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Jim Hightower
Otherwords / Op-Ed
Published: Monday 20 February 2012
“For him, the right to privacy doesn’t exist.”

Inside Rick Santorum’s Head

Rick Santorum is the latest darling of the most extreme of the GOP's extremist voters. Here's just an earful of this guy's moral piety.

Let's start where it all starts for us humans: conception. Not only does Santorum insist that life begins at the instant that a sperm contacts an egg, he also wants to preserve the sanctity of sperm itself by outlawing birth control. Yes, every sperm counts. Last October, he warned about "the dangers of contraception in this country…It's not OK. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

Indeed, Ayatollah Rick is a bit obsessed with what you might be doing in your bedroom. The Supreme Court, he asserts, was wrong to rule that we have a right to consensual sex in our homes. "Then you have the right to bigamy," he wails, "the right to polygamy…to incest…adultery…the right to anything." Then comes his punch line: "This right to privacy doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution."

In a January interview on CNN, the sanctimonious Santorum offered another startling insight into his moral code. When asked what he'd say to his daughter if she had been raped, was pregnant, and was crying for an abortion, he actually said, "the right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape…gift of life and accept what God is giving you." He added that his daughter — and presumably yours, too — ought to "make the best out of a bad situation."

So much Rick, so little time. I haven't even gotten to global warming ("no such thing," he says), or his endorsement of the Crusades as being about "core American values," or his comparison of homosexuality to "man-on-dog" sex. But, with the national spotlight now on Santorum, we can count on many more Rickisms to enlighten us.



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ABOUT Jim Hightower
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

If you follow Santorum's

If you follow Santorum's thinking to its logical conclusion, you can surmise that he would want a constitutional amendment that eliminates that pesky Establishment Clause and makes the Roman Catholic Church the official state religion of the United States. You could put a Catholic Cardinal in the Department of Justice to prosecute people for crimes of "sexual immorality."

So, apparently purchasing

So, apparently purchasing Viagra would be a criminal offense.

Rick seems unable to

Rick seems unable to generate any ideas of his own, instead espousing some 1950s catholic rhetoric as though it might really be relevant today. What up Rick?

Seems to me that, if we

Seems to me that, if we follow Sanctimonious' reasoning, the very process of invitro fertilization would be contrary to God's will. Interfering in God's business should certainly be outlawed, no?

Every single day, God flushes fertilized eggs out of women's bodies in the natural course of menstruation. Those zygotes could not or would not have survived and are disposed of in spontaneous abortion. Does Sanctimonious propose that we interfere in that process as well?

Perhaps we should ask

Perhaps we should ask Santorum if he ever had sex for the pleasure of it? Or if every sexual encounter he has had with his wife (or anyone else, before or after marriage) was for the sole purpose of procreation?

Thanks for the correction,

Thanks for the correction, which was needed, and clarification of RS's and (I think) your position concerning human zygotes (fertilized eggs). I don't subscribe to the idea that they're sacred, that oral contraceptives are bad, or that preventing implantation is morally wrong. Although I think RS is entitled to speak and campaign along these lines, and hope that he does, I think his efforts to divide us on the basis of private sexual behavior is demagoguery.

It has been proposed that the

It has been proposed that the difference between mankind and the animals is that we possess souls.

Yet the Santorum discussion is about the science of birth; applicable to many of the Earth’s creatures.

The question of faith to be answered is, “When does the soul join with the body?”

Why not at the moment of live birth?

Otherwise, where would all the souls go from the many occurrences of non-birth?

What would Santorum say?

Altho belief in the soul is

Altho belief in the soul is universal in all cultures I know of (with the exception of a minute minority of individuals), there's not a femtogram of evidence to support this belief -- which is a tragic longing for immortality by a species that is all too aware of the inevitability of death.

You may be correct, but

You may be correct, but believers would differ. The same can be said about Santorum's beliefs. Are his belief's science?

He is clearly not a scientist so why is he encouraged to pontificate about science?

And why is he not asked about the soul? Presumably he is an expert on religion.

His beliefs certainly belong in that realm!

"Inside Rick Santorum's Head"

"Inside Rick Santorum's Head" is like being in the vast emptiness/darkness of outer space where a dark hole sucks in all light .

Sanctimonious Santorum donated 2% of his income last year to charity while Obama donated 13+% to charity. Right-wing Rick is so Kristian, especially for questioning Obama's Christianity -- Santorum's GOD is money, and he worships at the altar of GREED and Selfishness.
(His $1,200,000.00+ Virginia house has a heated in-ground swimming pool for baptismal purposes.)

Sanctimonious Santorum preaches social and economic advantage for the rich and privileged, NOT social and economic justice for the poor and disenfranchised because his hero Jeezuz did the same.

Santorum preaches against the intrusive jackboot of government authority being on the neck of the average person, but he wants to have the police in everyone's bedroom making sure they don't engage in sex for fun. Right-wing Rick wants to establish a theocracy where the Vagina Police prevent women from using birth control and having abortions.

Santorum thinks fetuses freely choose their sexuality in the womb -- homosexuals and transgender individuals aren't born that way, according to him and his ilk. He would legalize their killing.

Santorum doesn't like science and doesn't believe in evolution (because he hasn't evolved). He would outlaw the teaching of these subjects in schools and have all books burned that contain these materials.

Sanctimonious Santorum is a real Kristian who wants to outlaw birth control and abortion because he hypocritically claims to be "pro-life" but has no objections to capital punishment or war - he's anti-choice, like all authoritarian, reptilian brain-dominant, dictatorial, ultraconservative, tyrannical NeoNazi rethugs and teabaggers are, and they like to dictate to others what they can't do.

Jeffrey, if we want to

Jeffrey, if we want to restore civil discourse and respect for each other we should not engage in the hateful name calling we so dispise in the right. Rick and teabaggers are many things, but they are not reptilian NeoNazis.

Although conservatism is

Although conservatism is associated with an increase in brain activity associated with the amygdala...or "reptilian brain" as it is sometimes called in reference to the very ancient period this region is believed to have evolved during.
In fact recent developments in brain imagery have discovered that the amygdala is much larger in people who describe themselves as "conservative", while an area above it thought to be involved in the suppression of socially inappropriate behaviors generated by the amygdala (fear of strangers, "fight or flight" reflexes, sexual displays of dominance in social situations, etc) is larger in self-reported "liberals". This area (the anterior cingulate) was likely a key development allowing greater socialization among our distant ancestors that then led to massive increase in brain capacity necessary to support the use of language and complex tasks requiring cooperation and foresight. IOW the trigger leading to mankind.

Northwind1 - Great response!

Northwind1 - Great response!

Here's a joke: How many Rick

Here's a joke: How many Rick Santorum's does it take to change a lightbulb? None. If the bulb burnt out, it was God's will. And we certainly shouldn't do anything about it.

More to the point: electric

More to the point: electric lighting is in itself contrary to the will of God. According to Genesis, Ch.1, God created the sun to give us light during the day and the moon to give us light at night. If he had wanted us the have lightbulbs, he would have created lightbulbs!

The ticket for the repug

The ticket for the repug party this year will be Santorum/Torquemada.

Don't forget to google

Don't forget to google santorum

Just let Rick talk as long as

Just let Rick talk as long as he can. The more he talks the more educated the society becomes. Liars always have to remember what they say. Pretty soon their soul becomes so full of sin that insanity results. Unfortunately some people will believe the lies but it is a small price to pay for his freedom of speech. Of course I don't consider lying as freedom of speech. I consider it criminal behavior but thats just me. Others consider it freedom of speech.

Terrible article! There is

Terrible article! There is nothing in anything Rick Santorum ever said about sperm being sacred. Viable zygotes are sacred. Oral contraceptives are bad because viable zygotes are flushed down the toilet...they cannot attach to the uterine wall. If you want to have a public debate, at least be accurate about what you say.

The belief that life is

The belief that life is sacred, and is present in a fertilized cell regardless of its development, brings up the question of why God himself apparently chooses to disallow many, many fertilized zygotes to attach to the lining of the womb where fetal development can proceed. That He does this to cells that are in all respects healthy and normal should bring serious doubt on the suggestion that a soul or distinct person somehow appears simply because a sperms genetic complement now appears within the same cell wall as another persons contribution.

Thanks for clearing that up.

Thanks for clearing that up. Sperm are not "sacred", but "zygotes" are. Yes that is much more, er, accurate.

Following this logic, all

Following this logic, all women capable of conceiving a child should come under the continuous supervision of the State to be sure that they are not taking any medication, drugs, or alcohol, as they might become pregnant, as a gift from their rapist or incestuous relative, and cause harm to the "fetus." This might require incarceration. They ought, equally reasonably, all to be married, as we do not want children born out of wedlock or into a home without two heterosexual parents. We also ought to insist on a Christian burial, after baptism, of any fertilized eggs or fetuses who do not make it to birth. Otherwise, all of them are condemned to Hell as they were conceived in Sin. It's just a matter of cleaning up our messes, the unwanted Gifts, and taking care of their Immortal Souls. This is just A Modest Proposal, following in the spirit of Swift. What's really scary is that we are not hearing any alarms from Republicans or their upper-echelon handlers about such obvious nonsense, such as we hear about Ron Paul and heard about Newt Gingrich. Is someone going to actually shoot this down, or will we hear equivocation about "freedom of religion" and considering all points of view, etc? I hope, for once, the left, Democrats, progressives can get their act together and produce an effective response that the average person can understand - i.e., sound bites - to make the bizarre features of this obvious. But I bet we're going to hear more equivocation and calls for "tolerance," or learned treatises that the average person does not "get."

Solve this problem if we make

Solve this problem if we make every sperm sacred.... which would mean that every damn one of them has a right to fertilize an egg.... and if any are wasted by masturbation, recreational sex, sex after the wife has passed child bearing age??? that means that we make Viagra Illegal.... and we need to END MALE SEX SUBSIDIES!!! Ready? I suggest we get someone, a woman perhaps, to submit a bill that ends male sex subsidies and makes Viagra Illegal!... And when we have hearings on this...men will NOT BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK...they are no qualified to speak about sperm....

What is wrong with a society

What is wrong with a society which continues to create people like George Bush, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? Why are so many neo-Nazis coming out of the woodwork? Why are so many of our entertainments obsessed with sex and violence? Why are there so damn many commercials on commercial-free public television? Why do you have to fly to the Netherlands to see a news program explaining American politics?Answer those questions and you have the reason it's important to keep your passport handy.

I was a sperm once. I felt

I was a sperm once. I felt sacred. Now I just feel dirty.

Rick reminds us all of the

Rick reminds us all of the answer to the question, what's the difference between genius and stupidity. The answer: Genius has limits.

Wonderful! Unfortunately

Wonderful! Unfortunately stupidity seems to attract a huge following! Nodding the head is easier than reasoning with it.

Let's see if I have this

Let's see if I have this right......... Say a married couple goes to a fertility clinic because they have trouble initiating god's gift to them. Part of the procedure is to stimulate the production of multiple eggs, harvest those for later use, often pre-fertilized, and store them in the super cold for later "use". Suppose they end up storing say 50 eggs. Does rick santorum mean to tell us that, accordingly to what god is telling him, this woman is now obliged to bring every single one of god's little angels to fruition? All 50? What the hell has happened to this country that in the year 2012, someone as f*#@ing deranged as rick santorum can be the leading candidate for a major party's nomination to be the president? In Oklahoma, they are trying to pass a law that requires a woman to submit to a vaginal ultra-sound prior to getting an abortion. Not to head off any potential medicals issues. They just want to prove that while every zygote is sacred, women are not, and their vaginas most certainly are not. No doubt taking their cues from the likes of the santorums out there.

The First amendment to the Constitution provides religion a hedge against government intrusion AS WELL AS a hedge for the rest of us against religious intrusion. Freedom OF religion as we as freedom FROM religion. Here we have a candidate for the highest office who has zero comprehension of this fundamental principle. WTF?

LOL !!!

LOL !!!

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Welcome to the nutty world of

Welcome to the nutty world of GOP.... Wonder how many Americans want to live in the Stone Age?

The only other countries with

The only other countries with similar percentages of persons that still believe in the literal truth of the Genesis version of existence/creation....or some of the strongly Islamic nations found in the middle-east.

My proposal, let's all

My proposal, let's all ejaculate on him and tell him to take good care of the "Kids"!!! Retarded moron!!

Can barely wait for Nov. 6

Can barely wait for Nov. 6 and all those silly GOP nonsense bubbles to burst into oblivion.

Whew.

Obama 2012

"I took an MRI of Rick

"I took an MRI of Rick Santorum's head and found NOTHING!" -paraphrasing Groucho Marx

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