Skip to comments.Rick Santorum in Iowa: The Term ‘Middle Class’ is ‘Marxism Talk’
Posted on 08/14/2013 6:07:21 PM PDT by yongin
Is there such thing as class in America? Not if you ask Rick Santorum. The once and possibly future GOP presidential candidate spoke to a Republican gathering in Lyon County, Iowa late last week and shared this piece of advice with his party: Dont use the term the other side uses. That includes the middle class.
Santorum proceeded to tear into President Obama for constantly invoking the term middle class in his speeches about the economy. Since when in America do we have classes? Santorum asked. Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? Thats Marxism talk.
He said that every time Republicans used the term middle class they are buying into Democrats rhetoric of dividing America. Instead, Santorum insisted theres no class in America and its a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
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Although pundits and polls don’t consider Santorum is be a strong contender for 2016 now, he does have the potential to be a Dark Horse candidate. If the GOPe continued its push to be gay friendly and push aside social conservatives, they may rally around Santorum once again to send a message.
As Mark Levin has pointed out.
Classes traditionally are binding. They shackle individuals via heredity into lifelong, unchanging economic standing. India has classes. Britain has classes.
The USA was specifically set up as a nation without classes. ANYONE can make it. That is what the Founders envisioned, but today it is perverted. Class Warfare to the max under the community organizer food stamp president.
Perhaps he wants to use “union class”, or the “right-wing fringe” as he used to label Reagan supporters.
I don’t dislike him but I hope it never comes to having to choose between him and somebody else.
“Sweater Vest” ping.
Good job Rick on recognizing that rhetorical trick!
There are two classes in the USA; the makers and the takers. Regrettably, the takers have us outnumbered.
Another way of saying it is we all belong to a tea party; the TEA Party or the TIT-TEA Party.
I thought that Santorum was the best of the candidates who were in the running last time around. And evidently Romney and the press thought so too, since they never ceased bashing him. He was ahead of Newt Gingrich, who steadily ran third, and only stayed in the race until Santorum was eliminated.
I think Sarah Palin is a much stronger candidate, but I’d settle for Rick. He is a conservative with genuine moral principles, which you can’t say about many of them.
Santorum proceeded to tear into President Obama for constantly invoking the term middle class in his speeches about the economy.
If there is a middle class in the United States Obama is working diligently to destroy it.
Technically he’s right, the term was coined by the commies as a perjorative of the proles that lie somewhere in the middle of the statistical distribution of income, personal worth, education etc.
Why should I have to listen to million (and billion) dollar marxists (who already owe millions in unpaid back taxes) bitch about how the poor (lower class) shouldn’t have to pay ANY taxes, should get “tax refunds” when they don’t pay any taxes, and conveniently ignore that they want tax hikes on the middle class and significantly lower “upper class” who are nearing retirement and have no pension.
I prefer "free markets" or "free trade," although the former is incomprehensible to Democrats, and the latter connotes foreign trade.
So... I'd like to see us use "free exchange" or "fair exchange." With the latter, we get to steal a word from the Left.
I didn’t much care for him in the beginning but really grew to like him. He really brought the right message to Michigan about direct job creation through elimination of the tax on manufacturing and regulatory cuts. Anyone who has ever spent time in a factory knew exactly what he was talking about.
Santorum has said nothing I disagree with in this article.
Where does he stand on immigration?
Where does he stand on Boehner/Mcconnell doing nothing while Obama legislates?
How about tax cuts for all taxpayers, does he support?
Punishing the IRS?? Yes/No?
Real cuts to govt agencies, does he support?
Those are questions I want any GOP presidential wannabe to answer... clear direct answers.
Sinclair Lewis once said there are those high class who buy book with their money no matter how little they have, and those who buy beer and icecream no matter how much they have. Guess where we see Obozo and Michelobs all the time around?
Clinton is white trash, Bozo is ghetto.
In this he is correct. Never fall prey to the Progressives arguments by accepting ANY of their premises as a stating point.
It’s not just the leftist dems, the GOPe is waging class warfare on the working class.
I’ll say! What with the bank bailouts, crony capitalism, and the fed propping up the markets the takers have pretty well robbed us blind.
Apparntly someone in the Santorum camp neglected to tell him that we’re all living in a Marxist Republic now.
The lines around the block for toilet paper should have been the give-away.
Really don’t think claiming there’s no middle class is a winning position. In fact, it opens him up for all kinds of attacks from people who say the Republicans want to destroy the middle class.
Yes, the Democratic policies ARE what is actually destroying the middle class. However, most people believe they are middle class (whether they are or not)—no matter how much Goobermint $$ they take.
Just as in the last two elections, the MSM will manuever the GOP into picking someone who is programmed to lose. McCain certainly fit the bill in 2008. I thought Romney would have done better in ‘08, but his ‘12 performance put that notion to rest. In both cases, the campaigns pulled too many punches. In contrast, the Libs NEVER pull their punches.
You must be from a parallel universe.
You think? In the weeks going in to the point where Romney sewed it up, the race had Romney in first place, Santorum in second, and Newt in third.
Wouldn't it be nice this time if there was just one truly conservative candidate who could trounce all his/her RINO opponents who split the RINO vote amongst themselves?
Of course we will get the same nonsense as we got the last couple of times: just as many wingnut conservatives going against compromised RINOs.
In the end it will be one RINO vs. one wingnut and the RINO will end up as our candidate.
There are many definitions of “class.” What I would mean by “middle class” is not at all what Obama seems to mean; neither of us means what a 19th Century intellectual would have meant. What 18th Century American patriots would have meant is different from all three.
The GOPe might find him useful in splitting enough of the conservative primary vote to get Jeb or similar in as the designated loser for 2016. Assuming Santorum somehow became the nominee...hello Hillary (or worse). The guy just can’t seem to appeal much beyond the very religious Christian segment of the electorate. I think he’s too easy to paint as a “Bible thumping zealot” to get enough independent voters, even if the GOP rallied behind him. The Obamedia would eat him for breakfast. Not saying it’s right, but you know it’s what they will do.
Class Warfare is based on envy. A more accurate term is Class Envy.
BTW, just what does the Bible have to say about those who envy others?
He’s actually right, but this is the kind of “wonk-speak” that will go over most people’s heads.
Santorum would lose 48 states.