The death of the GOP

The death of the GOP

By Paul Moomjean 03/29/2012

President Barack Obama is feeling really good right about now. While the economy isn’t where he’d like it to be, gas prices are still outrageous, and the nation’s debt continues to grow, the once beloved symbol of hope and change is looking to have a very smooth re-election. And it is not because he’s doing a great job. He’s still creating massive amounts of debt for the next generation to pay off, he still wants universal healthcare, and he still wants to experiment in solar power. No, what makes Obama a sure thing in November is that while Mitt Romney has done everything he can to be as acceptable as possible, Rick Santorum keeps mucking it up.


I’m a conservative. I believe in conservative values: capitalism, free trade, states’ rights, the death penalty, low taxes, freedom of religion, etc. But when I look at Rick Santorum, who also claims to be a conservative, I want to puke. I want to grab a large brown bag and just let it rip. In fact, my little joke among my friends is that he’s an authentic caricature of a Republican. He’s his own Saturday Night Live spoof of himself. He’s a nightmare.


Over the past few months we’ve heard him say the most inexplicable things. First, back in January, he made an obvious blunder when he told a group of reporters, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” He later went onto Fox News to state that it was a blurred comment. Was he talking about the “blah” people?


In February, he decided that enemy numero uno was Satan: “Satan has his sights on the United States of America! Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.” That’s right. The Devil. He wants to attack the Devil. Now, how does he plan to do this? I’m sure we’ll be invading hell in no time.


The Drudge Report first reported this religious rant, and even reported his critique of evangelical Christians, when he said, “We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles; it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.” And his Catholic Church is the city on a hill referenced in the gospels? I’d keep quiet until all the priests apologize, Mr. Santorum. 

     
During all this, Santorum went on to declare a War on Sex as well. First, he stated back in January that the states should have the right to ban birth control and sodomy. Santorum believes that “[Birth control is] not OK, because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Santorum and his wife claim that he wouldn’t ban birth control, but the fact that he rants and raves against it is problematic, to say the least.


But the cherry on top of his War on Sex is his recent promise to America that he would battle the porn industry. On his website he wrote: “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography.” He went on to explain how he plans to use the Department of Justice to fight this war. So I suppose he plans on creating a committee to sit around all day and watch porn and decide if it should be illegal? If he wants to end unemployment, he could just hire people to do that, I’m sure.


Notice how much of Santorum’s fears are not about debt, terrorism or real issues. That’s not the leadership we need. We need someone who sees the real problems in this country and wants to fix them.


Recently, Santorum said Obama would be preferable to Romney. That’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.


I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mitt Romney, but now, after seeing Santorum make the GOP more laughable than it could have done by itself, I must say the cruelest thing of all to him.


President Obama would be preferable to Rick Santorum.

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