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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Claire Wolfe

Yes, actually, Santorum IS a moron

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The other day I linked to an article that found one good thing to say about Rick Santorum (he’s strongly opposed to Obamacare and was, at least that day, making repeal a centerpiece of his campaign).

I fear that some took that as an endorsement of Santorum. Never mind that I’d be as likely to endorse Vlad Dracul, Typhoid Mary, or any average inhabitant of an insane asylum.

In fact, speaking of inhabitants of insane asylums … With the entire freaking world coming apart at the seams and the economy headed off yet another, steeper cliff, Santorum has been busy demonstrating his complete and utter irrelevance (and cluelessness). To wit: promising that a crackdown on porn will be a presidential priority and declaring that those pesky Puerto Ricans will just have to learn English if they want to join the states. Because you know, it’s the law. Even if it’s not actually the law. And because, well, all God’s chosen people speak English.

I know. I shouldn’t care. Even the best politician (e.g. Ron Paul) really ought not be … well, a politician, and has no right to rule free people. But isn’t it just the most crazy-amazing thing that, in a year when the president should be easier to knock down than a row of ducks in a carnival shootin’ game, this is the caliber of candidate the R’s come up with? And the R voters swoon for?

My lord, Santorum’s ideas make re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic seem fabulously relevant by comparison.

One part of me says this can’t just be happenstance — that “they” (you know, the secret Establishment) find Obama to be such a useful tool that they’re deliberately fielding the Three Stooges (and one lovely no-hoper) against him. Another part of me says, “This is the way empires fall — they crumble into idiocracies that would be funny if they weren’t so damn tragic.”

25 Responses to “Yes, actually, Santorum IS a moron”

  1. AgoristDon Says:

    I think the right wing of the Republicrat turkey is paying the left wing off, indebted as they are to the left wing of the big bird of prey for running Kerry in 2004 to assure the continuation of the Bush regime.

    Payback, as they say, is a b*tch.

    Santorum truly scares me. He’s the flesh and blood incarnation of Heinlein’s Nehemiah Scudder, from the 1940 story he wrote of the election of a theocratic dictator in the US… occurring in 2012.

    That’s one prediction I really hope he missed.

  2. Claire Says:

    AgoristDon — Been a long time since I’ve read any Heinlein & I had to look that one up:

    http://issuepedia.org/Nehemiah_Scudder

    Sigh. Yup, you said it.

    I really, really do try to avoid seeing everything as a conspiracy. But yes, your theory re Bush-Kerry/Obama-PackofIdiots makes an unfortunate amount of sense.

    I agree, Santorum is seriously scary. A theocrat and a true anti-liberty candidate. And apparently dumber than an entire sack of doorknobs.

  3. Jason Says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the losers (literally) that are leading the Republican race this year. Why are the second — or third — string players the last men standing this year of all years? It’s rare that a sitting president is so vulnerable during their reelection year as Obama is. You’d think the field would be a little more — impressive than it is.

    While I don’t know the answer, one possibility that occurred to me is the financial problems our country faces is so insurmountable that the smarter, more capable ones see they’d just be the captain of a sinking ship. What’s the point in that? They don’t think they can fix it, and have a reasonable chance of being The Guy that’s in charge when the Schumer hits the fan. Not a great place in history.
    So who’s left? Delusionary megalomaniacs (Newt), ones Sent by God (Santorum), and the Inevitable (Romney).

    Or… smart, capable, freedom loving people just generally don’t do well at politics in America these days. Probably more likely.

  4. Claire Says:

    Jason — “While I don’t know the answer, one possibility that occurred to me is the financial problems our country faces is so insurmountable that the smarter, more capable ones see they’d just be the captain of a sinking ship. What’s the point in that? They don’t think they can fix it, and have a reasonable chance of being The Guy that’s in charge when the Schumer hits the fan. Not a great place in history.”

    Unfortunately well said.

    And maybe that’s part of why dying empires end up with third-rate “leaders.”

  5. water lily Says:

    It’s really sickening, isn’t it?

    My mom was involved in Republican politics from the early 60’s to the 80’s, so I grew up with it. The thing is, it was always a dirty business, but this has to be the worst bunch of Republican candidates ever (except for Ron Paul) People are too dumbed-down to even realize it.

    It’s like America knows the ship is going down, but they’re still clinging to it, hoping their end stays afloat long enough for someone to rescue them. But the rescue ships all have holes in them and are sinking, too.

    I think Santorum and Newt are both ringers, only placed there to make Romney acceptable to the “anyone but Romney” Republicans.

    I cannot imagine anyone thinking you liked Santorum. That’s too funny.

  6. Steve Harris Says:

    I almost wish Santorum would be the candidate so he can crash and burn and the Republicans will return to earth. He might be nuts but he is honest about his nuttiness. If Romney is the candidate and loses this group of grumpy old white folk with still be around grumbling that he wasn’t truly conservative and that’s why he lost.

    I refer to the current Tea Party as the 2.0 version.

    The original Tea Party had some room for libertarian types. The current version is moving towards something I find repugnant. Fiscal responsibility means cutting programs they don’t like and shoveling money to things they do. The perpetual war obsession also bothers me. The cynical side in me thinks that all the clamor for war with Iran is an attempt to tank the economy by pushing gas prices through the roof. Rick Sweaters probably believes in this but I think the rest of the GOP leadership knows better but they need a bad economy to win.

    We’re almost all the way to being a police state. Actually, we’re probably past the tipping point and both parties are trying to outdo each other in insane ideas that will also push us into collapse.

    Santorum would make a good Scudder but I hope he never gets a chance to make us a theocracy. The Republicans have gone out of their way to piss off minorities. The latest craziness will alienate young people, women who regard themselves as citizens and not chattels and anybody who has ever heard of Torquemada (and disagrees with him). I’d like to assume the pro-theocracy supported are in the minority.

    Steve

  7. Bulucanagria Says:

    “…or any average inhabitant of an insane asylum.”

    Anyone who’d be an effective president would likely be found there, “for their own protection”.

    The Nehemiah Scudder story was “Revolt in 2100″. Eighty-eight years to go. Sad to say, I can’t discount the story coming true, on time.

  8. Jim Klein Says:

    Nice job, Claire, and wise comments. Santorum’s a nutcase, Gingrich is even worse and the only saving grace about Romney is that he appears not to have a clue what he’s saying or doing. Hardly matters though, since this election won’t have the slightest effect on anything, speaking of the forest and not the trees.

    On the economy, I like the way David Stockman put it…we’re not about to fall off a cliff; we’re about to hit a wall.

  9. EN Says:

    Obama is working hard to regulate the internet through all kinds of totalitarian initiatives (no sense listing them since they are all over this blog) and what do the Republicans counter with? A guy who is NOT against any of those totalitarian initiatives and would love to use these new found powers to control internet content. I’m not a porn guy (and could care less who is) but obviously I use the internet a lot and am not a big Santorum fan and have used the internet to express my opinion on him. Santorum has now stated a preference for content control and I’m supposed to trust that he won’t go further? I have little doubt that porn will NOT be his most pressing internet problem once he takes control. He’s just another asshat with a gun pointed at me.

  10. Ellendra Says:

    “this is the caliber of candidate the R’s come up with? And the R voters swoon for?”

    Careful not to believe what the media claims people want. Every small-r republican I know (and that’s a big number) are looking at the candidates and going “Seriously? Is this what we’re stuck with? This is what we’re supposed to be liking??????”

    I don’t know a single person who actually likes any of the big-R candidates. There are a few I know of who like Ron Paul, but the majority are caught somewhere between “well, this ones seems slightly less scummy” and “burn DC down and start over.”

    Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a powderkeg like this before, but TPTB keep throwing matches at it.

  11. jed Says:

    > People are too dumbed-down to even realize it.

    Cool, now I have a comment I can use to seque to something Kevin Baker just posted, quoting Gerard van Derleun: What the Chinese emperors once did to women’s feet we can now do to human souls and we’re not outsourcing. …

    No, Claire, I tend not to buy into conspiracy theories either, but if you were TPTB in control of the public education system, would you tailor it to really educate those kids, or turn them into … well, what we have for the current general public? Somehow, I have to mention John Taylor Gatto.

  12. Jim Klein Says:

    “Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a powderkeg like this before, but TPTB keep throwing matches at it.”

    Ain’t that the truth! It’s been more than one fireman who’s been caught setting a fire, in order to demonstrate how badly he’s needed.

  13. Samuel Adams Says:

    @jed: I recall years ago either reading something of James Hogan’s or hearing him say it, to the effect that eastern foot binding has nothing on western mind binding. I believe it was in a discussion of education. Now, searching his site, I can’t find it. Drat.

    @AgoristDon: I have begun using the noun “Nehemiah Scudder” as a generic term for American grown theocrat, similar to Elmer Gantry. It works. And as an extra added benefit, I can easily spot spot the RAH fans in the audience.

    Yes, they’re all bloody nut cases, with the possible exception of Ron Paul. What did you expect? The system selects for nut cases.

  14. Jim B. Says:

    Claire already covered that the R party don’t have anyone good because everyone smart enough don’t want to be the one in charge in these times.

    The only real surprising thing is that the R party isn’t pushing Ron Paul. With the economy is these days, nothing major is going to work to fix things, IMHO. What better way to discredit someone and his ideology than to let him captain a sinking ship? Anybody in charge of the collapse is going to likely have his name as an invective. Like his name is Mudd.

    Of course I’m the kind that thinks the “Greatest Generation” is insane. Roosevelt was elected at the start of the Great Depression. They kept electing him in spite of the fact that he didn’t really fix anything to solve the Great Depression. And they gave him 4 terms in office. He needed WWII.

    Think about that.

  15. Laird Says:

    “But isn’t it just the most crazy-amazing thing that, in a year when the president should be easier to knock down than a row of ducks in a carnival shootin’ game, this is the caliber of candidate the R’s come up with?”

    True, but if you think about it, can you name a single prominent Republican who is any better? There might be a couple down in the minor leagues (Rubio? Eric Cantor? Maybe, but the former is too new and the latter too unknown to get the nomination this time around). This problem was apparent four years ago: lots of us were asking then who could run against Obama in 2012, and there was no obvious answer. There still isn’t. Fundamentally, I think the Republican “leadership” (sneer quotes because there are no real leaders among them) is content to be the “loyal opposition”, and doesn’t really want to get back into power because it has no clue what to do if it did.

    As you said, this the way that empires fall. Obama is Caligula; Nero is coming soon.

  16. EN Says:

    Obama is likely going to lose to whomever the Republicans put up against him. In fact that would explain why the quality is so poor. All the more odious financial games our president has played are going to unwind before the election. Of course he’ll do some stop gaps, but that will not satisfy an ever more worried public. A lot of power hungry men with not much going for them other than the desperate desire to be God… and a willingness to do things reputable men wouldn’t think of, feel like this is there chance. They’re dealing with a discouraged and uneducated public, a press corps that may be as clueless as we’ve ever had, and a lazy president who is every bit the same kind of man as I just described on the other side. It’s like the perfect storm of negatives. I don’t run into any Democrats who take Obama all that seriously, and that includes supporters. If you doubt that go find one of the Mocha Messiah’s minions and see how long it takes before they collapse in self doubt? A friend clued me in on this and used a chess analogy. “It’s check mate in five moves of less”. I just met a woman who was at a southern California fund raiser for Obama and she said that his rehashed speeches didn’t fly with anyone in the audience. She remarked at being stunned at how lame it was and yet covered positively on TV since that’s not what she experienced as a member of the audience.

    In the end it won’t matter much. Obama may want our souls for the good of the state, but it’s very obvious that Newt Santorum is also convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can run our lives better than we can. I’m warm and cozy on a snowy Saturday night wondering how many warm and cozy nights are in my future???

  17. Ellendra Says:

    @EN: You have snow????
    (Sorry, it’s 80 here in Wi, and that’s unheard-of in March!)

  18. EN Says:

    It’s unheard of that we would have snow in March. I live in the Mountains/foothills of the Sierras. We get snow about 3 or 4 times a month through Feb and then just rain… or at least that’s normal. I bet our average temps this winter have been in the low 60s. That’s unheard or.

  19. Ellendra Says:

    So, you’re the one who stole our snow, lol!

  20. Gus S. Calabrese Says:

    Yes… Ron Paul is the very best of a bad lot …… A non-planned event can be the equivalent of a conspiracy …. all that is required is like-minded people conducting themselves in a manner consistent enough to produce the event. The U.S. of A seems to me to be the equivalent of a conspiracy….. a conspiracy to ignore morality. 99guspuppet

  21. EN Says:

    “a conspiracy to ignore morality.”

    Maybe a conspiracy to ignore reality is more like it. I’m sure that many see what’s taking place in the world as a planned event but one only has to look at what’s taking place in Greece and the EU overall to see that the plan is failing. They stumble from one error to the next… and it’s started snowing again.

  22. Jim Klein Says:

    EN, it’s not failing. I’ve been trying to explain this to people, because nearly all of us assume that their goals are the same as ours. And of course they aren’t, else they wouldn’t be capable of doing what they’re doing, let alone how they’re doing it.

    They WANT failure; they WANT destruction. It helps their cause.

    I’m not claiming centuries-old conspiracies or anything like that. I’m just saying that everything is going just as TPTB want it to be going. Sure, they SAY the goal is this and that, but the goal is exactly what’s happening. So they lie—this is hardly news.

    People achieve their goals; that’s what volition MEANS. That’s the scary part of all this. Sensible people are waiting for others to wake up, but those others have most things just as they want.

    Sure it won’t last, but that’s logic and logic has nothing to do with anything for them.

  23. EN Says:

    Jim, whether it means anything to “them” or not, isn’t the point. They are failing, and every time they take advantage of that failure only increases the chances of bigger errors. You can only rob the bank for so long before it’s not a bank, and eventually dollars/Euros, Yen, means shit when it goes wrong. George Soros and Ted Turner have these massive retreats set up in Montana. Guess what happens when money means nothing? Will they go to gold? Not likely since at that point gold has little value. How will they pay their staff and will their staff remain loyal? No matter what their plan unless it’s a viable whole they lose in the end.

  24. MG_50 Says:

    “My lord, Santorum’s ideas make re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic seem fabulously relevant by comparison.”

    Cracked me up! Very apropos. Even too much so. Like Rome, the American empire is crumbling from within. Now don’t get me wrong, I have always been pro-America, a veteran, a constitutionalist… at least the “less Supreme Court-massaged” version, a staunch 2nd Amendment supporter, etc. But the scales have tipped too far. With the existing political parties so ideologically polarized that they cannot even pass a budget, the government is fully dysfunctional. Not as if we did not know this, but it is becoming blatantly obvious even to Mr & Ms. Middle America… or should be.

    The comments about nothing changing regardless of who is elected – party or person – are becoming a constant thread, not just here, but in many other blogs and comments I’ve read. Sadly, given the current state of our government’s inability to act effectively, the only hope the US might have would be a dictatorship or other autocratic form of government, and that would no longer be the USA we were born into. My point here is just that the problems are so pervasive that it would take someone (single person or small cohesive group) with absolute power to implement the level and magnitude of changes that might even have a hope of stabilizing our government. Those levels of needed changes are so far beyond the ability of Congress to implement, that it is not even worth discussing. The same goes for pretty much any of the clowns in or vying for top office.

    Theocracy. I started realizing a theocracy was a possible outcome when Pat Robertson ran for president in 1988, and the growing religious conservatism ever since has only reinforced that idea. The growing influence of the mainstream Religious Right, plus the growing religious influence in the Tea Party, plus Santorum showing as much support as he has thus far, all adds up to the potential of a theocracy coming uncomfortably close. I am an old Heinlein fan, and I thought of Nehemiah Scudder back when Robertson ran, again when Santorum’s popularity began rising lately, and any number of times in between. But I did not remember that Heinlein’s character came to power in 2012. That is… disturbing.

    Also sadly, do not count on the freedom of the Internet to keep information freely flowing forever. Oh, we’re alright for now, but the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), the UN body that governs worldwide telecommunications use, frequency allotments, etc., is being pressured by Russia, China, and others to put in place mechanisms to allow better control, censorship, and levying of fees for use of the Internet on the national and international levels (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204792404577229074023195322.html?KEYWORDS=ITU+Internet). BTW, this was a very anti-control-of-the-Internet article, titled “The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom” (WSJ, 2/21/2012); it was effectively a call to arms to protect the freedom of Internet; and it was written by Robert McDowell, a commissioner of the FCC. But I am not aware of ANY of the current candidates or the circus in D.C. having even mentioned this issue. Nor have I seen it in the “popular” press. The Great Unwashed are probably uninformed and unaware, as with so many other issues these days, but they’ll never miss an episode of American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. Good luck to us all. We’ll need it.

  25. ccs Says:

    Actually, Vlad Dracul would be an improvement over today’s politicians. And unlike the vain promises from all political parties, he actually did eliminate poverty in his realm, or at least, all those who claimed to be poor and then showed up for a “free government entitlement.”

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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