Rick Santorum is preparing to run again, as both the champion of the Extreme Religious Right, and blue collar America. The truth is, he’s neither; he is another political panderer.
In a recent appearance on The Dom Giordano Show, Santorum had this to say about the Pope (You know, God’s head honcho here on earth) and his concerns about the care of God’s planet:
“When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible.
The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is … theology and morality.”
Yes, they’re sooooooo good at that morality thing. Anyway… If the Pope is not supposed to be a steward of the Earth, then I can’t imagine who the hell should be. And this is a Pope who is a scientist.
As another religious scientist, Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory once put it:
“Doing science is like playing a game with God, playing a puzzle with God. God sets the puzzles and after I can solve one, I can hear him cheering, “Great, that was wonderful, now here’s the next one.” It’s the way I can interact with the Creator.”
In fact, it is Rick Santorum and his fellow phony Christians that have placed politics ahead of their religion. When past Popes agreed with their views they displayed reverence for them. This Pope, more like the God of the Bible and his Son than any before him, is now lectured by those same men because the political and financial stakes are greater. Environmentalism just doesn’t play well with Conservatives.
Like most of the Right’s phony Christians, Santorum plays the religion card when it benefits him, but his real God is political power.
In a 2005 article for the Philadelphia City Paper, Mike Newall wrote:
“… what’s arguably most intriguing about Santorum — is his sanctimonious, almost angry belief that he is absolutely, undeniably right. What people, places and events led him to such blinding self-righteousness?”
In the same article, political analyst Terry Madonna is quoted as saying:
“Too much attention has been spent on Santorum as the cultural ideologue and not enough on his pragmatism and political opportunism. Inside this raging bull of a conservative is a pragmatist for whom getting re-elected always trumps ideology.”
We’re seeing that now of course, as Santorum attempts to pass himself off as a blue-collar champion. But like those in his party, he has nothing but contempt for those not like him, or as he sees it, beneath him. As The Campaign for America’s Future recently pointed out, Rick Santorum:
- Believes that the minimum wage is a “disincentive” to hiring?
- Proposes cutting off government aid to the unemployed, and ending federal home heating assistance?
- Believes the safety net has become ” “a hunter’s net that ensnares the vulnerable”?
- Thinks the term “middle-class” is “Marxism talk,” because “There are no classes in America”?
- Says things like, “Just because these people need help doesn’t mean the federal government needs to help”?
As Santorum himself once told a New York Times writer:
“I’ve never read the Bible cover to cover; maybe I should have”
Amen, brother. Amen.