Rick Santorum: Extreme on Abortion, Sensible on Ethanol

Jun 15 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Last week, former Republican Pennsylvanian Senator, Rick Santorum, made his long-shot presidential campaign official. Since then he has made some crazy pronouncements regarding abortion and, curious enough,  some sensible arguments regarding our longstanding and flawed public policy towards Ethanol. But let’s start out with Mr. Frothy’s astigmatic views on abortion.

Santorum’s positions on abortion have always been rigid. However, his current views on abortion and attitude towards women make the Sheiks and Mullahs of the Middle East look like feminists.

During an appearance on Meet the Press, the Republican presidential candidate told host Dick Gregory that he would “advocate any doctor that performs an abortion be criminally charged.” Even in the case of incest and rape. Um, what??

MR. GREGORY: One more question on abortion, an issue you care deeply about. I, I want to be clear on this. Do you believe that there should be any legal exceptions for rape or incest when it comes to abortion?

SEN. SANTORUM: I believe that life begins at conception, and that that life should be cut–should be guaranteed under the Constitution. That is a person, in my opinion.

MR. GREGORY: So even in a case of rape or incest, that would be taking a life?

SEN. SANTORUM: That would be taking a life, and, and I believe that, that any doctor who performs an abortion–that–I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so. I don’t–I’ve never supported criminalization of abortion for mothers, but I do for people who perform them. I believe that life is sacred. It’s one of those things in the Declaration of Independence. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and the first is life. And I believe that that life should be protected at the moment it is a human life. And at conception it is biologically human, and it’s alive. It’s a human life, it should be a person under the Constitution.

 Rick Santorum is no stranger to letting  his extreme views on religion get in the way of rational policy in a secular society. Earlier this year he erroneously said that  there exists a large amount of  planned parenthood clinics  in areas with sizable concentrations of minorities.

“Well, look at — and I know they dispute this — certainly a lot of evidence that the location of their clinics happen to be in places, historically places, where there are high concentrations of minorities for example,” ~Sen. Santorum

Okay, so maybe he isn’t going around saying that Paul Revere was warning the colonists of 2nd  amendment rights, sticking behind our North Korean Ally, or that carbon dioxide is a “healthy gas”. But what he is saying is very dangerous and disingenuous. In fact, some people believe that he may actually isolate voters with his  “stunningly maximalist positions on abortion,” says Rosie Gray at ThinkProgress. Everybody knows about his “over-the-top conservatism,” but he’s now staked out a “totally untenable” position that’s even “at odds with the Supreme Court’s most conservative members.”

While his views on abortion clearly demonstrate a five alarm fire going off in his brain, Santorum managed to squeeze out a scintilla of actual knowledge on Ethanol during last nite’s Republican Presidential Debate.

GOP presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have given their support for corn-based ethanol this year. You know, when empty-suits  promise to give farmers up to 45 cents a gallon for urban assault vehicles that gobble up valuable farmland out of food production,  raise consumer prices for grains and meat, and costs almost $6 billion a year. Yeah, that little thing.

Well, Rick Santorum stated his opposition to this policy during the total snooze fest of a presidential debate. Some may take this as as an astute calculation that it’s more important to woo anti-tax and anti-subsidy Tea Party activists than placate farmers. However, Santorum voted against subsidies for the ethanol industry when he represented Pennsylvania as a member of the U.S. House and then the Senate, during a time when there were was no Tea Party. Ah, memories.

So even though Rick Santorum has positioned himself to be a few cards short of a full deck on abortion and pretty much every other issue under the sun, yet he has breathed a  wave of fresh air into our flawed and unnecessarily costly Ethanol policies.

 

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