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9 Santorum Speeches That Make Me Want to Throw Up

The thought of living under a neo-theocracy makes me kind of queasy.
 
 
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The topic was a speech that Rick Santorum, really, really didn't like -- the speech John F. Kennedy gave during the 1960 presidential campaign, in which Kennedy declared his belief in an "absolute" wall of separation between church and state.

"That makes me throw up," Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania told George Stephanopolous on the ABC News program, "This Week."

That got me to thinking about speeches that might make me throw up, and, funny thing, an awful lot of them were delivered by Rick Santorum. I mean, this guy is the oratorical equivalent of a bottle of ipecac.

The thought of living under a neo-theocracy makes me kind of queasy, and Santorum's lectures often render judgment on the theology of others, not to mention the supremacy of his own, which he seems keen to throw, like a wet blanket, over the writhing body politic -- a worldview that Santorum would seek to institutionalize in policy and law.

Then there's the anti-intellectualism, and the demonization of educators as "indoctrinators" -- not to mention his customary celebration of ignorance. Santorum's plan for reviving American manufacturing seems to rest on making it more difficult for people to go to college, forcing them onto his 19th-century idea of what a factory floor looks like. Ew, that's a nasty taste in my mouth.

Another thing that gives me a case of agita: demeaning the memory of the Holocaust and its victims, as Santorum does when he uses what he calls " World War II metaphor[s]" to compare President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, or Democratic procedural moves in the Senate to the Nazi invasion of France.

And racism -- damn, that stuff just gives me a major fit of chalushes, as in when the very pious senator repeatedly characterizes food-stamp recipients as black or members of "minority communities."

This list of nauseating pronouncements by the current frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination consists of remarks derived only from speeches (hence, none of his trademark anti-gay comments). There are many more invitations to cookie-tossing in the senator's numerous television appearances and written statements.

These speech excerpts are presented in no particular order, and this is, by no means, a comprehensive list. But with such an embarrassment of vomitorious riches, one has to stop somewhere.

1. Hailing the Crusades; Spartansburg, S.C. (Feb. 22, 2011). While yet undecided on whether he had heard the call to run for the presidency, Santorum traveled to South Carolina to deliver a speech to the students of Oakbrook Preparatory School, a private Christian academy. There he educated the young men in attendance on the virtues of the Roman Catholic Church's crusades against the Muslims of the Holy Land. From GoUpstate, a South Carolina Web site:

"The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical," Santorum said. "And that is what the perception is by the American left who hates Christendom. They hate Christendom. They hate Western civilization at the core. That's the problem."

But Santorum, 52, disagreed with the "Christian Soldier" assessment.

"I don't see it that way at all," he said. "What I'm talking about is onward American soldiers. What we're talking about are core American values. 'All men are created equal' -- that's a Christian value, but it's an American value. It's become part of our national religion, if you will. The point I was trying to make was that the national faith, the national ideal, is rooted in the Christian ideal -- in the Judeo-Christian concept of the person."