Skip to comments.Ann Coulter, I Am More of a Catholic than a Conservative, Just Like Rick Santorum
Posted on 01/09/2012 7:54:11 PM PST by tcg
Ann Coulter's criticism of Rick Santorum for being "more of a Catholic than a Conservative" makes me want to do even more to help people come to understand his positions. ...Coulter's comments help explain why Catholics like me consider ourselves to be 'reluctant Republicans." She was derisive of Rick Santorum's concern for the poor. She mocked his insistence upon the connection between moral, social and economic issues. She was condescending and dismissive of his integrated campaign message.
...Santorum understands that freedom is a good of the human person. Further that he sees that the market economy, as promising as it is, requires the continual expansion of opportunities for participation. Many of us who are inspired by him are from blue collar backgrounds. Our ancestors did not come over on the Mayflower. We care about the poor and cringe when any candidate seems to lack concern for them.
However, we also now know that big government does a horrible job of providing care for them and that collectivism - be it of the right or the left - is anything but the solution. We want a candidate who speaks of opening up economic participation in the American dream to as many as possible. One who recognizes that the market was made for man, not man for the market.
...Recently I heard Rick Santorum defend his proposal to increase the child tax credit in order to help parents, promote the family and grow our economy. He accurately explained the fact that a demographic winter is leading many Nations in Europe to do all they can to increase the birth of children.
He then persuasively argued that America needs to encourage strong families because strong families build a strong Nation. He is correct. ...
(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...
Then, she surprised many on the political left and the political right - and many in between. She endorsed the Republican establishment's candidate, Mitt Romney, for the Republican nomination in 2012 very early in the primary campaign.
Rather than question what might have prompted such an endorsement, I want to discuss her efforts to harm the candidacy of a very good man, Rick Santorum. I believe they reveal bigger problems with serious implications.
It seems that Ann has been possessed by the spirit of Christopher Hitchens.
Seriously ... WTH has happened to Ann?!?
Maybe Catholics should stop buying this harridan’s screeching books.
I’m not Catholic but of the men still in the race, I trust Rick santorum more than any of the rest.
I think somebody has compromising pictures of Coulter, Christy and Romney. Although Ann and Romney are barely in the frame.
In my opinion if more of the candidates put God first including standing up for things that God condemns such as abortion and gay marriage, that is the candidate that could win this thing, because God honors those who do His will, and Santorum is the only candidate that I have heard that really seems to put the Lord first. I am sick of voting for those that put themselves first, and are too politically correct, too concerned with how their votes will be affected should they stand on the principles of the Bible at all costs, those are the candidates that are Christians in name only. I am sick of those. They are no better than our current POTUS.
Oh! That’s pretty good!! This could explain everything!!!
or maybe just like Nancy Pelosi?
LOl..I read the title and got excited in thinking she had recanted her endorsement of Romney and came around to Santorum. I cannot express my deep disappointment...
A Coulter sandwich would not be very nourishing. ;)
Ann Coulter's criticism of Rick Santorum for being "more of a Catholic than a Conservative" ... help explain why Catholics like me consider ourselves to be 'reluctant Republicans." She was derisive of Rick Santorum's concern for the poor. She mocked his insistence upon the connection between moral, social and economic issues. She was condescending and dismissive of his integrated campaign message.
After rereading the title, I do not know why I originally thought it might be a good thing...sorry, long day of work has me loopy I guess.
Santorum isn’t conservative but ROMNEY IS....?
I think they’ve copied Ann at Area-51 and have replaced her with a clone....?!?!?!
BEAM ME UP....!
It’s hard to keep the mask on when you have a huge agenda to push.
So tcg, how do you square Conservatism with the Catholic church position, as enunciated by people like the Archbishop of Los Angeles who basically flaunts our country’s immigration laws vis a vis illegal Mexican Immigration? To my mind, you can’t have church hierarchy “deciding” that their ideas about compassion and all that trumping Federal law. What say you?
Yeah Ann, Rick’s not a conservative like Christy and Romney.
I used to relish her articles, columns and interviews.
She’s been too influenced for too long by the beltway/ivy league pseudo-intellects.
She has lost touch with us out here in flyover country.
They can munch on asphalt for a year or two; they may then regain an understanding of things..
Ann is moving away from conservatism, much like some of the other women journalists, who once were quite conservative and had great followings. They all seem to get the bug to be more important in the MSM world. Kathleen Parker, and many more who are thrilled to be called on as the “conservative voice” in things have all sold out to become accepted by the “mainstream”. Once in a while they say something worthwhile, but who cares any longer? I never read them anymore. Their opinion is not consistent and doesn’t matter.
But it's ok to be democrat, who support abortions and gay marriage?
As for Coulter, I can only guess that she has become a Mormon in secret.....
Depends on if you are talking economic or social issues.
I have never liked Ann Coulter. She embarrasses me.
On the contrary, I love Rick Santorum. I want to be him when I grow up — not her. LOL.
What I mean by that, is that I want to be considered a serious, thoughtful, kind, person.
You're not familiar with the author, are you?
Nothing. This is the way she's always been, but conservatives tend to put blinders on when someone in the public eye talks their talk. Fact is, though Coulter is and always has been a skanky elitist snob and a very unpleasant person.
Leaving aside politics and just focusing on the human element, I have never forgotten Coulter's chief reason for shrilly opposing Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court. It was because Miers didn't come from an Ivy League law school.
Not at all like Nancy Pelosi. She is more of a liberal than a Catholic.
I'm Catholic, and I totally agree.
As a matter of fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church totally agrees with your standpoint as well. Here's the relevant text (CCC 2241):
The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.
I sincerely hope that answers your question.
And, while I don't know all the stances of the new Los Angeles Bishop (José Gómez), he's generally known in conservative Catholic circles to be head-and-shoulders better than his detestable predecessor, Bishop Mahoney. Maybe it is Mahoney that you are referring to.
Dealing with boneheaded Bishops is a cross we in the US Church often need to carry. At least things appear to be getting better, slowly but surely.
I think she just wants to sell books.
She’ll never get another dime from me.
I’ve been saying for a while, she hasn’t been the same since her mother died. Also, the whole brouhaha at CPAC last year threw her into the more lib side of the GO. But this kind of bigotry is beyond the pale, even for Coulter.
Did she say anything about Mitt being more Mormon than conservative? Has she ever set out just how she sees Mitt as conservative?
I can only suppose that Ann has done the math and has realized that the stable of alternatives is now down to the ones that we can hope to actually win against Obama.
Another Obama administration will not be the milquetoast leader we have seen so far. A second term Obama will be much, much worse. Most of FR seems to be OK with that. I’m not.
“I want to be considered a serious, thoughtful, kind, person”
You already are considered all these things by me, just judging from the photo of your beautiful garden!
That restraining order is no longer needed.
I still do, her humor and wit are second to none. I don't understand her love of Romney and I don't understand why she didn't support Bachman. I guess some people can't be right 100% of the time.
She does make a point about the conflicts between many Catholics and Republican policy. Many in the Church believe we have a duty to care for the disadvantaged, and we do indeed as individuals have that responsibility. The difference is that many Catholics believe that we have that responsibility as a society and there is the rub. If all Catholics were generous in their offerings to the Catholic church then the Catholic church would have the money it needs to take care of the poor but unfortunately the members of the Catholic Church are not as a whole so generous. Catholics like Pelosi, Kennedy and perhaps Santorum (although I believe he is the best of what's left) feel that they should make society follow the ideals of the Catholic church and care for the poor. So now 50% of the people in this country support the other 50%.
I know people will jump all over me but Ron Paul is right on this point, the government taking from me to support sombody else is no different than Robin Hood doing it. I resent it. I am generous in my offerings to support the poor because I feel as a Christian it is my duty, I do not feel it is my duty to force someone else to do Christian Charity.
Christian Charity forced upon people and administered by non-Christian people has promoted single mothers which has been the biggest factor of ruin in our society. I remember when Lyndon Johnson told a group of reporters that women would not have children to get more welfare and laughed at the idea that that would happen, it did indeed happen and we now have had babies having babies for generations and ruined these generations, nothing will ever be able to help these poor people fit back into society, it has been an evil exercise all in the name of Christian Charity.
Call it what ever you wish but the safety net or welfare has ruined our society.
Ann you are more of a slut, than a lady, as well.
***blush*** Why, thank you very much!
Ann is a good woman. Here, enjoy some music:
To be honest, Santorum is so utterly dull, and offers so little of note when it comes to reforming government, that I wouldn’t even bother writing an article to attack him if I were Ann.
Ann attacks Santorum and Newt to promote Romney.
Had Romney been born to George Reynolds instead of George Romney, he would have been a used car salesman or oriental rug dealer at best.
I square it by saying that the Archbishop of LA does not represent the church, or Catholics as a whole.
LOL! Amen to that
I still have a couple of paragraphs to read of this excellent article, but had to rush back here.
We have our answer. This is our next Reagan. The one we’ve been looking for.
We must pray without ceasing that God will make us worthy to receive this incredible gift of a leader that He’s holding out to us.
We must not let anything or anyone upset us. This is in God’s Hands. “Wait on the Lord, take courage. Be stouthearted and wait on the Lord.” Ps. 27
Whatever happens, I am certain Santorum’s the one.
“many Catholics believe that we have that responsibility as a society”
We do have that obligation as a society to care for the poor. However, the way that society can fulfill it’s obligation is through individual charity.
“unfortunately the members of the Catholic Church are not as a whole so generous.”
Speak for yourself sir.
“Catholics like Pelosi, Kennedy and perhaps Santorum”
Ugh. What a hit piece. Santorum is a faithful Catholic who believes in what the Church teaches. Pelousi and Kennedy rejected what the Church taught.
“feel that they should make society follow the ideals of the Catholic church and care for the poor.”
Nonsense. Santorum does not believe this, and neither does the Church teach it. Pelousi believes in it because she’s Dim!
“Call it what ever you wish but the safety net or welfare has ruined our society.”
I agree, which is why I’m supporting Santorum. Ron Paul’s thugs assaulting Santorum show me exactly who I need to support.
I think she is experiencing menopause and she is freaking out at what is left of her life.
We want a practical man with a good moral core...that's all!... Some one who will concentrate on the practical problems that we have today without going out of his way to promote perversion like Flip-Flopper or OHOMO.
since you’re not Ann, here’s some music.
We do have that obligation as a society to care for the poor. However, the way that society can fulfill its obligation is through individual charity. . . . .
And just where does this responsibility come from? Our Constitution? I think not, we are responsibile to give everyone an equal OPPORTUNITY not outcome.
“unfortunately the members of the Catholic Church are not as a whole so generous.
“Speak for yourself sir.”
I spoke for myself, I give until it hurts, I think we all should but I do not believe we should force anyone who disagrees with us to give against his will for the support of others.
“Nonsense. Santorum does not believe this, and neither does the Church teach it.”
You are wrong on both counts.
The Catholic church teaches that societies who can should support the poor. Santorum and most Republicans believe in a safety net and talk about it all the time. What is the difference between safety net and welfare? Republicans and Democrats simply argue about how much they should steal from one person to give to another. It is all wrong. It sounds nice but you are still stealing from one person and giving his labor or results of it to someone who didn’t earn it.
I believe in welfare only I call it charity. If you are really a Christian then you will do all you can to keep your fellow man from suffering, if you aren’t a Christian you will force someone else to do it for you. Government welfare is the opposite of charity.
One thing Romney knows how to do is lose elections, he did win that one, but they kicked him out with 34% approval, turned the seat over to the Democrats, and the state GOP was gutted and shrunken by the time Mitt left.
In 2008 he broke spending records and got nowhere, the man is unelectable.
Twenty years of running for office, and only ashes and destruction to show for it.
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