Rick Santorum

The Sick Mind of Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum  knows that he’s un-electable in a general election, so like Donald Trump, he says whatever it is that riles “the base”.

How can these so-called Christians and a Mormon be so damned evil and lie with impunity?

Mario Piperni

Rick Santorum is a strange, strange man. More we hear of him, the more frightening the thought that a man as disturbed as he could possibly one day occupy the White House. Santorum’s religious zealotry utilizes Christian dogma as an excuse to spread a special brand of hate and divisiveness. And while his homophobic bigotry is a well documented fact, his religious bigotry might be a little less known.

Rick Santorum has sought to project a sunny suburban, regular guy appeal as he vies for the GOP presidential nomination. But whenever I have seen him during the campaign, there seems to be a seething and loathing just beneath the surface that he has to struggle to keep from leaking out.

But back in 2008, while a senior fellow of the neoconservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, we got a glimpse of what it is that is so churning under his public face.  In a speech, he quietly explained to students at Ave Maria University, in Naples, Florida  that Satan, the “Father of Lies”, is destroying America.  Part of Satan’s effort, according to Santorum, has been to so transform the mainline Protestant churches in America — that they are no longer even Christian.

This may come as a surprise to the 45 million people of the member communions of the National Council of Churches, such as The Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).  But Santorum’s view that the mainline churches have gone the way of Satan is unambiguous —  as is his suggestion that his own Catholic Church remains Satan free.

Can there be any doubt that a President Santorum would seek to create a theocratic state governed primarily by his strict interpretation of the Bible? Over the weekend, he criticized President Obama as one who adheres to “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.“  Santorum later explained the theology he was referring to.

“I accept the fact that the president’s a Christian,” he said. “I just said that when you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man, and says that, you know, we can’t take those resources because we’re going to harm the Earth by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, like for example that politicization of the whole global warming debate, this is just all an attempt to centralize power, to give more power to the government.”

The well-being of the planet, Santorum tells us, should not be our concern. It is God’s. Our job is to simply rip open the earth’s crust and fill up our pockets as best and fast as we can – not unlike a child let loose in a candy store. The consequences of our deed are not our worldly concern.

Rick Santorum is a sick fuck. He really is.

The thing to know about Santorum, unlike Romney, is that he honestly believes each and every word he says. It’s not an act. When he speaks of banning contraception or when he compares homosexual conduct to bestiality or when he states his belief that Satan has infiltrated every religion except Catholicism, the man is serious. He leaves no doubt that every decision he would make as president would be guided by those very same beliefs.

Conservatives and Republicans have a clear choice in choosing their next presidential nominee.  They can pick an empty shell who has no core beliefs or they can have a man who views the world as a battle, literally, between God and Satan and would thereby base his decisions on a personal interpretation of the Bible. How lovely a choice.

If ever there was a lose-lose proposition being offered to Americans, this is it.

(The Rick Santorum source photograph for this illustration is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.)

GOP Cluelessness

Republicans: “Dumb But Not Stupid”

I beg to differ Senator McCain, Republicans are dumb and stupid!

Mario Piperni

In the face of Republicans reluctantly ending their opposition and allowing the payroll tax cuts measure to pass through Congress, Senator John McCain described his political party in this way:

“We’re dumb, but we’re not stupid. We did not want to repeat the debacle of last December. It’s not that complicated.”

While there’s not much difference in parsing dumb and stupid (they pretty much have the same meaning), I think most of us can agree on what it is McCain was admitting. Basically, he’s saying that Republicans never do anything because it’s the right thing to do. Never. It’s always about politics for them.

Did anyone believe for a second that Republicans backed down from their obstructionist ways this one time because they honestly cared about the tens of millions of middle class workers who would benefit from a two percentage point increase in their paychecks? Or because they care a damn about the millions of jobless who will see their benefits extended in a time of economic crisis? I hope not for you would have to either be a complete moron or a blind partisan fool to believe that Republicans are anything other than self-serving, heartless bastards who finally understood that opposing a tax cut at this time was detrimental to their chances of winning in November.

Essentially, if an individual is not part of the one percent of society who fill their election coffers, Republicans don’t care much for them or about them. While trying to steal their vote in any way they can, the vast majority of Americans are little more than political pawns in the eyes of the modern GOP. Pawns who for whatever reason cannot see the manner in which they are being manipulated in the worst of ways. Republican policy which favors health insurers’ profits over the millions who cannot afford any health insurance. Policy which favors big oil’s record profits over the safeguarding of the environment and a fragile warming planet. And policy which favors the taking down of a president over the basic needs and welfare of Americans.

The Republican party is dumb but not stupid? Yeah, most rational thinking people get it.

Sarah Palin

Why Sarah Palin wants a brokered convention: 3 theories

The Week

Though she’s sitting out the primaries, the Alaskan warns that “all bets are off” if no candidate has enough delegates to be nominated at August’s GOP convention

Sarah Palin may be hoping to use the GOP's presidential indecision to help her mount a return to national relevancy.

Sarah Palin may be hoping to use the GOP’s presidential indecision to help her mount a return to national relevancy.

Here we go again: Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is getting supporters and detractors all riled up, tellingFox News that if the GOP goes into its August convention without a clear nominee, we “could be looking at a brokered convention” and that “all bets are off.” The Alaskan polarizer referred to other dark-horse candidates “willing to offer themselves up…in service to their country,” adding ambiguously, “I would do whatever I could to help.” Does that mean Palin wants the primaries to end in deadlock, with none of the four remaining candidates equipped with enough delegates to win? Here, three theories on why that may be exactly what Palin’s hoping for:
1. A brokered convention would make Palin relevant again

In the “very unlikely” event of a brokered convention — in which a nominee is selected through political horse-trading and backroom deals — the GOP would be engulfed in “total chaos,” says Rachel Weiner at The Washington Post. That, in theory, could be good for Palin. She has faded from view and her clout has diminished, but she likely figures that a scenario in which her name is bandied about as a potential nominee would offer her a “return to relevance.” She thrives on primary voters’ dissatisfaction with their current options, and the longer GOP voters fail to rally behind one candidate, “the more attention she will get as a standard-bearer for unhappy conservatives.”

2. She still thinks she can be the nominee

“Oh man, do we feel like idiots!” says Jim Newell at Wonkette. Now we see that “lazy ol'” Palin has always wanted a brokered convention so party officials would “ask her to jump in the race” after she got to sit out the actual campaign. Yeah, “this way she didn’t have to do the hard stuff like campaignin’ and debatin’,” says TBogg at Firedoglake. Joke if you must, says Jules Witcover at the Baltimore Sun, but “in this crazy Republican year, it seems anything is possible.”

3. She legitimately wants to help her party

Palin really has something to offer if she wants to be useful, says Brandon Kiser at The Right Sphere. It pains some Republicans to say it, but she has undeniable “pull” with conservatives, and she could use it to get supporters of Newt Gingrich, say, or Rick Santorum to “coalesce” behind one candidate, even if it’s an establishment candidate like Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels. “‘They may be establishment,’ she’ll say, ‘but they’re conservative — and that’s what we need to defeat Barack Obama.'” I, for one, would “like to see that speech.”