Skip to comments.Campaigning Against the Modern World (longtime PA reporter outlines why Santorum is angry)
Posted on 02/25/2012 7:16:36 AM PST by darrellmaurina
As a journalist who covered Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania for years, I can understand the Tea Partys infatuation with him. Its his anger. It is in perfect synch with the constituency he is wooing.
Even at the height of his political success, when he had a lot to be happy about, Santorum was an angry man. I found it odd. I was used to covering politicians who had good dispositions or were good at pretending they had good dispositions.
Santorum was different...
People who dont know him and just see the angry Rick dont realize what a clever politician Santorum is. He didnt rise to become a Washington insider through the power of prayer. He may say the Rosary, but he knows his Machiavelli.
That said, Santorums anger is not an act. It is genuine. It has its roots in the fact that he had the misfortune to be born in the second half of the 20th century. In his view, it was an era when moral relativism and anti-religious feeling held sway, where traditional values were ignored or mocked, where heretics ruled civic and political life. If anything, its gotten worse in the 21st, with the election of Barack Obama...
(Excerpt) Read more at campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com ...
Again, this is a perfect example of something meant as a “hit piece” against Rick Santorum that actually does a good job of showing how conservative he is, and how much his conservative Catholicism has in common with what we’re used to in the conservative Protestant “Religious Right” movement.
Reading these criticisms of Santorum’s comments sounds like reading criticism of an Italian version of Jerry Falwell... and I mean that as a compliment, not a crticism.
I’m angry too. What America loving patriot isn’t?
Angry? hell yes. I'm angry about pretty much the same things. Any decent American would be.
It seems that this idiot is confusing passion with anger.
I wasn’t sure this was going to be a hit piece until I hit “He sees the president as an exemplar of mushy, feel-good Christianity that emphasizes tolerance over rectitude, and the love of Jesus over the wrath of God.”
I don’t ever remember Obama talking about Jesus.
Well, Ron Paul is also at war with the modern world, only not at the sexual mores, but at the profligacy of the government. He used to be called a crank. Dont know if his proposed resolutions work but his criticisms have been right on for at least 25 years. Thats when he jumped off the Republican train for awhile. I think this is when he realized the Reagan had begun to lose his grip. Even King David got old, you know.
Well, mittens isn’t angry. Øbozo is, but you’ll never hear the driveby media report it.
Campaigning Against the Modern World
A more appropriate description would be “Campaigning Against the Perverse, Amoral, Evil, Ignorant Liberal World.”
I guess you need a new set of Obama presidential knee pads after you wore your old set out writing this lame hit piece....
We all on this side of the fence GET angry when we go over the specifics of the enemy but we are generally not ANGRY as a constant. We are trusting God, content in his will and protection.
On a slightly older issue. If anyone DOES NOT think that Satan is attacking America they are an idiot and lack the mental capacity to truly be called an adult.
These attacks make me like Santorum more.
What intelligent and patriotic American does not feel righteous anger at the bankrupting and destroying of our country by the Obama Administration? What knowledgeable and caring American does not feel righteous anger at the human misery and human suffering caused by Obama and the Democrats?
This is definitely a hot piece and is quite telling who the liberals do NOT WANT the Saboteur of 1600 to face in the election.
These cretins at WSJ are still trying to tell us that Santorum is the Democrat’s dream candidate. All the while the Democrats have been looking out for the GOP’s best interest by educating us on how Mitt Romney - “is the one who has the best chance of beating Obama”.
Isn’t it altruistic for the entire Democrat organization, all their news anchors, all their pundits and all of their high ranking DNC officials - for the entire primary season -to help us out like that. They want to give us a little “edge”.
We must have had their intentions all wrong!
Not even by implication has Santorum hit at the Social Gospelers. When he talks about a false theology, he is talking about a kind of neo-paganism, ,or maybe a syncratic theology which cannot distinguish between normative Christianity of Islam. I have met (Turkish)Muslims who say think that one can be a Muslim and a Christian at the same time. The Cairo Speech is fully of this fuzziness.
He’s not ANGRY...he’s disgusted!! Just like a lot of us who are disgusted with the way this government is run. I notice that’s the new “word”....ANGRY! No, no and no. We the people are DISGUSTED!
sorry, HIT piece - not “hot” piece! I am hopeless.
Obama said Jesus would support his government policies.
Obama: And I think to myself, if Im willing to give something up as somebody whos been extraordinarily blessed and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually thinks thats going to make economic sense.Of course, Obama isn't giving up anything -- he gets all-expenses-paid trips to Hawaii, Europe, Martha's Vineyard, and other places. His family can take ski trip vacations. He doesn't need a dime of money, and he's got millions.
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus teaching that, from to whom much is given, much shall be required.
Ron Paul is an idiot and a fool. There are many great ideas of other men that he espouses but that does not make up for his blame America first, surrender monkey, gay marriage, shrimp subsidy, dead baby, hippie dope head, hate Israel, suck up to Romney, mentality on everything else.
If you are not ANGRY, then you ain’t paying attention (to what is happening to our once great land) through internal rot.
GB, it must be difficult to be for small Government and support the GOP bull-shitte. I’m not saying RP has the answer but he sure seems able to point to the failures of Big Gov.
The socialist frauds in the New York Times wouldn’t print this: Bunk article, The socialist democratic left thinks anyone who’s not GAY is ANGRY.
Let’s not forget, Paul designated Bradley Manning as a patriot and American hero. That’s really all I need to dismiss the man as any serious contender for any office.
Standard debating ploy by liberals - proclaim the opponent's arguments are the product of angry and hence, irrational, and they don't have to be answered, just summarily dismissed (of course, with the proper tone of disdain).
I am saying that Ron Paul is right on many economic issues, and he can be excused for being disappointed by some things that happened during Reagans second Term. No one is president by himself, and more and more, the moderate wing began to assert themselves during this time. As for foreign policy, I neither take his side nor that of the neocons, one reason being that neither comprehends the religious element in our troubles there. Likewise both are indifferent to the social issues, except as they impact on the fiscal ones.
sounds like a WASP who dislikes Italians.
He is mixing up showing passion with anger.
You are quite welcome!
29 posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:00:16 PM by LadyDoc: “sounds like a WASP who dislikes Italians. He is mixing up showing passion with anger.”
As an Italian — ironically, I learned this month in reading Santorum’s bio that my ancestors came from the same region as the Santorums, though several generations earlier — I think that's an interesting approach.
Maybe we Italians should accuse the WASPs of cultural insensitivity to our ethnic preference for hotheadedness?
13 posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:37:49 AM by detective: “These attacks make me like Santorum more. What intelligent and patriotic American does not feel righteous anger at the bankrupting and destroying of our country by the Obama Administration? What knowledgeable and caring American does not feel righteous anger at the human misery and human suffering caused by Obama and the Democrats?”
We can debate whether the right word is “angry,” “disgusted,” “passionate,” or something else, but we have every reason to be upset at what is happening in our country.
In being upset, however, we need to recognize that CommerceComet is right in saying this:
27 posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 11:45:50 AM by CommerceComet: “Standard debating ploy by liberals - proclaim the opponent's arguments are the product of angry and hence, irrational, and they don't have to be answered, just summarily dismissed (of course, with the proper tone of disdain).”
We're seeing the liberal vetting of Rick Santorum right now. The effect, ironically, is that it's causing conservatives to say that Santorum isn't that bad, and often sounds a lot like the rest of us.
If this is the worst the liberals can come up with, I think Santorum will make a good candidate to challenge President Obama.
I know some here disagree, and that's fine. We need the best possible candidate to challenge Obama in the fall, and we should welcome this kind of vetting by the media. We **WILL** see this sort of stuff this fall if Santorum is the nominee.