Rick Santorum in announcing his second candidacy for American president, said last week he would attempt something no Republican candidate or office holder has done in recent memory----fight for working class Americans.
He hinted that God would help him do it.
"The last race, we changed the debate," Santorum said, flanked by token factory workers and his family. "This debate, with your help and God's grace, we can change this nation."
That's what I'm afraid of Rick.
The former Pennsylvania senator finished in second place for the Republican nomination four years ago.
Santorum, 57 years old, hinted that the current crop of Republican challengers, while a diverse and impressive field, should yield to his prior experience, including that of losing before. He pledged to "Fight for the freedom for you to believe what you are called to believe, not just in your place of worship, but outside your place of worship too."
Roughly translated that seems to mean, "I will spend my time imposing my religious beliefs on you, your church and your place of business regardless of what you think you believe now."
In fact, much of what Santorum said at his campaign kick-off held in the small town of Cabot, Pennsylvania, near his home town, while calling for new beginnings, seemed to be a replay of the same reactionary obsessions of the far right. For example, instead of improving the economy for Americans, focusing instead on women's reproductive issues, abortion and Christian family values---not your brand of Christianity or whatever religion you are----but Rick's brand.
Santorum is a Catholic. Added to other candidates who are courting voters based on religious preference such as Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, the 2016 election from a Republican standpoint could be a case of coming down the political mountain with a white beard and carrying the stone tablets.
Rick Santorum, one of the candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. | Photo: |
"Thou shalt not Vote for Anyone Else than Me.
Santorum can also be expected to as usual campaign against Gay Rights and whether businesses can deny services to same sex couples.
Santorum did not mention how he would get more money in your wallet or end turmoil in the Middle East. It remains to be seen what new pearls of wisdom he will come up with this time, but he has a solid foundation from the past.
Who could forget for example when in a foreign policy gem Santorum said there is no such thing as a Palestinian? "They were all Israelis," Santorum said.
Since the area had been called "Palestine" for centuries before, inhabitants of the region must have been interested to hear their new status according to Rick.
Or who could not appreciate Rick's accidentally defending gay marriage even though he opposes it, by citing the wisdom that it's not recommended for a person to have sex with a dog.
"That's not to pick on homosexuality," Santorum said. "It's not you know, man on child, man on dog or whatever the case may be."
He left out making love to a frog.
We can expect more of these witticisms from Rick as he launches his campaign for change based on the same old xenophobic dogmas (talking about making love to dogs).