It’s beyond a cliché to point out the hypocrisy of politicians. But this time, Senator “frothy mix” Santorum has managed to thoroughly and violently blow my mind.
Speaking at CPAC, Santorum said that the provision in Obama’s healthcare law requiring religiously affiliated institutions to provide birth control coverage to their employees is “not about contraception. It’s about economic liberty; it’s about freedom of speech; it’s about freedom of religion. It’s about government control of your lives and it’s got to stop.”
This, coming from the man who believes that the government should have absolute control over the minutia of citizens’ sex lives. The man who thinks that the government should be in the business of dictating what couples (including HETEROSEXUAL MARRIED COUPLES) should and should not be doing in the privacy of their bedrooms. The man who is so bizarrely obsessed with other people’s sex lives that he compared gay sex to “man on dog” and thinks that the state should determine what constitutes an acceptable expression of intimacy between consenting adults.
This shit makes my blood boil. I don’t know whether to scream, weep, or projectile vomit. Thankfully, even for most social conservatives, Santorum’s creepy insistence that sex (again, between consenting adults, even if they are straight and married) needs to be under strict legislative control is a bridge too far. I don’t know a single gun toting, buck hunting, beer drinking American patriot who would welcome Santorum’s intrusion into their relationship with their significant other.
Santorum has also blamed the rape of children by Catholic priests on “academic, political and cultural liberalism”. Um, what? All this time I thought the rape of children by priests was happening because, um, priests were raping children. But apparently it wasn’t their fault – they were “affected by culture”. Yeah, that makes sense. If it weren’t for Ellen and Planned Parenthood and leftist college professors and the welfare state, priests wouldn’t be inexorably compelled to commit unspeakable acts of abuse. See the logic there?
There’s no way that Santorum will be our next president, and it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be the Republican nominee. But the fact that he’s even made it this far in the primaries is highly disturbing. “As conservatives and tea party folks, we are not just wings of the Republican Party,” Santorum said. “We are the Republican Party.” If that’s true (and the adherence of all the candidates to a strict ideological orthodoxy that panders to extreme right wing positions bears this out), the American Taliban has thoroughly infiltrated what used to be a respectable political institution. Bummer.