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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rick Santorum Back In the News, Still a Shameless Bigot

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who currently resides on the increasingly long short-list of GOP 2012 presidential hopefuls, sat down with the news fabricators over at the CNS News network this week to hash out his position on several conservative talking points. In the process of reiterating his particularly galling stance against reproductive rights, Santorum took at shot at President Obama, remarking:
"The question is -- and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person -- human life is not a person, then -- I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'we're going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"
So according to Santorum's "logic," our nation's legacy of chattel slavery apparently obliges African Americans to oppose reproductive rights for women. In a follow-up statement released yesterday to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Santorum further elucidated his reasoning:
For decades certain human beings were wrongly treated as property and denied liberty in America because they were not considered persons under the constitution. Today other human beings, the unborn of all races, are also wrongly treated as property and denied the right to life for the same reason; because they are not considered persons under the constitution. I am disappointed that President Obama, who rightfully fights for civil rights, refuses to recognize the civil rights of the unborn in this country.
Santorum's sudden fascination with racial discrimination is an interesting turn for the former Senator, particularly considering his own abysmal voting record on civil rights issues.

Santorum is perhaps best remembered for his wildly inflammatory comments regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage during a 2003 interview (or for suffering the worst defeat by an incumbent senator since the Reagan administration). According to then-Senator Santorum:
Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, where it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family.

Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.
Santorum revisited some of these claims in his interview with CNS News this week, falling back on the same tired "natural law" and "threat to society" defenses that Matt so expertly debunked in a recent article.

Frankly, as terrifying as I find the prospect of Candidate Santorum in 2012, the return of Santorum's particular brand of hate-mongering to the fore of the Republican establishment can only bode well for progressives. The presence of such a polarizing figure will hopefully galvanize a progressive base justifiably disillusioned by some of the Obama administration's policy decisions over the last two years, and putting Santorum back in the spotlight will only further showcase just the sort of bigoted, reactionary beliefs that mainstream conservatism is willing to embrace.

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