I really can't see much difference between the two major parties today. I honestly feel the communist regime has pretty well taken over our nation.

While I agree with you in many ways and yes, while Obama is obviously an intelligent man, he is in that office illegally and congress allowed it to happen. There has to be an 'end of the line' for their reasoning.

This is going to be the most historical election year our nation has ever experienced. I can only hope we can go back into a republican nation.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 11:35

It depends on which way you're going, Captain Nemo. Heck, even a man with your ignorance (sorry, I meant intelligence) should know that. But then, following your comments on this site, I understand.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 11:41

yogi-

“A chip on your shoulder indicates wood higher up.”
Yiddish saying-

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 11:48

Oh chief here is some more reading why Islam and Communism don’t mix.

Karl Marx, the father of communism, said, “Communism begins from the outset with atheism.” (He said this in Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right).

Vladimir Lenin similarly wrote: “A Marxist must be a materialist, i. e., an enemy of religion, but a dialectical materialist, i. e., one who treats the struggle against religion not in an abstract way, not on the basis of remote, purely theoretical, never varying preaching, but in a concrete way, on the basis of the class struggle which is going on in practice and is educating the masses more and better than anything else could”(He said this in his book, Private Property and Communism).

http://www.nocommunism.com/communism-and-big-government-articles/communism-persecutes-religion/

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 11:49

Captain Nemo said

“A chip on your shoulder indicates wood higher up.”

Wow, wood above the shoulder..... those must be pretty potent little blue pills!!!

By: dargent7 on 2/10/12 at 12:01

The Understatement of the Year, by "yogiman":
"I really don't see much difference in the two parties, today..."
WTF?
Santorum is clinical. Gingrich is a liar, and Romney is a lighter shade of pale.
Their views on women's right's is 1940's.
It's 2012 and this gaggle of idiots want to control sexual expression, sexual contact, sexual consequences...in other words: women.
Listen to Obama talk about women for 30 seconds then contrast it with anyone of these Nethandrethal's opinion.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:07

d7-

Some people the meaning of contrast, is all white or all black. They can’t see the multitude of colors that life has to offer. Really sad way to live.

By: shinestx on 2/10/12 at 12:14

See the rabid left have a new target. And Mr. Burch, what is it that you do for a living? LOL.... must suck to contribute nothing important to humanity.

"Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com."

By: shinestx on 2/10/12 at 12:14

Just got to say it first... "President Santorum"! Get used to it, folks!

By: shinestx on 2/10/12 at 12:19

Burch, you need to learn the most basic rule of posting an article online... Post, and then go away. Don't engage with follow up comments, as you lose any credibility that remained after your alarmist screed. By the way, pretty cliche stuff from leftist blogs everywhere (just insert conservative villain's name).

So I ask you Burch, how do you feel about the destruction of religious liberties by this Demwit in the White House? Or are you one of those who have put your objection to "separation of church-state" on the backshelf in this case because a minority of employees might want more access to contraception. So in this case a minority's desires trump the rights of others. It's that basic... and everyone with a brain sees it that way. Sorry, but you guys have stepped into it this time.

Now, take my advice and go back to your "Holocaust" and "other things"... lol... and leave the comments to anyone inclined to.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:19

Marking your post shinestx. I will feed it back to you soon. LOL

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 12:21

shinestx said

"See the rabid left have a new target. And Mr. Burch, what is it that you do for a living? LOL.... must suck to contribute nothing important to humanity."

So, what's your contribution to society?

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 12:23

shinestx said

"Burch, you need to learn the most basic rule of posting an article online... Post, and then go away. Don't engage with follow up comments, as you lose any credibility that remained after your alarmist screed."

Yeah anyway Burchy Boy.... don't do as shinestx does, do as he says.....

By: govskeptic on 2/10/12 at 12:25

As I recall the Bible also speaks of work all of which is honorable, but that along
with laboring to support one's self and their family seems to be left out of all
these discussion. The rich(which I've never been a member of) supporting the poor
seems to be the only theme of the day along with the re-election campaign.
I too hate hypocrisy and self-righteousness, but that is found in all sectors of
life and certainly as much in the republican and democratic party and most notably in this administration. Hypocrisy is the one core value of this President as shown on
many occasions. I make no apology for that statement and he just showed it again
today on the statement concerning health care rule.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:31

Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

By: Ummm... on 2/10/12 at 12:38

shinestx said, "Just got to say it first... "President Santorum"! Get used to it, folks!"

Really? Seriously? Please tell me you are not that delusional.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 12:39

Shinestx...I beat ya to it.. used the unsavory expression, "President Santorum", in the 3rd paragraph of my 6:15 post:

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 6:15

Santorum is a Catholic born-again...the worst kind, IMO.

White Catholic born-agains often come from more upscale, better educated backgrounds than the Southern-fried variety. Their zeal is second to none and they are closet theocrats who like to mix their religion with their politics....I was raised as a Roman Catholic, so please hold the jeers; I know what I'm talking about.

President Santorum would be a willing and submissive vassal to the Israeli Prime Minister...Catholics are basically self-hating Jew-wannabes.

If the rapture and Armageddon or what we need, then Santorum is our guy...he will expedite the End Times...or get us all killed trying.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:44

Don’t you just love how some people make vague post and leave you guessing as to what they mean.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:46

Man who make wild prediction, show ass.

Captain Nemo

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 12:48

Nemo,

Shiites and Sunnis don't mix either...unless there is a common enemy.

And after the enemy is defeated, they go back to fighting each other.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:50

Well it is time for me to go. Have a good weekend.

And remember;

Man who walk through airport door sideways is going to Bangkok. ;-)

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 12:53

If Israel strikes Iran before the US presidential election, and if the US gets sucked in and the economy tanks,when gas prices double or triple...then Obama is toast...especially if an American ship or two are sunk or some similar catastrophe happens....in such a case, Obama would get all the blame..if the Israelis are successful and the Iranians get their asses whupped, Netanyahu will get all the credit, not Obama.

Bibi Netanyahu, a New York-educated master-politician, will be the most influential player in determining our fate...nobody in the US government, no Super-PAC, no voting bloc, and no media outlet is more powerful than the Israeli Prime Minister.

If the shit hits the fan with Iran, all bets are off.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 12:56

There you go with your song and dance routine chief. Communist or Atheist and Muslims don’t like Atheist, not even against a common enemy.

Man who fly plane upside down have crackup.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 1:02

Chiefpayne has been absent from this forum for quite a while...he seems to have become more bitter and disgruntled...not tanned and rested.....what gives, Chief?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 1:03

Come to think of it chief, that is lame. The Shiites and Sunnis are Muslims, just as Catholic and Baptist are Christians.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 1:03

Nemo,

You don't have to LOVE the guy who you accept help from...you just have to take the help until you don't need them anymore. Fidel Castro did that.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/12 at 1:07

I see that time as not made you any wiser, chief.

Got to go people, have fun with chief and don’t hurt him to bad.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 1:30

Nemo,

LOL Apparently time has only made you older as well.

Enjoy.

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 1:49

In a recent speech given before a church congregation, Santorum implied that the "attack on religion" (as he sees it) could result in something like the French Revolution. Well, Santorum should be a little careful about his historical references.

Do you think he realizes that the revolution he alludes to resulted in a period of French history commonly referred to as the "de-Christianization of France"; a period where all Christian influences (as well as all other religious influences) were expunged from the government as well as from much of French society, going so far as the reset the French calendar back to year "0" and renaming the days of the week as well as the months of the year? And all of this was largely in response to the church's over reaching and corruptive influence and takeover of much of the government.

Santorum, as well as other theocrats of his ilk, should choose their words carefully and heed the lessons of history. They may very well get their revolution, but as always, the winners of any revolution are never guaranteed.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 1:53

Time has only made him older physically, Cheifpayne568. It couldn't do much for him mentally.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 1:57

Sorry, chief, I was looking the other way.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 2:10

brrrk,

I believe the reference to the French Revolution which Santorum mentioned was to imply the rising of the people against their own government...not the expungment of Christian influences. Such would not be in keeping with his Christian background, I would think.

And you are indeed correct...the winners of any revolution are never guaranteed...however there is some measure of guarantee that the cost would be great, no matter the winner.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 2:11

Yogiman,

One can hardly blame you for looking the other way. And I concur...wisdom has continued to elude him.

By: brrrrk on 2/10/12 at 2:18

chiefpayne568 said

"I believe the reference to the French Revolution which Santorum mentioned was to imply the rising of the people against their own government...not the expungment of Christian influences. Such would not be in keeping with his Christian background, I would think."

Really, then why make the direct reference to the French revolution when he could have made a more general reference to "a" revolution? Or do you think it was purely an act of stirring up the congregation with visions of Liberals with their heads in the guillotine?

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 2:22

brrrk,

I do believe it was to make reference to the leaders with their heads in the guillotine...and not specifically liberals either.

The idea, IMO, was to make reference to the people rising up against the government, which was done and which ended up being extremely bloody.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/10/12 at 2:25

Of course that is where the similiarity ends...after all Marie-Antoinette said "let them eat cake"...while Michelle wants us to eat anything BUT apparently. LOL

By: bfra on 2/10/12 at 3:12

That's right chief (of nothing), Michelle wants everyone to eat healthier & work out (exercise) more. What is wrong with that?

By: acluu on 2/10/12 at 10:39

Mike Burch said: "Then we wonder why we have constant wars and trillions of dollars in debt. It all begins with what Christian parents do to their own children. Having been one of those children, I know how much fear and despair is required, and what a harrowing ordeal it is to escape the Cult of Hell ".

Men such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and those who participated in the resistance against Hitler are wonderful examples of faith and determination in action in the service of God
.
"Everywhere and at all times of greatest trial men have appeared, prophets and saints who cherished their freedom, who preached the One God and who with His help brought the people to a reversal of their downward course.

We must attack evil where it is strongest, and it is strongest in the power of Hitler... We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace."

(Taken from a leaflet distributed by Hans and Sophie Scholl of the "White Rose," a Christian student organization in Germany that challenged the rise of the Nazis)

In a time when many Christians abandoned their faith and chose to support evil, Hans and Sophie Scholl, along with a few dozen other German students, stood up to Hitler and his reign of terror. A brother and sister of only 24 and 21 years of age, Hans and Sophie, inspired by their Christian faith, decided to wage a spiritual war against the Nazi system.

Franz Jaggerstatter, was beheaded because of his refusal to join Hitler's army. Hans and Sophie Scholl, the "Martyrs of the White Rose," were beheaded for treason against the Nazi party on February 22, 1943.

The fact remains, Hitler was put in power and relied upon murders, rapists, thugs, and a band of thieves, many of them notorious homosexuals, such as Roehm, Karl Ernst, Heines, Rohrbein, Petersdorf, and Helmsdorf to name a few. Sadists such as Streicher, were part of that component of violence but more as a notorious fornicator given to blackmail.

So much for guilt by association.

By: Loner on 2/11/12 at 4:37

Acluu....your point is?