If the Republican Primary has taught us anything so far is that the candidates and the party at large still believe that they win elections simply by scaring people into voting for them.
One of the main reasons that Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 was the idea that his campaign was about hope for the future and putting the country back on track while McCain's campaign was about scaring people about what would happen if they did not vote for him.
The Republican Party has long ran on this mode but they have ramped it up since 9/11 and are going full bore this year.
One candidate has apparently decided to play his full hand at scaring people and that is Rick Santorum. The man has a horrible vision for America if they do not vote for him. He has apparently decided that if Americans vote for anyone other than him than the United States is headed for a fate worse than death. Hardly a day goes by without some outrageous quote coming from him mouth.
He routinely puts the full blame on Obama, naturally. He even questions the President's religious views (mostly because he does not believe that Obama's beliefs are Santorum's) and if he were questioning Obama's views as simply being different than his he may have a pretty good point but Santorum question's whether Obama is even a Christian. We do have something in the country that we like to call Religious freedom. Santorum apparently only believes that it applies to who he considers to be Christian if he thinks that his beliefs of Obama's faith should disqualify him from being president.
Yet that is not even the worst that Mr. Santorum has said in the last few days about America.
Just this past week he said that if Obama were reelected president that the United States would lose it's "very essence".
When he was asked to clarify his statement he responded with this very odd and vague statement:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That idea that we are free people and that government is limited to protect those rights -- that's what the Constitution is there for, to protect those rights."
In attempting to clarify his statements even further (which he did not) he took a very strange swipe at the French, after all everyone loves to hate the French.
Let us go ahead and skip past Santorum's noted ignorance of American history in his statement where he combines the first part of the Declaration of Indenpendence and parts of the Constitution and just called the whole thing as part of the Constitution. Let us instead focus on his assistance that the Constitution is there to protect our rights but never actually says what rights Obama is not protecting or ignoring right now. Since Santorum brought up the Constition and protecting rights let us take a look at his record as a Congressman. He voted for Defense of Marriage Act which took rights away from gays and lesbians. He voted for the creation of Homeland Security which allows the government to spy on Americans.
While I was reading the above article for this blog I noticed a rather striking comment made by Mr. Santorum and his complaints about the media not doing what he wants them to do.
"They are trying to spin a narrative. They don't want talk about Obama's record of jobs. They don't want to talk about what he's doing to destroy the fiscal condition of this country. They don't want to talk about his record of destroying every alliance we have in the world, while at the same time trying to appease every enemy in the world."
I am going to break down this long quote into bullet points in order to answer Mr. Santorum:
"They don't want to talk about Obama's record of jobs." - That actually should please Mr. Santorum because if the media actually talked about Obama's job record it would that much harder for Santorum or any Republican to beat Obama. In the last year alone job creation has gone up every month. Obama has already created more jobs in four years than his predecessor did in eight.
"They don't want to talk about what he's doing to destroy the fiscal condition of this country." - this statement is rather vague as Santorum does not elaborate on what he actually means. If left alone over the next decade the debt this country currently has will be almost completely wiped out. If Republicans get their way and repeal Obama's very Republican Health Care Law it will cost the United States money.
"They don't want to talk about his record of destroying every alliance we have in the world, while at the same time trying to appease every enemy in the world." - This is just a straight out lie but since Santorum is supposedly such a Godly man I guess it's okay for him to lie. Our allies are more supportive of our foreign policy than they ever were under Obama's predecessor. Republicans are very vague on their meaning when they talk about appeasement. They have to be because remember they are just trying to scare people into voting for them.
That is the key for the Republican Party this election cycle try to scare people into submission and voting for them while at the same time being very vague about those reasons.
I question Santorum's true religious beliefs. He often quotes the Bible and points to his faith but in my eyes he is not a Godly man because he just can not tell the truth to save his life. He makes up issues to blame on Obama or anyone not like him. I question anyone's faith that continuously and knowingly lie. Do I think his faith disqualifies him for the office of the President? No, but his lying certainly does not help.
Just as an aside I had to chuckle this week when Republicans went apocalyptic over rising gas prices this week. Remember this special brand of Republican will take any and all opportunities to blame Obama. As it was noted here several months ago by a poster who is either a Republican or Libertarian speculators are the chief cause of rising gas prices and that is why he predicted when Obama opened up the nation's emergency reserve to lower gas prices why it would not work.