Skip to comments.Rick Santorum is tired of you people wanting the government to leave you alone…
Posted on 01/19/2012 9:18:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
I mean, really. How dare you peasants tell the government what to do? How dare you tell them to stay out of your lives? Santorum 2012!
(VIDEO AT LINK)
"One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right.
They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldnt get involved in the bedroom, we shouldnt get involved in cultural issues.
That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that Im aware of, where weve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.
- Rick Santorum
First off, the phrase radical individualism is something I expect to hear from a Saudi imam. Hell, I wouldnt be too surprised to hear it from leftists in this country. When I hear it from a Republican candidate for president, I sit blinking for a couple of minutes and then curl up in a ball under my desk, crying softly.
Secondly, I have to wonder: is Santorum insane, or even more out of touch with his base than any of the other candidates? This guy has the balls to whine about people wanting the government to leave them alone? Um, Ricky, Im pretty sure the top issue for most conservatives is government overreach. Theres this thing called ObamaCare. Heard of it?
However, the true Emmy award winner of this piece is when he disputes the notion that government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low. Youre absolutely right, bud. I hope you get up on a podium tonight and deliver, in that notoriously whiny timbre of yours, admonishment to all those non-traditional conservatives who wont shut up about lower taxes and less regulation. See how that flies in South Carolina. Rick Santorum is a statist theocrat. Ive said it before, and been challenged on it. I consider this quote to be a follow up to this endlessly disturbing piece from nine years ago. Rick Santorums agenda involves using government power to enforce his morality on the American people, based not on political or constitutional ideals, but on his religious views. He is as far removed from the Tea Party, and the concept of small-government conservatism, as Barack Obama.
But lucky us! We can also choose from a socialist who provided the blueprint for ObamaCare, a serial cheater and liar with an ego the size of Neptune, or an isolationist crank who wouldnt have stopped the Holocaust if it were occurring in present day. Johnnie Walker is my co-pilot.
It doesn't matter which church you belong to. "By their fruits, shall ye know them".
And I've seen plenty of untruthful, hateful, controlling fruit tonight.
So you think it’s ok to push dope on kids, and break into cars to feed your habit?
Cause, I know dope dealers who did both. They weren’t sorry for the harm they did to other people until they got caught.
And I haven’t even gotten started yet. :D
I’m really not a fan of pushers and their enablers.
You’d better get your holy spirit recharged then. You’re drained...
Even insane people aren't (obviously). But states make laws about that, and it's not a federal issue.
Pushing dope on kids and breaking into cars is ALREADY unlawful at the state level.
And the Federal government has no enumerated power to control it, except, perhaps, at borders.
How do you feel about federal government over-reach?
I’m pissed off as hell at O-Care being crammed down my throat.
They can put me in jail. I ain’t paying for someone else’s abortions.
Apparently the mirrors in your life are broken.
A known atheist appeared on this thread tonight. Who witnessed to him?
Who actually spoke to him of God's love?
Who got at least a minimal positive response from the atheist?
You go be right in your own eyes all you want.
I have things to do.
Just fabulous. Thank you for writing it.
Imagine how different my opinion would be if it really were a ‘victimless crime’.
Or if they just left me alone.
But that’s not how it works, unfortunately.
Have a good night.
So incredibly full of $hit.
A number of “conservative” GOP figures say there’s a sliver of law in Obamacare they want to keep. Highly doubtful if the “expungement” that big-gummit Santorum has in mind is different from this.
Funny such wildings were virtually unheard of back when you could get a dram of morphine at your pharmacy just by asking for it.
You didn't address your question to me but I will answer it. Show me where in the constitution the government has the right to ban pot smoking? It isn't there. The right to smoke however is in there. It comes under the heading of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Until about the turn of the 20th century people in America had no drug laws shoved down their throats, the drug addiction rate was no higher than it is now and religion seemed to have a far bigger following than it does now.
BTW, before you make some snarky remark, I don't smoke pot or do drugs, in fact I very seldom drink alcohol, but I stand by the right of the individual to do so if they so choose. The government has no right to keep anyone from it.
All the war on drugs has gotten us is a huge loss of freedom and, lately, a sh** load of dead dogs and sometimes innocent people killed in botched raids.
States have the right to limit or not limit drug use. It is not as Federal matter according to the US Constitution.
So now you've dropped the futile effort to support Santorum's stupid comments? Smart move.
Glad you agree there's a laundry list of reasons not to support him--welcome to sanity!
So now you've dropped the futile effort to support Santorum's stupid comments? Smart move.
Glad you agree there's a laundry list of reasons not to support him--welcome to sanity! ;)
Interesting how you can't defend Santorum in these points, so you just attack Newt. 1. That's called dodging--"Well, this person might have cheated/stolen/whatever, but so did THAT person!" It doesn't change the facts. 2. You assume I support Newt, which I don't, so it's rather pointless.
But your maneuver sure shows what an awful 'conservative" Santorum is, and some of the reasons why I won't support him.
Actually, theres no evidence for Santorums involvement....
Consider the sources, but look at Santorum’s own responses.
Santorum has made his post-Senate career doing the sort of quasi-lobbying that helped sink Newt Gingrichs campaign in Iowa. But in fact, while still in office, he was a central actor in an even more sordid venture: The K Street Project. Started in 1989 by GOP strategist Grover Norquist and brought to prominence by former House majority leader Tom DeLay in 1995, the K Street Project was a highly organized effort to funnel Republican Congressional staffers into jobs at lobbying firms, trade organizations, and corporations, while attempting to block Democrats from those same posts. From 2001 until 2006, Santorum was the Projects point man for the Senate, while House Majority Whip Roy Blunt manned the House side.
In 2006, the K Street Project was effectively forced to shut down amid public outcry; the following year, an ethics reform law made such outfits illegal. But in its heyday, it helped create an unprecedented revolving door between the White House, Congress and K Street, blurring distinctions between Republican policy and corporate welfare. As Elizabeth Drew put it in a 2005 New York Review of Books piece, Democratic lobbyists have been pushed out of their jobs as a result; business associations who hire Democrats for prominent positions have been subject to retribution. They are told that they wont be able to see the people on Capitol Hill they want to see. Nicholas Confessore, in a groundbreaking 2003 Washington Monthly expose of the Project, detailed the goal bluntly: First, move the party to K Street. Then move the government there, too.
At the center of all this was Santorum. According to Confessore, Santorum conducted weekly breakfasts with lobbyists, and occasionally Congressmen and White House staff, during which he attempted to match Republican Hill staffers with K Street job openings. As Confessore put it, Every week, the lobbyists present pass around a list of the jobs available and discuss whom to support. Santorum’s responsibility is to make sure each one is filled by a loyal Republicana Senator’s chief of staff, for instance, or a top White House aide, or another lobbyist whose reliability has been demonstrated. The group refused to meet with Democrats, and threatened sanctions against lobbies that did.
Revolving door tactics, until then de facto lobbying policy, were formalized and transformed into a pay to play system by the K Street Project. In 2003, after the top post at The Motion Picture Association of America went to a Democrat instead of a Republican, House Republicans reneged on an impending tax break, hitting the movie industry with a $1.5 billion bill. After the Democrat was chosen, Roll Call reported that Santorum has begun discussing what the consequences are for the movie industry. (Santorum, though he often denies his involvement in the K Street Project, more or less confirmed his involvement in the MPAA flap.) Later that year, the Washington Post revealed that the House Financial Services Committee pressured a consortium of mutual funds to oust a top lobbyist who was a Democrat in exchange for relaxing a pending investigation. After the smoke cleared, she was replaced by a Republican.
Whether the K Street Project was truly successful is up for debate. Confessore and Drews reports portray intimidated and marginalized Democratic lobbyists. According to a 2003 Washington Post story, a Republican National Committee official boasted that 33 of 36 top lobbying jobs had recently gone to Republicans. Former lobbyist Patrick Griffin, now an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University, told me that the project embodied the brazen crudeness of DeLayism, but also suggested that most lobbying firms and corporations were not stupid enough to purge Democratic staff and risk alienating much of the Hill.
Norquist asked lobbyists for help completing the profiles during a private meeting in June 2002, according to a report that year from the Post. Santorum, who was serving as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, hosted the gathering, the article said.
The previous year, Santorum had started holding twice-monthly conferences with handpicked lobbyists and GOP officials to review job openings in the lobbying world. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted the former senator referring to those discussions as the K Street meetings.
Former GOP congressman and lobbyist Rod Chandler explained to Washington Monthly how the gatherings worked. The underlying theme was [to] place Republicans in key positions on K Street, he said. Everybody taking part was a Republican and understood that that was the purpose of what we were doing.
Santorum acknowledged his involvement with the routine lobbyist meetings, and even admitted to holding conferences with Senate Republicans to discuss the appointment of Democrat Dan Glickman as head of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Yeah we had a meeting, and yeah, we talked about making sure that we have fair representation on K Street, he told Roll Call in 2004. I admit that I pay attention to who is hiring, and I think its important for leadership to pay attention.
Santorum also used the term K Street Project at one point to describe his job-placement discussions. The K Street Project is purely to make sure we have qualified applicants for positions that are in town, he told the Post-Gazette in 2005. From my perspective, its a good government thing.
The former senator later said he had thought of the term as a generic reference that could include his outreach efforts, suggesting he believed Norquists initiative was separate from his own.
The Senate ethics committee issued a letter in 2002 warning lawmakers not to use the lobbyist dossiers to block people from government access or jobs based on party affiliation, which would violate Senate rules.
Santorum ended his routine lobbyist meetings in early 2006, as the Abramoff scandal sparked public contempt for coziness between lobbyists and politicians, and after Democrats targeted the Pennsylvania senator for a takedown in the upcoming election they succeeded.
Santorum defended his lobbyist meetings during an interview with the Post-Gazette, saying they involved no pressure to put Republicans in those roles, period no pressure. He added, I absolutely abhor that.
As for Norquist, he readily admitted to working on the K Street Project, and even tried to trademark the name. The conservative activist described his program as an effort aimed at companies and trade associations who are blithely unaware that they are being represented by former aides who passed the laws that are now bankrupting them, the Post reported.
Norquist told the Post-Gazette in 2006 that he attended one of Santorums meetings to explain the K Street Project to lobbyists, but he said the former senator never helped in creating the dossiers.
Santorums campaign did not respond to questions for this column.
THE PINOCCHIO TEST We cant prove definitively whether or not Santorum collaborated on the K Street Project. He did and he did not, depending on how you define the initiative.
No one has established that the surging GOP candidate threatened to limit government access for Democrats, but we know that he took steps to improve the odds of a strong Republican presence in the lobbying game.
Still, Santorums remarks about Norquist dont match the facts. Norquist himself acknowledged that he attended at least one meeting with the former senator to discuss the K Street Program. Santorum earns two Pinocchios for denying his connection with the lobbyist initiative and one of its primary leaders.
If any of the guys running now wins the presidential election, the ruling class will be happy.